Get answers to 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: Wild Cave Tour tickets can be purchased online or in-person at the park visitor center. Online ticketing is recommended to secure your desired tour time. Safety gear is provided.
A: Longhorn Cavern State Park offers private group tours for K-12 schools, colleges and universities, scout troops, churches, community organizations, and more. Private groups receive discounted tour prices and a dedicated tour guide.
A valid Texas Sales & Use Tax Exemption Certificate is required at the time of booking for all tax-exempt groups.
See the Private Group Tours page for more information.
Pets & Service Animals
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.