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Hidden Wonders: Never Before Toured Area of Natural Bridge Caverns Set to Open May 12th

Published Thursday, March 23, 2023 1:00pm

Hidden Wonders Tour Experience showcases a never before toured area of the caverns and represents the largest investment in cavern history.

San Antonio, TX (March 23, 2023) – Owners of Natural Bridge Caverns announced the upcoming opening of  Hidden Wonders: a multi-million-dollar tour experience featuring state-of-the-art lighting, a sound and light show, and expansion into never before toured areas of the Hidden Cavern. Development of the new tour experience and opening of new areas of the cavern has been underway since 2017. Still under final construction, the opening date for the new tour experience is set for May 12th.

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Top of Hidden Cavern with stalactites
The roof of the Jaremy Room in the Hidden Wonders Tour is newly visible thanks to state-of-the-art lighting.

“The Hidden Wonders Tour experience is going to showcase this cavern like never before,” said Brad Wuest, President of Natural Bridge Caverns. “Many people don’t realize we have two distinct caverns available to tour: our Discovery Cavern and the Hidden Cavern. The Hidden Cavern is a unique environment which  never had a natural opening to the surface. As a result, incredibly delicate and beautiful formations were able to grow in a completely sealed environment.”

New lighting is one of the dramatic changes in the cavern as well as a 1100 feet long expansion of the public passageways through the cave. Now guests will tour through an area that was only previously accessible by cavers. This addition will showcase an underground canyon, more formations, and a large 5700 square foot dome chamber called the Ballroom which will serve as an event space. A new viewing area overlooking a massive passage called the Box Canyon will serve as a natural theater for a new sound and light show. Exiting the Hidden Wonders tour will also be a one-of-a-kind experience as guests effortlessly ride from underground to the surface on the 700-foot long BAT (Belt Assisted Transport through a newly constructed exit tunnel), the BAT is the world’s first conveyor system ride out of a cavern. All in all, these innovative features will combine to deliver a completely new experience of this Historic National Natural Landmark.

A new light and sound show will tell the story of the formation of the cavern during the Hidden Wonders Tour.
A new light and sound show will tell the story of the formation of the cavern during the Hidden Wonders Tour.

 “We plan to showcase the science behind the beauty of this once hidden cavern on our tour,” said Wuest. “With Hidden Wonders’ many enhancements we have an opportunity to both educate and entertain.”

For more information on the Hidden Wonders Tour and future expansion efforts planned at Natural Bridge Caverns, visit or connect with Natural Bridge Caverns social media channels where there will be exclusive behind-the-scenes photos and interviews of construction.

About Natural Bridge Caverns:

26495 Natural Bridge Caverns Rd, Natural Bridge Caverns, TX 78266 | 210-651-6101  

Natural Bridge Caverns is one of the world’s premier show caverns. Discovered in 1960 by local cavers, this family owned and operated natural wonder is the largest cave in Texas. In addition to multiple tour experiences through two distinct caverns, the property features above-ground adventures of a different kind including a ropes course, zip rails, a 5,000 square foot outdoor maze, and even an interactive “gem panning” activity. More of the cavern system itself is still being discovered; the Wuest family along with their caving team are still actively exploring new areas in the massive cavern. Natural Bridge Caverns is a designated State Historical Site, National Natural Landmark, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.   

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