The Caverns of Sonora, a National Natural Landmark, is a unique cave located 8 miles (13 km) west of the small city of Sonora, the seat of Sutton County, Texas. It is a world-class cave because of its stunning array of calcite crystal formations, especially helictites. These helictites are found in extreme abundance, often with a rare purity and complexity. One formation is so densely packed with them, it has been dubbed the "snake pit". The founder of the National Speleological Society, Bill Stephenson, said of the cave after his first visit: "This is the most indescribably beautiful cave in the world, its beauty cannot be exaggerated, not even by a Texan."Using our international travel planner, Sonora attractions like Caverns of Sonora can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
Caverns of Sonora reviews
If you are driving through sonora and have a chance to stop then do so. The owners are so sweet. We arrived an hour early since we were on a road trip and wasn't sure how long it would take to get... more »
I just walked in and paid for a tour, $20 for the tour. Like some of the other people have mentioned it not so much hot as very high humidity and according to my tour guide high CO2 so you fell... more »
Caverns of Sonora has very many special memories not only for me, but as well as my family. My father originally had taken me to the caverns in 1987. At 14 the caverns were absolutely magical. It is a trip that stayed with me all my life. I knew I would take my children, just as my father had taken me. In 2016, on Valentine's Day, my daughter was able to experience the magic of Sonora as well. I know we will be back! I would also like to add that our guide Rita, is phenomenal. With a small group, the tour is not only a lesson but, a joy. My daughter was the only child with our group, and she engaged her mind the entire tour. For that I am grateful. I can't wait to return.
The caverns are beautiful and worth the trip! I've visited this cave countless times and have always had a great experience, minus the last time I went. They threw our group of three into a tour that had already started so the tour had to wait for us to be guided in. We had to skip a good portion of the cave just to catch up. Once in, our tour guide was the absolute worst. I believe her name was Patty. She rushed us through the cave and was extremely rude to several members of the tour and failed to point out many features of the cave that it is known for. She was disrespectful to an elderly couple that were a little bit slower and had trouble keeping up. She kept referring to the cave as "her's" and when someone would ask a question, she acted as if it was an inconvenience and gave an abbreviated answer exposing her lack of knowledge. She was unfriendly, crass and her knowledge of the cave was laughable. Avoid her at all costs. I visit this cave a couple times a year and literally EVERY other tour guide is pleasant, knowledgeable and fun. Patty was horrible and one you should avoid. All that said, if you catch one of the many other tour guides who are friendly and knowledgeable, the caverns are well worth the stop.
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