Longhorn Cavern State Park
Cave of Legends
Many stories and legends surround Longhorn Cavern. But geology is what makes it truly unique. Explore the cavern for yourself, just 1.5 hours northwest of Austin.
Things to Do
Tour the cavern! Before or after your tour, hike one of our trails, picnic, or learn about the Civilian Conservation Corps and its work in Texas (see the exhibit in the original administration building). Entry to the park is free; entry to the cavern is by paid guided tours.
Shop at our gift shop; we sell souvenirs and snacks.
Visit nearby Inks Lake State Park, which offers camping and outdoor fun.
Guided Cave Tours
We offer a variety of cavern tours. Choose one that suits your abilities and interests.
Make tour reservations at Visit Longhorn Cavern.
The cave is 68 degrees year-round. For your safety and comfort, please wear low-heeled shoes with rubber soles.
- Walking Tour: Explore the cave and learn about its history and geology on this 1.5-mile round trip. Highlights include Crystal City, Queen’s Watchdog, Indian Council Room, Underground Ballroom, and the Hall of Marble. We offer these tours multiple times each day, all year-round. The tour takes about 1.5 hours.
- Wild Cave Tour: See Longhorn Cavern as it was before modern lights and pathways. The Wild Cave tour takes guests on a wriggling, crawling adventure through an undeveloped portion of the cave. You will get dirty! The tour lasts two to three hours and requires appropriate caving safety equipment. Contact the park for current Wild Cave Tour availability.
- Geology Program: Learn about the complex geology of Longhorn Cavern State Park and the Texas Hill Country. The Geology Program is an in-depth group learning experience for curious minds aged 13 and older. The short program includes a geologist-led lecture and cave tour; the long program adds guided field exploration. Contact the park to schedule a program for your school or group.
- Photography Tour: Capture the unique beauty of Longhorn Cavern on a guided Photography Tour. You’ll get to photograph the most scenic rooms in the cave at your own pace. These small group tours last three hours. You may bring whatever photography equipment you can comfortably carry into the cave. Contact the park to reserve your place on one of these limited availability tours.
Civilian Conservation Corps: The CCC cleared the cavern of debris, and built the facilities of this park and the scenic byway accessing it in the 1930s. To learn more about the CCC’s work here, stop by the original administration building and check the links below:
Nearby cities offer museums, shopping and restaurants: