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Caverns of Sonora, Sonora

#20 of 219 in Nature in Texas
Cave · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
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."
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  • Wow - what a great experience! Blanca was the BEST tour guide - a natural and a local with lots of stories and fun facts that made the day a lot of fun for our high school girls. Totally worth...  more »
  • Thomas, our guide was fabulous! So informative.... my husband and I are on our first road trip after retirement... we are traveling from Louisiana to the West Coast and taking our time. We have...  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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