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

All photos are © The Maverick Grotto and the respective photographer
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A new format for the CBSP pictures is being developed.  We're dividing up the photographs into subjects.  Please pardon our redundancy while we're changing things up.

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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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Soda straws in Lemons Ranch Cave Formations in Lemons Ranch Cave Roger Mercer and Jimm Kennedy survey Puberty Pit

Soda Straws on the ceiling of Lemons Ranch Cave.  Photo by Dave Castello.

Formations in Lemons Ranch Cave.  Photo by Dave Castello.

Roger Mercer and Jim Kennedy  surveying in in Puberty Pit.  Photo by Jose Curras.

Roger Mercer descending Puberty Pit Jim Kennedy descending puberty pit Roughing it at Colorado Bend State Park

Roger Mercer descending into Puberty Pit.  The cave was once named 99 Foot Pit until rains washed 7 feet from the floor at the bottom.  Thusly the name change.  Photo by Jose Curras.

Jim Kennedy descending into Puberty Pit.  Photo by Jose Curras.

Roughing it after a hard day's caving.  Most cavers actually do rough it.  Mark Gee has a tent as big as some houses and I (Butch Fralia) admit to the Pop-up Trailer.

Dog at Colorado Bend State Park Sunset at Caver Camp Fire pit camp fire at caver camp

Note the dog running loose.  Cavers camp in a non-public, closed section of the park.  All dogs must be on leashes in the public areas.

That ends another day at Colorado Bend.

Time to enjoy friendship and camaraderie around the campfire.

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This page last updated September 15, 2012