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Frequently Asked Questions
Help plan your visit to Longhorn Cavern State Park with these answers to our guests' most frequently asked questions.
Hours & Pricing
Tours & Groups
A: Longhorn Cavern State Park offers unique private group experiences for non-profit/tax-exempt organizations including schools, colleges and universities, scout troops, churches, and community organizations.
Private groups receive discounted tour prices, a custom date and tour time, a private tour guide, and more. A valid Texas Sales & Use Tax Exemption Certificate is required.
See the Private Groups Experiences page for more information.
Pets & Service Animals
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. Pets must be attended at all times; do not leave pets alone in vehicles. Refer to Texas State Park Regulations 59.134 (c) for more information.
Children & Infants
A: Children of all ages are welcome on the Cavern Walking Tour. While most children have a great time on tour, every child responds differently to dark, enclosed environments and some children may not be comfortable in the cave. In addition, there are no restrooms in the cavern.
Parents should evaluate their child's energy level and ability to complete the tour before purchasing tickets. Please be aware of how your child is responding throughout the tour; you may be asked to end your tour early if your child is noticeably upset or becomes disruptive to other guests. Refunds will not be given after the tour leaves Crystal City.
For your children’s safety, please keep them close and on the path when touring the cavern.
Per Texas Parks & Wildlife regulations, guests younger than 15 years old must be accompanied by a parent, guardian, or responsible adult at all times. This applies to above and below ground areas of the park.
Additionally, all Wild Cave Tour participants younger than 18 years old must be accompanied by a participating parent, guardian, or responsible adult.
A: Strollers, backpacks, and other types of infant carriers are allowed in the cavern. Side-by-side strollers are not allowed. 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.
Events & Media Production
A: Yes. All commercial photographers and film productions working at Longhorn Cavern State Park must have a permit and a minimum $1,000,000 general liability insurance policy. (Note: This is more than the $500,000 minimum coverage normally required by Texas Parks & Wildlife.) These requirements apply even if the output of these sessions/shoots is for non-commercial use.
Commercial photography or film production that occurs outside of regular business hours or interferes with daily park operations is also subject to facility rental fees. See the Events & Production page for more information.
Permits are not required for news media. News media requests should be submitted through this website's general Contact form.
A. Longhorn Cavern State Park facilities are available for weddings, receptions/parties, and other special events. Events that occur outside of regular business hours or interfere with daily park operations are subject to facility rental fees.
Individual and professional event organizers must hold a $1,000,000 general liability insurance policy. (Note: This is more than the $500,000 minimum coverage normally required by Texas Parks & Wildlife.)
In compliance with Texas Parks & Wildlife policy, public display or consumption of alcohol is prohibited at Longhorn Cavern State Park.
See the Events & Production page for more information.