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Nov 14, 2016 - Sonora TX - Caverns of Sonora - Tour

We have to say that our tour was amazing, if you are ever in the area, you HAVE TO STOP by and take the tour. We have been to 3 caverns and this one by far is most extensive when it comes to different types of formations. We were blown away by all we saw, as you can see from the photos the Caverns are beautiful. We found out that some of their signature formations - The Butterfly and the Soda Straws have been destroyed by visitors who wanted a souvenir. The owners were able to track down the idiot who took the butterfly through is Facebook...

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Second Half of 2016

Nov 13, 2016 - Sonora TX - Cavern of Sonora

We will be exploring the caverns tomorrow. Here is the history of the caverns. The Mayfield family began its ranching operations in Sonora Texas around the turn of the 20th Century. An opening in the rocks was found in the southern part of the ranch when a dog chased a raccoon into this 20-inch opening. Locals began exploring the cave sometime in the early 20’s. They could go back about 500 feet from the entrance to a fifty-foot deep pit. This section of the Cave was eventually known as Mayfield Cave. Labor day weekend, 1955, the discovery...

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Second Half of 2016

Sep 29, 2014 - West Texas

Sorry no photos. The sayhing about Texas is still true. The best part of Texas is what you see in the rearview mirror. West Texas is rather flat and full of scrub brush. Freericksburg is in the hill country is rather nice. West Texas on the other hand is just lots of land where the buffalo used to roam. I did, however, stay at an RV park called Caverns at Sonoro. There is an incredible cave system under the scrub land. The main difference between this system and Mamouth Cave in Kentuckey is that this cave system was caused by water erroding...

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Summer Trip 2014

Feb 19, 2013 - Sonora

We left Bandera and drove to Sonora . We descended into The Caverns of Sonora about 2pm and spent over 2 hours underground. When you first enter the enclosure over the entrance they show you a hole the size of a basketball. This was the first opening discovered about 50 yrs ago. You then descend down some stairs to the first room. This is a living cave. all formations are living organisms. no touching. Even a light touch is enough to kill the growth. Amazing formations throughout over 2 miles of tunnels. Check "Caverns of Sonora " on...

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Mar 10, 2012 - The Caverns of Sonora

Everyone has heard of Carlsbad Caverns in NM, but who has heard of the Caverns of Sonora in Texas? Not I. Nancy found this campground just by looking for places to stay on our route; a small campground about 10 miles south of highway 10. It only had about 10 spots for RV's and we were probably at the maximum length. We arrived about 4:00 pm, just as the rain started. We rushed to set up the RV so we could take the last cavern tour of the day. We ran up to the store/lodge where the tour starts. It was really cold and rainy now. The first...

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Apr 26, 2011 - Sonora Caverns TX

We were off by eight this morning and had an uneventful easy drive; especially for Doug who spent the day reclined in the back seat. Fillmore has learned to tolerate him and there were only minor territorial skirmishes. We drove a little over 300 miles again today and are stopped in a small campground called Sonora Caverns and RV Campground near Sonora TX. There are only about 6 RV spaces. As we registered, they announced the last cavern tour of the day and we ran outside to tell David. He loves caves and immediately pounced on the...

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Living Our Dream

Mar 10, 2010 - Peacock Park!

We spent last night at the Sonora Caverns. They have camping for tents and RV's, which turned out to be a very good thing, because on I-10 the places to stop are few & far between! The towns are small and rather depressed so I don't feel real safe just stopping at a tiny gas station somewhere. The two RV parks listed on Google in town both had disconnected phones. It was only 15 dollars for water and electric, so they weren't trying to rip everyone off which is nice for a change. Bernie had no interest in going through the caverns (little...

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Nov 10, 2009 - "Red & Yella Kill a Fella"

We toured the caverns this morning with six other people and our tour guide Victoria. The beauty of the caverns is everything we had heard and read about and then some, It takes about two hours for the tour it is 78F and humid inside with a fairly easy walk through except for the final steps up to the exit. Just as we were coming up to the exit door someone said is that a real snake? when I looked down I seen a red, yellow and black banded snake that was about two feet long. I don't remember where we were just recently and we were told "red...

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Feb 23, 2009 - To the Hill Country & Beyond

This was another driving day. We had intended to stay on I-10, but after we were on the road we decided to take a straighter route and avoid the dip down through Houston and San Antonio. This took us through the south side of Austin which was a good trade for the other two cities. Then we went through the Hill Country and on some roads we had traveled when we vacationed here a couple of years ago. Then we were back on I-10 and found here the speed limit was 80 mph. Our target for the day was Sonora. We arrived a bit earlier than expected...

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2009 Big Loop

Jun 17, 2008 - Caverns of Sonora

Finally on the road! Our first stop is Caverns of Sonora in west Texas. Once we got set up we walked over to tour the caverns. It was us and one other couple. About 2 hours underground. Great formations, but quite a bit of wear and tear. Still worth it. Woke up around 3:30am to a thunderstorm. We got about .4 inches of rain. Lightening made a "matchstick" out of a power pole up the hill. It burned until just after dawn. obviously no power after that. On the road again.... next stop Balmorhea State Park.

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Journa"lies"

Jun 9, 2008 - Sonora, TX has hotels!

We ended today at Sonora, TX after planning to stop once we hit I-10. Surprisingly enough, west Texas is pretty desolate and it's not as easy as one might think to find a good hotel! We found one that is not too bad though, and settled in to sleep, despite the slowly building humidity. Tomorrow, hopefully we can remember the Alamo...would hate to accidentally drive by it.

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Apr 20, 2008 - Caverns of Sonora

The Caverns of Sonora are described in the official Texas Travel Guide as "...most incredibly beautiful cavern in the world." ....So, of course we had to stop here. And what a great stop it was. The caverns are located on a working ranch and are privately owned; an RV park has been built for folks like us who want to do the tour and then kick back. Not only were we comfy, but the grounds have peacocks and tame deer in a bucolic setting. The cavern was discovered in 1905 but nothing was done to develop it until the 1950's. The ranch...

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