Sonora Travel Guide

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Sonora Things to Do

  • Sutton County Courthouse

    The Sutton County Courthouse was built in 1891, and looks like a cross between a traditional Texas Courthouse and the home from the Addam’s Family. It is one of the more interesting courthouses in the state. There were several Veteran's Monuments, and historical plaques on the courthouse grounds.

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  • Wildlife (not nightlife)

    I am a local and my favorite place to visit (really a tie with the Caverns) is the wildlife sanctuary. Eaton Hill was barely started when the last tips were written. Pretty much untouched by grazing critters, the Hill has native vegetation undisturbed by commerce. There are about 3 miles of trails. There are 3 entrances, one right downtown behind...

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  • Wildlife (not nightlife)

    I am a local and my favorite place to visit (really a tie with the Caverns) is the wildlife sanctuary. Eaton Hill was barely started when the last tips were written. Pretty much untouched by grazing critters, the Hill has native vegetation undisturbed by commerce. There are about 3 miles of trails. There are 3 entrances, one right downtown behind...

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  • Caverns of Sonora..

    Caverns of Sonora is a wonderful cave, and I love caves! We love caves so much that we took 5 of the cave tours offered when we visited Carlsbad Caverns in New Mexico. Now you will find that the Caverns of the Sonora is not a large cave, as you will only wind though about a 1.5 mile trail (depending on if you take the short or long tour). Also it...

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  • Caverns of Sonora

    These caverns are very interesting, if you're into that sort of thing. There are very interesting formations, and while I wasn't impressed with the guide we had that cold day in February, I liked the tour in general. Now, what did I do with those pictures???

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  • Exit

    The early explorers of the cavern used arrows to clearly mark the quickest route out of the cave. Most of this arrows are clearly visible today. So for those of you who are claustrophobic (person with a morbid fear of being closed in a confined space) you can rest assure that the exit is several arrows ahead :).

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  • Popcorn formations

    I don't know if I was hungry by now or what, but after a while it looked like popcorn was coming out of the cavern walls. Take a look and judge for yourself :).

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  • Is it a vase or a couple...

    Is it a vase or a couple kissing?If anything, this tour is about opening your mind and expanding your imagination. So look at all the rocks and formations and try to link a common picture to what you're seeing. On this particular picture, I was reminded to the imfamous picture we've all probably seen. You know, the optical illussions in which the...

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  • Coral formations

    At the start of the tour, you will walk through several impresive cavern rooms with corral and popcorn like formations on the wall. More on the popcorn formations later, but for now, take a look at this amazing pic. It almost looks like the coral one encounters while scuba diving in the ocean.

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  • Inside a whale's mouth :).

    Oh what would a kid give to see the inside of a whale... not the true whales, but the ones in cartoons and stories. Imagine Moby Dick, then enter the last segment of the tour. The white coated walls are amazing!

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  • Ice Room (aka Wedding Room)

    What better place to tie the knot than in this lovely room no? There has been many a wedding inside this lovely room. There are many kewl formations here including the ones shown here.

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  • Crystal Room

    This is perhaps the best room in the entire cavern. You have to cross this bridge that leads through the majestic Crystal Room, thus why it's call the Crystal Tour. This room is totally made from crystal-like formations. It's an amazing sight!

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  • Butterfly

    The Caverns of Sonora can boast about this beauty. It's the only natural forming crystal butterfly known in the world. It was formed by two helectites. By the way, there are thousands of helectites in this cavern. A helectite is a formation that defies gravity. Unlike a stalactite (grab 'tight' or you're fall to the ground) and a stalagmite...

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  • Superman cyrstals

    Not to dissapoint the comic/movie hero fans out there, there are plenty of crystals that look like they came out of the Superman movies :).

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  • Strip Bacon or Indian Chief...

