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

The Park Old Caver Camp(s) Main CBSP Photo Page

This group of photos highlights features around the park as seen by visitors.

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.

Map to Park

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

All photos are © The Maverick Grotto and the respective photographer
All Rights reserved!

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Colorado Bend State Park - Armadillo 1987 by Keith Heuss Colorado Bend State Park - Road to Spicewood Creek - 1989 Colorado Bend State Park - Spicewood Creek Blue Hole

'Dillo - 11/87 Keith Heuss

Trail to the Spicewood Creek blue hole - well worth the walk.

A favorite spot for all park visitors, the Spicewood Creek blue hole is spring fed with about the same water temperature year round.

Colorado Bend State Park - Trail to gorman cave Colorado Bend State Park - Ed Young leading tours in Gorman Cave Colorado Bend State Park - Gorman Cave Formations

Park visitors on the trail for a guided tour of Gorman Cave. Gorman Cave is one of the most well known caves in Texas.

Ed Young leads a Gorman Cave tour in 1993. This wild tour sans lights and trails has been popular since that time.

Formation in Gorman Cave with new calcite deposits after a heavy rain.

Colorado Bend State Park - Gorman Cave bat roost Colorado Bend State Park - Scenic view Colorado Bend State Park - Blue Bonnets in Spring

This ceiling fissure in Gorman Cave is the home for a bat colony. Tours are limited during the spring while the bats are birthing and nursing.

Scenic views are common on the park.

Blue Bonnets in the spring time.

Colorado Bend State Park - Karst Feature Colorado Bend State Park - Cave Entrance Colorado Bend State Park - Lower Gold Mine

With 380 Caves and Karst features inside the 5,000 acre park boundary, you might notice an entrance or two.

Perhaps even an entrance or three.

The property has a lot of interesting history from cedar mining, old railroads to when it was a fishing camp. This man dug feature known as the lower gold mine predates the previous owners.

Colorado Bend State Park - Lower Gold Mine Colorado Bend State Park - Upper Gold Mine Colorado Bend State Park - Upper Gold Mine rock crusher base

Much to his surprise, the previous owner Tolle Lemons discovered the Lower Gold Mine after a cedar burn.  No one knows if it ever produced or what it was dug for.

Another interesting feature (seen on the hiking trail to Gorman Cave) is the Upper Gold Mine.  It actually produced trace amounts of gold circa 1955.

This rock crusher base and the mine are that's left from the mining operation.  It was operated by a mining company from Lampasas.

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This page last updated September 15, 2012