Texas Parks and Wildlife Department
holds weekend wild cave tours at Cicurina Cave, Dynamite Cave, Gorman Cave,
Lemons Ranch Cave, and Turtle Shell Cave. Normally, a Texas Conservation
Passport ($25 for one year) is required to attend. Cavers also can participate
in monthly work trips to the park under a group permit to the
Colorado Bend Project.
The Colorado Bend Project is now in it's 21st year.
Antique Bulldozer Pump at Gorman Spring, Colorado Bend State Park
- photo Butch Fralia
Please avoid rattlesnakes in the
caves, such as Cicurina and Dynamite. Do not harm rattlesnakes or other
fauna-cave entrances are part of their normal habitat. Stay away
from bats and avoid making noise. If you come into a room with bats, please
turn around and leave.
To get to Colorado Bend State Park,
drive north to Lampasas on U.S. 281 from San Antonio or U.S. 183 from Austin.
Turn west on RM 580 and drive 24 miles, crossing the Colorado River to
Bend, which is a small store. Turn left at the store onto the gravel road
and drive about 3 miles, passing the left-hand turnoff to Sulfur Springs.
Continue on the main gravel road, passing the turnoff to Gorman Falls on
the left and the superintendent's stone house on the right, finally arriving
at the small registration building near the Colorado River, about 8 miles
from Bend. Sign up here to see the caves. The park phone number is (915)
No caving is allowed without a permit!