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Kickapoo Cavern State Park

Natural Wonders

Bring a sense of wonder and your spirit of adventure to Kickapoo Cavern State Park. Head west from San An­tonio to explore this lightly-developed park with its many caves, birds, bats, trails and more.

Things to Do

The park offers hiking and mountain biking, cave exploration, camping, bird-watching, geocaching and evening bat flight viewing (in season).

Note: You must pack out your trash, as we do not have trash service.

Trails

Hike or bike miles of trails, catching glimpses of wildlife along the way. Check out our interactive trails map or download a trails map | PDF.

Don’t miss the Armadillo Lookout Trail, which leads to a panoramic view of the southwestern area of the park.

Camping

Stay overnight at one of our camp­sites. We have five full hookup camp­sites, 10 campsites with water only, and a 30-person group camp.

Caves

The park has 20 known caves; the two largest are Kickapoo Cavern and Stuart Bat Cave. Unauthorized entry into caves is not allowed, to protect the caves and the creatures that live in them.

Kickapoo Cavern is about 1,400 feet long, the result of 4 million years of geologic change. Park staff lead cave tours every Saturday.

Stuart Bat Cave is slightly shorter than Kickapoo and is the seasonal home to thousands of Mexican free-tailed bats. The bats live in the cave from mid-March to the end of October. They leave the cave each evening at dusk to hunt for their prey - insects.

If you visit Stuart Bat Cave to watch bat flights, please read and follow the posted rules for your safety.

Birding

About 240 migrant and resident bird species have been sighted in the park. Borrow a pair of binoculars at head­quarters and visit our bird blind to see who is stopping by for a drink.

Get involved

Support state parks by donating to the Texas Parks & Wildlife Foundation.

Ranger Programs

Check our Events page for upcoming programs.

Learn more about the park on our Nature or History pages, and by downloading our Interpretive Guide to Kickapoo Cavern State Park | PDF.

Cave Tours

We lead three-hour wild cave tours every Sat­ur­day at 1 p.m. Tours are by reservation only and limited to a maximum of 10 people. The cost is $10 per person in addition to the park's entrance fee. Children must be at least 5 years old. We recommend you reserve your tour ticket online before coming to the park, to guarantee entrance.

The cave is undeveloped and is a strenuous underground hiking adventure. Wear sturdy, closed toe, hiking or walking shoes with good traction, and bring two light sources (flashlights or headlamps) per person.

Contact the park for more infor­mation. Ask us about special group tours and events!

Text says Park Entrance is Free November 8

Reservations recommended!


20939 RR 674
Brackettville, TX 78832

Latitude: 29.610016

Longitude: -100.452465

(830) 563-2342

Make reservations online

Reserve by phone: (512) 389-8900

Entrance Fees
  • Adult : $3 Daily
  • Child 12 Years and Under: Free
Hours

Open from 8 a.m. Friday to 5 p.m. on Monday;
closed Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

 

To enter, you must reserve passes online, or by calling the customer service center, before you visit.


Check current restrictions at all our parks due to COVID-19


Unauthorized entry into caves is prohibited.

 

Climate

January average low is 35 degrees. July average high is 95 degrees. Average rainfall is 18 inches.

National Weather Service forecast for this area
Elevation

1,580 to 2,002 feet

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