Together with Texas Parks and Wildlife, Travis Scott and Kurt Menking have
created a TSA project to perform a complete survey of the caves of Kickapoo
Caverns State Natural Area. The project work includes ridge walking, surveying,
mapping, photographing, exploring, and relocating known caves as well as working
on the campsites and other ongoing projects. Biological studies may begin in the
future. There are over twenty known caves in the park with more being added
every trip. They vary from very large to small caves and have something for
As a reward for the work and help there will be opportunities for the volunteers
to visit Kickapoo Caverns Saturday evening after the work is done or Sunday
morning, watch the bat flights at Stewart Bat Cave (when the bats are at the
cave), and visit Devils Sinkhole on Sunday afternoon (surface only).
All data is compiled and submitted to the Texas Speleological Society and Texas
Parks and Wildlife after each project weekend.
There is not a set schedule for the project. There will be about three to four
trips a year. Trip announcements will be via the Texascavers mailing list, TSA
webpage and the Texas Caver. Gate combinations will come out the week before any
trip via the Texascavers mailing list.
The park has 14 camp sites being built with showers and running water available.
Most sites have a fire ring and a picnic table.
The park is located about 24 miles north of Brackettville on Ranch Road 674.
When you enter the park, follow the paved road about 3.5 miles until you reach
the parking area and bathrooms on your left. The campground is behind the
bathrooms. We will gather Saturday mornings by 9:00am in the large open barn, or
if available, in the bunkhouse next to the barn.