Caverns of Sonora

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Caverns of Sonora
4.5
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8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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The Caverns of Sonora is a National Natural Landmark and ranks as one of the most beautiful show caves in the world.
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melwashere81
Cleveland, TX881 contributions
Aug 2021 • Couples
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 there. They told us we could come inside and sit and have some coffee before the tour began which was nice. Tickets are $20 and are available at the door. The online tickets are confusing but its basically for a private group tour so be advised if there aren't that many of you then you want to wait and pay at the door. Luckily we were on the first tour and noone else showed up so we got our own private tour anyway.

The cavern is really humid so you will get sweaty. No drinks are allowed inside so be prepared to get a bit dehydrated as the tour is over an hour long. Also, there are no purses or bags allowed on the tour either so these will have to be locked inside your vehicle. The formations are absolutely beautiful and our guide was nice enough to snap pictures of us throughout. There are a lot of stairs so if you have mobility issues you may want to rethink the tour. I'm in fairly decent shape and my knees were killing me by the end.

The gift shop has a nice selection of gifts but not too many of the typical tourist souvenirs (no shotglasses). I was able to get a t shirt and a souvenir patch so I was happy about that. Overall we really enjoyed our time here and we would love to come back next time we are in the area.
Written September 6, 2021
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Jennifer M
Atascocita, TX60 contributions
Jun 2020 • Couples
This was our halfway point on a trip from Galveston to Lajitas, Texas. Two couples with a 31’ bumper-pull camper behind an F250. We knew that because of Houston and San Antonio traffic we would have to break up the trek into 2 days. We weren’t expecting much. The sight was not too crowded. Staff friendly and helpful.

The reviews for the cavern seemed over the top, but it did not disappoint. The guide was very knowledgeable. One of the prettiest caves you can experience.

They limited the number of people in the group to 6, must purchase the group ticket, no one else can join your family/group. The cave is warm and humid. Wear sneakers and leave the jacket behind. It’s not a strenuous walk but does take about an hour and 20 minutes.

We wouldn’t have stopped here but for it being on the route. Glad we didn’t miss it.

Written June 28, 2020
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rekab3136
Texas51 contributions
Jul 2021
Great experience but you have to have reasonable expectations.

First, our guide was informative and personable. We enjoyed getting to ask questions, and to an amateur like myself it was educational and still a pleasant way to spend a couple of hours.

However, here are some caveats. It is not cold, but actually very humid and you may get hot inside (we did), so dress appropriately. It is at times tight quarters, and if you may be claustrophobic, consider this before going. You may need to wear a mask; we did not have to but this may still be a fluid issue. You will likely be in tight quarters with strangers, breathing their air. Remember this is privately owned, and they set the rules, not the governor or someone you read off the internet.

Also, you must be in reasonably good physical condition in my opinion. This is not the best place to discover you have physical handicaps. There are a lot of steps to climb. Also, if you have ever been to Carlsbad Caverns, it is definitely not the same. There are none of the accoutrements that Carlsbad has. I am just saying, you can't compare the experience. Both are great but still very different.

If you have questions, you can call them beforehand to ask so you are not surprised by anything.

--Overall, a great experience. I wouldn't drive across Texas to see it, but if you're in the proximity, then it's a nice mini-adventure. We will definitely go back!
Written July 18, 2021
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Andrea L
2 contributions
Jun 2021
Caverns were amazing. Ticket purchasing was another story. Driving in from CA and doing our tickers online, it forces you to purchase a group tour and doesn't advertise that you can purchase individual tickers with no problem when you arrive. So I spent $150 on 3 of us instead of $20 per person. When I asked about this when I arrived, I was told" oh well that is the online group that handles our ticketing". No one to call to report it as they make it impossible to get in touch with anyone. Make sure you purchase tickets there or you will spend WAY over what you should. They need much better advertising.
Written July 20, 2021
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Ashley J
Dallas, TX40 contributions
Aug 2020
COVID: You book a private tour of up to 6 people for $120 (no matter how many people). Guide removed mask once tour began because it was hard to talk. She was very pleasant and knew exactly what to highlight. We took our masks off partway through because of the heat. Hand sanitizer is all around except inside the cave. Make sure to wipe down your phone/camera after the tour because you will touch many, many handrails inside the cave.

