Q: What are the hours of Longhorn Cavern State Park?
A: Longhorn Cavern State Park is a day use only park. Gates are open from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m., depending on the season. The park is open 363 days/year and closed on Christmas Day.
Q: May I enter the park grounds after hours?
A: No. All access to Longhorn Cavern State Park is prohibited when the gates are closed. Parking outside the gates and walking into the park is considered trespassing by State Park Police.
Q: How much does it cost to visit Longhorn Cavern State Park?
A: Unlike many Texas State Parks, Longhorn Cavern State Park does not charge an entry fee to access the park grounds. Guests may visit the above ground areas of the park for FREE during park hours. Cavern access is by paid guided tour only and tickets can be purchased in the main visitor building. Please visit the Tours page for current information and pricing on our various cavern tours.
Q: When are the cavern Walking Tours?
A: The guided Walking Tour of Longhorn Cavern is our most popular tour. Walking Tours are offered multiple times throughout the day, all year round. For current times, please refer to the Current Operating Hours in the right-hand column of this page.
Q: Can I buy tour tickets online?
A: Not at this time. Same day Walking Tour and Wild Cave Tour tickets can be purchased in the main visitor building when you arrive at the park. Reservations are always recommended for Wild Cave Tours and required for Photography Tours. Large groups (20+) should contact the park for group rates and reservations.
Q: Do I need a reservation to tour the cavern?
A: For the cavern Walking Tour, reservations are not available for individuals or groups of less than 20 people. Tickets for the next available tour can be purchased at the front desk. We suggest you arrive 30-60 minutes early during spring break and holiday periods to minimize wait time between tours. Individual and small group reservations are recommended for the Wild Cave Tour and are required for the Photography Tour.
Q: What if I want to visit the cavern with a large group (20+ people)?
Groups with more than 20 people are eligible for a group discount and a specially-assigned guide to escort your group through the cavern. Reservations are required for all large group tours. Groups will be asked to submit a deposit, with the remaining balance paid onsite via a single form of payment. Contact the park for more information on group bookings.
Q: What is the temperature & humidity in the cavern?
A: It is 68 degrees Fahrenheit / 20 degrees Celsius year-round in the deepest parts of the cave. Relative humidity is about 60%.
Q: How should I dress to go on a Walking Tour?
A: Dress comfortably and wear closed-toe shoes with good traction. Parts of the trail can be wet depending on recent rainfall.
Q: Are the cavern and visitor facilities wheelchair accessible?
A: Due to the historic nature of Longhorn Cavern State Park, our visitor facilities and cavern walkways are not wheelchair accessible.
Q: Are dogs allowed at Longhorn Cavern State Park?
A: Leashed dogs are allowed in the park, including the nature/hiking trails. However, only trained service animals are permitted to enter the cavern or park buildings.
Q: Are service / emotional support animals allowed in the cavern at Longhorn Cavern State Park?
A: Only trained service animals are permitted to enter the cavern or park buildings. Under the ADA, a service animal is defined as an animal that has been individually trained to do work or perform tasks for an individual with a disability. Because they have not been trained to perform a specific job or task, emotional support animals do not qualify as service animals under the ADA. If a particular service animal is out of control and the handler does not take effective action to control it, or if the animal is not housebroken, the handler will be required to remove the animal from the premises.
Q: Are children allowed in the cavern?
A: Children of all ages love exploring Longhorn Cavern. Discounted tickets are available for younger children and infants are always free. Please visit the Walking Tour page for detailed pricing information. Children must be 11 years old or older to participate in a Wild Cave Tour. For your children’s safety, please keep them close and on the path when exploring the cavern.
Q: Are strollers and other infant carriers allowed in the cavern?
A: Strollers, backpacks, and other types of infant carriers are allowed in the cavern. Please note that there are 52 stone steps leading down (and back up!) to the cavern entrance. All strollers must be hand-carried down the stairs. Once inside the cavern, the pathway is mostly paved and level. Strollers with pneumatic tires have the easiest time navigating the tour route; umbrella strollers are not recommended. Due to low ceiling clearance in parts of the cave, be mindful of infants and children riding high in backpacks as they could bump their head before you do.
Q: Is there camping at Longhorn Cavern State Park?
A: Longhorn Cavern State Park is a day use only park. There are no individual or group campgrounds onsite. The nearest State Park campground is at our sister park, Inks Lake State Park, located six miles north on Park Road 4.
Q: Is hunting allowed at Longhorn Cavern State Park?
A: Texas Parks & Wildlife sponsors annual Drawn Hunts on the Inks Lake State Park/Longhorn Cavern State Park complex. These hunts typically occur during the months of November, December, and January and do not affect regular park operations. Contact Texas Parks & Wildlife for more information.
Q: What else is there to do at Longhorn Cavern State Park?
A: There is much more to explore at Longhorn Cavern State Park than our namesake cavern. Visit the Activities page for other ways to spend your time in the park.
Q: Do I need a permit to photograph in Longhorn Cavern State Park?
A: You never need a permit for casual or amateur photography. If you are a commercial photographer, Texas Parks & Wildlife requires a photography permit be completed and approved before the shoot begins. Fees are required for after hours access; contact the park for more information. Here are the forms needed for commercial photography: Rules & Regulations, Photography Permit Application, Supplemental Questions. Please email these completed forms to email@example.com.
Q: Can I host an event or wedding at Longhorn Cavern State Park?
A. Yes, Longhorn Cavern State Park facilities are available for private gatherings, parties, weddings, and special events. After hours events or events that interfere with daily park operations will incur an event fee. Events inside the cavern are limited to 49 people, including any necessary park staff. Event organizers are responsible for providing their own furnishings and equipment, including tables, chairs, lighting, etc. Event organizers are also responsible for setup, takedown, and cleanup of the facilities after the event. For more information, please contact the park at 512-715-9000.