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!

Maverick Grotto Information

The Maverick Grotto was begun by a small group of Ft. Worth caving enthusiasts in October of 1986.  Since that time we have had new members join and old members move away or move onto other pursuits.  We have members involved in different aspects of caving including exploration, mapping, cave science and electronics, vertical techniques, photography, restoration, and cave diving.

We are a collection of people from diverse walks of life with one thing in common: a love of caves.  The "Grotto" is a club affiliated with the National Speleological Society, and although membership in the national organization is not required it is highly recommended.  The grotto exists to provide fellowship for people interested in caving, and as a contact point for people who are interested in learning more about caves.  The Grotto Motto is the same as that of the NSS: Take nothing but pictures, leave nothing but footsteps, and kill nothing but time.

Our members have participated in cave trips within Texas as well as in New Mexico, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia, Virginia, Kentucky, California, Northern Mexico, the Yucatan Peninsula, Central America, Great Britain, Spain, and the Canary Islands, among other places.  We try to put together grotto trips geared toward new cavers on a regular basis, but at least twice a year.

Members also participate individually as well as collectively with members of other Texas caving clubs in regional project trips on a regular basis.  At our monthly meetings we conduct club business and schedule presentations from club members, visiting cavers, or media presentations that should be of interest to anyone with an interest in caving.  These meetings are a great place to learn about upcoming trips.

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This page last updated September 15, 2012