Tours into our Canyon

Join us this summer for Friday public tours starting June 9th through August 11th. (The only exception is June 30th the Preserve will be closed to the public.) These Guided Canyon Tours will be at 11am and 1pm (Weather Permitting). Westcave Preserve gates will be open at 10am and access to our Upland Trails will be available from 10am - 2pm. Westcave is a pet free and smoke free preserve. To maximize our visitors experience tours are limited to 30 people and we operate on a first come first serve basis each day.


  • $15 per Adult (18yrs and up)
  • $7 per child (ages 4 - 17yrs.)

Tours can sometimes fill up fast so we recommend arriving as early as you can to check in and sign up.

For inquires, please email

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The Natural & Human History of a Hill Country Nature Preserve

In the heart of the Texas Hill Country lies an astonishing place called Westcave Preserve, a 76-acre nature preserve and environmental education facility in western Travis County, near Austin, that provides a sanctuary for the flora and fauna of surprisingly diverse ecosystems.

Westcave has been connecting children and families to nature since 1976, when the Westcave Preserve Corporation was established to restore and protect a popular but rapidly deteriorating picnic spot that encompassed a fern-covered grotto, an ancient rock shelter, and a spectacular forty-foot waterfall.

In Discovering Westcave, Chris Caran and Elaine Davenport take readers on a walk through the beautiful preserve, unveiling the evolutionary past of its stunning natural features and acknowledging the many people who have been a part of Westcave’s long history. The aim of this guidebook is not only to share the natural and human history of this refuge, but also to inspire through environmental learning a continued...


Westcave relies on volunteers to preserve and protect its beautiful landscape so present and future generations can enjoy it. Our staff and volunteers have fun and work hard. If you are up for both, Westcave is your place, we welcome all levels of talent.

Workday projects include but are not limited to the following-

Trail Building & Maintenance - Help us with trail building and maintenance as needed. This may include mowing, replacing posts, replacing/building steps, general maintenance on trails. Flood damage clean-up for trails and fences when needed.

Vegetation Management – Work with a staff member to remove non-native and invasive plant species, golden-cheeked warbler habitat management, control over-growth along trails, and conduct vegetation surveys on rare and endemic species.

Group Work Day- Available in the Spring and Fall, weather permitting. We also have random workdays when staff needs some extra helping hands. Projects are based on what conservation projects are currently in need of...

Dark sky location near Austin, TX for star-gazing

Take a tour of the night skies at Westcave Preserve, a dark sky location convenient to the Austin area. Star Party nights are an ideal opportunity to enjoy an evening gazing at the stars through a high-quality telescope. With local astronomers on hand to answer questions, you'll be delighted and amazed by what you see and learn! **Reservations are required** $5 per child ages 4-17 years and $15 per adult. All events are weather permitting.

2017 Upcoming Star Party Dates:

  • August 12th, 2017; 8:30-10:30 pm (WAITING LIST)
  • September - December 2017 Schedule: Will be posted in early August.