The Maverick Grotto

The Maverick Grotto

Celebrating 20 years as a Texas caving organization in 2006!  The Maverick Grotto is the local caving club of Fort Worth and Tarrant County Texas. We are dedicated to promoting safe, fun, and environmentally conscious caving.  Our grotto is an internal organization of the National Speleological Society.

The Maverick Grotto is inactive effective November 2009!

Colorado Bend State Park, Texas

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Photos from Colorado Bend State Park where Texas Cavers have maintained a volunteer cave research  project since the early 1980's.  The current version of the project sponsored by the Texas Speleology Association (TSA) was begun, November 1987 after TPWD purchased the Lemons Ranch and combined it with the Gorman Falls property.  Shortly after the project began, the park was opened to the public but the project continued as it does to this day.

There is no public caving on the park.  To enter caves, one must be an attendee of the volunteer project or go on a fee based guided wild cave tour offered by TPWD.  For more information, visit the link below.


Pictures taken by Butch Fralia using both film and digital cameras.  Photo credits for other photographers will be given for the individual photo.

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The first thing seen when entering the park, the entrance sign. Most park visitors go to the river and fish but there is much more to see and do on the park. Gorman Falls Conference Center

The first thing seen when entering the park, the entrance sign.

Most park visitors go to the river and fish but there is much more to see and do on the park.

The park offers a tour of Gorman Falls that begins at the conference center.  Formally the headquarters for the Gorman falls fishing camp.

Gorman Creek - Home to endangered species of fish Footbridge across Gorman Creek to the Conference Center Wishing well at the Conference Center

Gorman Creek, dry most of the year except as this point where a beautiful scen is created by Gorman Spring.  This is home for an endangered species of fish.

This foot bridge across Gorman Creek  provides access to the conference center from the parking area.

This scenic wishing well decorates an island in the middle of the creek.

Pat Copeland Memorial Plaque Hiking trail between Gorman Spring and the Conference Center Gorman Spring

Near the parking area is this plaque dedicating a walking trail to Pat Copeland - a friend of the park and well known Texas Caver who is no longer with us.

The scenic hiking trail (looking downstream toward the conference center) follows Gorman Creek to Gorman Spring.

Gorman Spring is the full time water source for Gorman Falls.  It's also the source for the travertine that makes up the falls.

Antique Bulldozer Pump at Gorman Spring Antique pump used circa 1912-1920

This antique Bulldozer pump is still present at the spring.  It was once used to pump water to a tank above the spring.

The pump was driven by an electric motor and used circa 1912-1920.

In this picture of the pump, it's obvious the water lift was very steep.

Water Tank that was filled from the pump at Gorman Spring Old water trough by tank Remnents of the old railroad

The water tank that received the water is approximately 200 feet higher in elevation and 1000 feet away from the spring and pump.

History suggests the pump and tank were installed to provide water for steam engines on the Scholten RR.  At some point in time, the tank was also used to water livestock.

The remains of the RR bed can be seen in a number of areas of Colorado Bend State Park and also nearby ranches.  The road bed is also observed several places along the main road from Bend Texas to the Park.

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This page last updated September 15, 2012