Texas - Photographic Tour of Caves in the Caverns of Sonora

The crystalline Butterfly in the Caverns of Sonora / Texas

Do you see the butterfly wings?
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Caverns of Sonora

The location of this cave with its awe-inspiring and stunningly beautiful natural creations is in the southwestern part of Texas just eight miles west of Sonora. One can access the Caverns of Sonora by taking exit 392 off of Interstate 10. Please join us on this photographic tour of one of the Texas sites well worth a visit.

A friend and I had started our trek heading west from Houston and our goal was to view national parks, state parks and other scenic points of interest.

As we passed San Antonio and continued west, we started seeing ads for the Caverns of Sonora.

We were making pretty good time on the road and decided that we could spare an hour or so to take a look and discover what this cavern beneath the surface of the ground had to offer.


Caverns of Sonora

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Caverns of Sonora "Crystalline Butterfly"

The butterfly pictured above has been a trademark for the Caverns of Sonora since 1960.

It truly looks like a butterfly has alighted upon the crystallized walls of the cavern and in fluttering it's wings has been frozen for all eternity with it's wings in a wide open pose.

Caverns of Sonora TX

Caverns of Sonora

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Caverns of Sonora

The railing offers something to hang onto as one walks through this cave.
The railing offers something to hang onto as one walks through this cave. | Source

In touring these caverns, they are not the largest of caves by any measure but they are strikingly attractive and well illuminated so that one can enjoy viewing the many different formations via a closer perspective.

Other than some necessary stair climbing both up and down, most of the cave had level pathways with railings for safety.

Stalactites hang down from the ceiling and are continually growing.

Stalagmites are also growing up from the floor.

Sometimes they are both collectively referred to with the name dripstone.

The cave is chock full of interesting and different types of shapes and forms to tickle the imagination.

Several looked just like slices of bacon.

Another grouping looked like a spilled bucket of popcorn littering the floor.

Other tree like structures add interest.

At one point it looks like you are walking into the belly of a whale!

One can imagine a lions tail dangling down from the ceiling.

The limits of imagination can be stretched to describe all the interesting clusters of design found in the Caverns of Sonora!

Sonora, Texas and it's Caverns

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Above the cave grounds, picnic tables are offered and we took advantage of using them for our lunch. On the other side of the fence we saw a large herd of grazing cattle.

We were later to see Carlsbad Caverns National Park. It is vast and has huge chambers in comparison to this cave.

If you like seeing things up close and personal, then this Caverns of Sonora cave will satisfy you.

It is truly a sparkling gem among many grand Texas sites worth visiting.

Be sure and take your camera!

Additional photos from the Caverns of Sonora

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Does this look like bacon to you?Entering the "belly of a whale"...
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Entering the "belly of a whale"...
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Caverns of Sonora location in Texas

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Caverns Rd, Sonora, TX 76950, USA
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Cattle grazing above the Caverns of Sonora

This is what it looks like above ground at the Caverns of Sonora.
This is what it looks like above ground at the Caverns of Sonora. | Source

Caverns of Sonora

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Peggy W 6 weeks ago from Houston, Texas Author

Hi Susie,

That is the wonder of the Internet. We all get to see and enjoy scenery and learn about places we may never get to visit in person. I am happy to know that you enjoyed this tour of the Caverns of Sonora. Thanks for your comment.


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colorfulone 6 weeks ago from Minnesota

Caves are like a whole different world . This one would be amazing to see personally, I would love it, Peggy. Thank you for the the photo tour, that might be as close as I ever get to seeing this unique place.


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Peggy W 6 months ago from Houston, Texas Author

Hi Robert,

It was fun. I was a child and I remember we had to duck our heads as we entered the cave.


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Robert Sacchi 6 months ago

That must be a wonderful boat ride through caverns.


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Peggy W 6 months ago from Houston, Texas Author

Hi Robert,

You are correct. It is enjoyable visiting caverns both large and small unless one is claustrophobic. I remember when I was a child I got to ride in a boat into one of them with my family. That was up in the Midwest...probably somewhere in Wisconsin.


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