Our private tour was $120 and only lasted 45 minutes. That being said, I felt like we saw a lot and were plenty sweaty so it was long enough. I think around $80-$100 would be a little more reasonable though. We *never had to crawl or fit through tight spaces* on the tour. It was pretty easy, with only one stretch of going up 3 flights of stairs in a row.

Say hi to the peacocks and chickens outside the gift shop.
Written August 30, 2020
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James G
Waco, TX11 contributions
Mar 2022 • Family
We stopped here in our way to Big Bend as a layover. The RV park is inexpensive ($25/nt) and made for a great place to be able to go right to the cave when it opened.

The people are quintessential west Texas! The guide was very knowledgeable about the cavern and it’s history. We enjoyed the various formations and learning opportunities for our kids.
Written March 11, 2022
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Flyinggal
174 contributions
Apr 2021
$20 admission each. We had to wait over an hour for the next tour. Then when we finally got started, a kid said he had to go to the bathroom and they waited almost 20 minutes for him to come back with no place to sit down. Very strenuous for elderly. Lots of stairs up and down and not many benches or places that you can sit down to rest. Nice growing formations but a bit claustrophobic and narrow. No grand rooms like in many other caverns. When we came into the store/ticket office, the lady took a look at us and in a not so friendly manner warned us that it was hot in the caverns and that it involved a lot of stairs. We should have listened to her and walked away. The guide was knowledgeable but he had done the tour so many times he was less than enthusiastic. We came away drenched in sweat and tired beyond belief.
Written May 21, 2021
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Marie M
Round Rock, TX4 contributions
Jan 2020
The cave was beautiful, the tour was great and the gift shop had lots of cute souvenirs and some snacks, however the lack of published tour times made it confusing. We called to get clarification and we were told to just show up and there would be a tour within an hour, but since we purchased tix online instead of in-store, we were not guaranteed a spot on the tour. How does a paying customer not get a spot??
They opened at 9am and we showed up at 9:30 with our fingers crossed, luckily they said they would start a group at 10am so we only had to wait 30 min. There was also a family who had arrived when the place opened who had to wait, with a 4-year old. Halfway through the tour the child was grumpy and the mom was annoyed because he had gotten bored and tired during the hour wait for the tour. They had shown up thinking the first tour started at 9 and had no way of knowing they would have to wait for an hour.
It would be great if they had established tour times published on their website so people with small children and people who are making this a destination spot will know what time they should arrive to minimize waiting. And the policy of not guaranteeing online sales should be reconsidered, even though it wasn't an issue for us this time, it may negatively impact other customers in the future.
Written January 20, 2020
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Ples R
Slidell, LA86 contributions
Sep 2021
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 tired. Lots of steps and tight corners. I am not in the best shape but i had no issues with the stairs but if you have knee problems you may want to sit this one out.
The start of the tour is a little disappointing, just a normal looking cave but once you get a little ways in you will see cave features i have not seem anywhere else in any other cavern. It was beautiful. i highly recommend taking this tour if your in the area or passing thru. They do not have the amenities of Carlsbad or even Natural Bridge Caverns but it has a lot more to see in the cave and the tour group was small enough to be able to enjoy it.
Written September 5, 2021
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Randy V
4 contributions
Feb 2020 • Solo
I have driven I-10 for 30 years and have never stopped to this location. I was always curious in coming but didn't think it would be worth my time in the middle of the desert. I was wrong. Currently the cost is $20 per person but it is well worth it. No where as big as Carlsbad caverns but much bigger than the caverns in Virginia. It is a very intimate tour. I think they take groups of 10 or less. Rock formations are within arm's length. They do have concrete flooring,stairs, and rails throughout the caverns. A couple of places to duck but nowhere you have to crawl. It is constantly
very humid (98 %) and 74 degrees. Not sure of temperature. Stop and walking was about 90 minutes. It is tempting given how close we were to the caves, but please do not touch the formations.
Written March 5, 2020
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