Caves...

I have really come to enjoy going into show caves. Each cave I have visited is listed below. There are a few small notes for each and a link to one of my favorite pictures from my visit. In addition, there is a webpage for each cave with more details, pictures, and links. If you have any questions or comments please feel free to email me at wxstar3 and then @ hotmail.com I have it written out like this here to keep from getting too much spam. thanks and enjoy!

Order from those first visited to the last # times visited
Carlsbad Caverns New Mexico 

Last Visited: June 2003

Photo notes: Tripod Allowed...self Guided!!!! WHOOHOO!!!

Notes: 

There are many tours offered at Carlsbad. In addition there are hiking trails and bat flight shows at night (late spring and summer). This can be self guided, Radio tour, or Ranger lead tour.

? 3 or 4 times
Natural Bridge Caverns Texas

Last Visited: 2001?

Photo notes: NA

Notes: 

There are many tours offered. Most of the tour is level and easy. There is a quite a climb at the end though. This cave harbors the largest room in Texas. 

 

3
Cascade Caverns Texas

Last Visited: 2001?

Photo notes: Tripods & Small Backpacks allowed

Notes: 

This is a short cave, but an enjoyable one. There are a flight of steps into and out of the cave. The Waterfall within the cave is only present when there has been an abundance of rain.  

1
Wonder Cave Texas

Last Visited: 2001?

Photo notes: Tripods & Small Backpacks allowed

Notes: 

This is a short cave, but an enjoyable one. There are a flight of steps into and out of the cave. The Waterfall within the cave is only present when there has been an abundance of rain.  

1
Innerspace Caverns Texas

Last Visited: 2001?

Photo notes: Tripods & Small Backpacks allowed

Notes: 

This is a very nice cave. The formations in the cave are quite nice and there are several fairly good sized rooms as well. There are several switchbacks, but they are easy and the rest of the cave are fairly even. This is a must see on my list.

3
Longhorn Caverns Texas

Last visited: 2001?

Photo notes: NO TRIPODS

Notes: 

This cave has a short flight of steps into and out of the cave. Once in the cave it is an easy walk through carved rooms where water once followed. There is a room of beautiful calcite formations that is very impressive and flint nodules are seen throughout the cave. 

4
Ice Caves New Mexico

last visited: June 2003

Photo notes: Tripods & Backpacks allowed

Notes: 

This is actually an enormous lava tube! There is a flight of steps to a small platform just under the lip of the lava tube where you are chilled because you are just over the ice pack. This ice dates back to the ice ages. This is a really neat experience, not to mention a volcano to climb right next door! :)

1
Sonora Caverns Texas

Last visited: July 2003

Photo notes: NO TRIPODS OR BACKPACKS. This cave is very tight in spaces...

Notes: 

My all time favorite cave. Though slightly strenuous this cave is so highly decorated that you can't figure out if your out of breath because of the walk or the beauty of the cave.  There are really only a few tiring spots in the cave.  Most of the formations are pure white. The amount of helictites is astounding. 

1
Cave without a Name Texas

Last visited: July 2003

Photo notes: Tripod was allowed the last time I went.

Notes: 

This cave is practically hidden. Its a nice cave with a good variety of formations. Its a small cave though and a flight of narrow stairs in and out are required. 

 

1
Meramec Caverns Missouri

Last visited: June 2004

Photo notes: Tripod allowed

Notes: 

This cave was a very pleasant cave. Very easy trails a small flight of steps is certainly no problem. There are nice formations, some protected by Plexiglas.  It is a very commercialized cave though. Outside the cave is just as beautiful as inside. 

1
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I have created a list of the caves in order from my favorite to the least favorite. Cave Ranking


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