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 Front Gate Colorado Bend State Park - Primitive Camping on the Colorado River Colorado Bend State Park - Conference Center

Colorado Bend Front Gate.   You've finally arrived.

Most park visitors go to the river and fish but there is much more to see and do on the park.

The park offers a tour of Gorman Falls that begins at the conference center.  Formally the headquarters for the Gorman falls fishing camp.

Colorado Bend State Park  - Gorman Falls Colorado Bend State Park - Gorman Falls 1987 Colorado Bend State Park - Gorman Falls 1987

Gorman falls as seen in November 1987.

The falls is created from travertine evaporating from the water.

The water travels down from the falls through a series of small cascades and pools.

 Colorado Bend State Park - 1987 - Colorado River Below Gorman Falls Colorado Bend State Park - 1987 - Wishing Well at the conference center  Colorado Bend State Park - Gorman Creek beside the conference center

The water finally drains into the scenic Colorado River.

This wishing well located on a small island in Gorman Creek is one of the first thing visitors arriving at the conference center.

The majority of Gorman Creek is dry most of the year.  This part (behind the conference center) is fed by Gorman Spring year round.

Colorado Bend State Park - foot bridge across Gorman Creek Colorado Bend State Park - Pat Copeland Memorial Colorado Bend State Park - Pat Copeland memorial plaque

This foot bridge across Gorman Creek  provides access to the conference center from the parking area.

The trail head to a hiking an birding trail going upstream toward Gorman Spring is a monument to Pat Copeland.

The trailhead plaque dedicates the walking trail to Pat Copeland - a great lady, a friend of the park and well known Texas Caver who unfortunately is no longer with us.

Colorado Bend State Park - Hiking trail by Gorman Creek Colorado Bend State Park - Bird nest near conference center Colorado Bend State Park - Bird nest - unhatched egg

The trail (looking downstream) goes beside Gorman Creek.

A bird nest off the side of the hiking trail.

One egg remained in the nest after the hatching season.

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This page last updated September 15, 2012