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Eckert James River Bat Cave Preserve

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Absolutely Amazing!

The drive is long and slow but the experience is fantastic! We've been to a few Texas caves to see... read more

Reviewed June 10, 2018
Melany V
Incredible experience!!

First of all, allow LOTS of time for the drive, because if you drive slow, you will see an... read more

Reviewed July 5, 2017
Cindy W
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Jun 10, 2018
“Absolutely Amazing!”
Jul 5, 2017
“Incredible experience!!”
One of the largest bat nurseries in the country, inhabited by about four million females from May to October.
near State Highway 290, Mason, TX
+1 210-224-8774
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Reviewed June 10, 2018

The drive is long and slow but the experience is fantastic! We've been to a few Texas caves to see bats but none came close to this one. The guide was knowledgable and kind. The bats emerged earlier than normal and we learned a ton!...More

Date of experience: June 2018
1  Thank Melany V
Reviewed July 5, 2017

First of all, allow LOTS of time for the drive, because if you drive slow, you will see an incredible amount of wildlife in the open range (look out for loose livestock!!) territory you will cover to get there. And then there is the river...More

Date of experience: July 2017
2  Thank Cindy W
Reviewed July 4, 2017

This was such an incredible experience, I barely know where to start. Our drive there was an adventure in itself (we didn't have totally complete directions), but once we made it there, the drive was totally forgotten. The presentation that was given was very informative,...More

Date of experience: July 2017
2  Thank ScootOverBaby
Reviewed July 3, 2017 via mobile

If you're in the Mason area this place is a must see. Very interesting to say the least. Bring the kids they will love it.

Date of experience: July 2017
Thank SouthTex
Reviewed June 11, 2017 via mobile

Be aware there is a low water crossing of James Ricer. River was up and there was just no way to get there. BUT we STILL regard the trip as a success. The drive in was so beautiful...it's worth it for just that! Saw LOTS...More

Date of experience: June 2017
1  Thank Charles R
Reviewed October 20, 2016 via mobile

Whenever we are in the area we go. It's a great adventure, good for all ages. Give it whirl. Be sure to give a donation.

Date of experience: September 2016
Thank sudsrus
Reviewed July 13, 2016

We own the ranch house right across the river from the Bat Cave the Bar None Ranch. We have been going to the bat cave for decades and it never gets old. People rent our ranch the Bar None Ranch just to come see the...More

Date of experience: July 2016
Thank Melinda O
Reviewed May 6, 2016 via mobile

This cave is unique because it's only females and their young who are here. Best to drive a truck to this remote location.

Date of experience: August 2015
Thank ShantaKuhl
Reviewed September 1, 2015

One of the most impressive bat viewing experiences I have ever had. Watching the bats return was spectacular. Highly recommend this if you're in Mason

Date of experience: July 2015
1  Thank Bill O
Reviewed July 26, 2015 via mobile

I have seen bat emergencies in Austin, at Bracken Cave and Old Tunnel. But I've never gotten up before dawn to catch them returning home to the roost at sunrise. What an amazing experience! The setup here makes for a wonderfully close view of one...More

Date of experience: July 2015
2  Thank 748lydias
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June 12, 2018|
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Response from Melany V | Reviewed this property |
The bats migrate when the weather begins to get cold so they may be gone but as your trip gets closer you should give the preserve a call just in case they are still there.