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This page last updated September 13, 2013

Colorado Bend State Park


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 Texas Speleological Association's 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) 628-3240.

No caving is allowed without a permit!

Wild Cave Tours - Home
West Cave
Kickapoo Cavern SNA
Kickapoo Cavern
Stuart Bat Cave
Devil's Sinkhole
Colorado Bend SP
Cicurina Cave
Dynamite Cave
Gorman Cave
Lemons Ranch Cave
Turtle Shell Cave