    Strip Bacon or Indian Chief headdressThis use to be 'the' icon of the caverns of Sonora. See, the imfamous formation ressembles an Indian Chief headdress, or for other hungry folks it resembles strip bacon. Unfortunately, the formation was forever damaged when a clumsy guide smached a piece off it while cleaning the tourist path. It's a sad lose...

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  • Is this scuba diving or what?

    Getting back to the underworld, we quickly come across this hall with tons of formations resembling the beauties of the sea. For the scuba addicts out there this will surely bring back memories.

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  • Soft formation

    I cannot remember the name given to this type of formation. The only thing that comes to mind is that this is the only soft formation of the cavern. I don't know much about the technical aspects, but it sure looks like slime to me.

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  • Tree

    As you make your way along the path of the tour, you come across this lovely formation that resembles an old tree with the hanging branches and all.

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    by texasjld64 Written Jul 27, 2006

    This place looks like it would be right in the middle of cattle country... wait, it IS! It has a typical rustic look, with cattle brands burned into the walls and nostalgic wallpaper. The food was excellent and the staff (and other patrons) were very friendly. In fact, as we were leaving, the place had filled up, and the lady trying to ring everyone up was frantically trying to get everyone squared away. The phone was ringing, and a customer from one of the tables got up and answered it for her. He was obviously a local, because he told her who was holding on the phone, and she thanked him by his first name. The food was simple - no haute cuisine here! But, if you like steak and typical southern fare, this is THE place to go.

    Favorite Dish: They cook a mean steak! Their chicken fried steak was wonderful, too, and more than I could put away at one sitting.

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Sonora Nightlife

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    by KimberlyAnn Updated Oct 13, 2002

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    We were not at the cave in the summer, but on Saturdays from mid-June to mid-August a cowboy/western show is presented around 6:30 in a covered wagon dinner theater. Having not seen it, I don’t know if it is entertaining or not.

    Dress Code: Casual everyday wear.

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Sonora Transportation

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    by darthmilmo Written Oct 5, 2002

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    The Caverns are located about 15 minutes away from the town of Sonora, Texas. The easiest way to access the road to the caverns is by driving along I-10 and taking exit # 392. If coming form San Antonio, head West on I-10. However, if coming from El Paso, head East on I-10

    Note: To visit the town of Sonora, Texas, get back on I-10 and take exit # 400. Thanks for pointing that Nat (b1bob).

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Sonora Warnings and Dangers

  • Caverns of Sonora - ask about trail...

    There is a section of one tour called "Windy Tunnel". The reason it's called that is because of all the gasping and puffing tour groups are doing after climbing a fairly demanding set of stairs. If you have any issues that might limit your mobility, it's best to ask about the physical demands required of each tour!

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  • As if the hands of the teacher...

    As if the hands of the teacher wasn't enough, the cavern has a 'Watch Dog' awaiting those bad kids that destroy its domain. Ironic, I know, since the watchdog was partly made out of a neglect in the contruction of the tour's path.

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  • And, for those kids who are...

    And, for those kids who are totally out of control, the cavern has created the 'Machete,' which will be used to cut the hands and legs of those guilty of destroying this natural treasure. Ok, a bit graphic, but it does put an emphasis on presserving the cavern.

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Sonora What to Pack

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    by KimberlyAnn Updated Jan 24, 2004

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: This is another warm Texas cave. (see my San Antonio page’s “Off the Beaten Path” for another cave suggestion.) At 70 degrees you won’t need a jacket. Wear comfortable walking shoes with rubber soles.

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  • Before the texan hills...

    Sonara, when heading eastwards, is one of the last large cities on the I-10 before San Antonio. I've often had problems finding a place to sleep when driving through Texas late at night. Sonara has about 6 hotels to choose from making an ideal late night stop.

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  • Well, I can't say much about...

    Well, I can't say much about the town of Sonora. It's just your average Texan town. However, about 15 minutes away lie one of the greatest treasures of North America: the amazing Caverns of Sonora. Since you made it this far, don't leave town without seeing them. There are 3 types of tours, but the one I reccomend it the longer of the normal tours...

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