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“Hidden Passages Adventure Tour!”

Natural Bridge Caverns
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San Antonio Explorer Pass
Ranked #20 of 274 things to do in San Antonio
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Come on down (way down) at the largest underground attraction in Texas! Daily guided tours allow guests to explore large underground chambers and see huge formations. The largest room is bigger than a football field. Above ground, discover rocks, minerals, and rough-cut gems at the Natural Bridge Mining Company Sluice. The Canopy Challenge will test your agility on over 40 different obstacles while you are on our 4 story, 60 foot high Adventure Course. Then you can fly across the scenic Texas Hill Country on our zip-lines! (Canopy Challenge is open daily but weather dependent.)
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Activities for older children
Reviewed April 22, 2013

This review is for the specific Hidden Passages Adventure Tour at Natural Bridge Caverns in San Antonio. Natural Bridge Caverns on its own is pretty awesome, but if you are the physically fit and adventurous type, then the Hidden Passages Adventure Tour is a must!

The tour is pricey, $140 per person and young children cannot go, but if you have a teenager who is your favorite child, then definitely bring them!

LIke previously mentioned, the tour was $140 per person and I had to make reservations; they only do the tour once a day in the morning and it maxes out at 6 people. When me (25 years old) and my fiance (27 years old) went on the tour we were the only guests (there were two guides with us). The guides said that during the school year their tour is typically just a few people, but once school lets out the tour fills up. We went on a Saturday and it was great that it was just the two of us.

The tour took us right at 3 hours to complete, but if there had been the full 6 people on the tour I believe it would have taken 4-5 hours. It starts out with being lowered through a 22 inch well shaft that is VERY small. It is 160 feet long and takes about 3 minutes to get through. They are not joking when they say it is a TIGHT squeeze. It's an exhilarating experience, but not for the faint of heart.

Once at the bottom we then proceeded to crawl, jump, and rappel through the cavern that is a true "wild cave." In this part of the cavern there are no lights, no handrails, no paths, nothing. Absolutely nothing. It is physically demanding as the oxygen content is lower and it is pretty humid, but if you are somewhat active and don't mind slipping and getting muddy, then you will be fine.

I brought a waterproof and shockproof camera and actually was able to take some cool pictures, but I would not bring a normal camera, as my camera was filthy by the end. On that note I will say to definitely bring an extra change of clothes and bring them when you check in. At the beginning of the tour you will go get ready in a separate building that has a changing area for this tour. You will get muddy.

We didn't think the guides worked on tips, but we still tipped them with cash at the end. They were really appreciative and they are working hard, so I definitely suggest it.

If you're in for an adventure and think it would be cool to be almost 300 feet below surface with absolutely no light (other than your head lamp) then for sure take this tour, you won't regret it!

8  Thank Chelsie S
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Reviewed April 22, 2013

Wear the right kind of shoes! I made the mistake of wearing flip flops...not smart! The walk to the Caverns and back is a bit stenuous. It was very worth it. I loved seeing the caves.

Thank TravelinTorres
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Reviewed April 21, 2013

Really fun thing to do just outside of San Antonio...be prepared for humidity inside the cave, though, and some steep pathways...lots of stairs, too. We overdressed expecting a "cool" temperature down under...Beautiful caverns, not cheesy like Meramac caverns in Missouri.. They are building some new outdoor stuff for kids too...climbing things and zip lining.

Thank Sandy K
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Reviewed April 21, 2013

Natural Bridge Caverns, a trip deep down earth, well at least 211 feet where the temperature is a constant 70F and the humidity at 99%, watching mother nature's artistic work performed over millions of years and still at it. The caves are active and water is dripping continuing the formation of the columns. The trails are wet and can be very slippery at places, however there are handrails to assist and viewing and rest areas. The rock formations are artistic and beautiful. The tour guide was knowledgeable with the history, science and the local names of each chamber. Safety is paramount and precautions are are pointed out and adhered to.
One needs very comfortable clothing and walking shoes to enjoy the walk.
Well worth the time and money

Thank OussamaSalah
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Reviewed April 20, 2013

I like the going do to see the caves and it was very neat to see when I was their and like going down. To the formations and neat to see it james

Thank jameslparks
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