When can I visit Westcave?
Do you take credit cards?
Yes, we accept all major credit cards (Visa, Mastercard, AMEX, Discover)
Can I stay longer?
No. Due to social distancing and the uniqueness of current offerings all guests must exit the property at the end of their experience.
Do I have to go with a guide? I just want to hike to the canyon and cave by myself.
Access to the canyon, cave and grotto is permitted only through our reservation offerings with a supervising staff member.
Are Westcave's experiences child-friendly? Can my baby/toddler attend?
Children love to learn and explore the outdoors so if they can hike 1 mile on their own they are welcome to attend.
How difficult is the hike?
The hike is about 1-mile, roundtrip, rated as moderate to difficult. Visitor's hike in and out of the canyon by way of long, winding, uneven staircase built into the slope of the canyon. Once in the canyon there are additional steps, rocks and roots to navigate. We encourage visitors to wear sturdy shoes, use hand rails, and bring along a walking stick if needed.
What is there to do and see on the Uplands?
The Uplands offer opportunities for easy hiking, birding and wildlife watching. These trails have expansive views of the hill country for a peaceful self-guided experience. Trails are wheelchair and stroller friendly.
Can I make a reservation?
Current preserve offerings is by online reservation only. Click Get Tickets to check our current public offerings.
What should I bring/wear?
Dress comfortably in tennis or hiking shoes, preferably with ankle support. In cooler weather, dressing in layers is recommended.
- We require guests to wear face masks/coverings (over the nose and mouth) with certain limited exceptions based on a July 11th order from Travis County Judge Sam Briscoe. CLICK HERE to read complete order.
- Bringing your own water. No water is available at the Preserve.
Recommended: A camera, hat, binoculars, sunscreen, hiking poles (none will be provided), first aid kit/medications, hand sanitizer and flashlights (for the cave) are also encouraged.
Do you allow pets?
No pets are allowed on the premise of Westcave Preserve, even if on a leash. If you are found with a pet on the Preserve or locked in your car, you will kindly be asked to leave.
We recommend visiting Milton Reimers Ranch Park (2 miles away) if you like spending time outside with your pet.
Do you have restrooms? Water? Vending machines?
Two composting toilets and sinks for hand washing are available for guest usage. Cleaning and disinfecting procedures are in place.
No water is available at the Preserve. Please come prepared and bring plenty of water.
There are no vending machines available.
Is there river access? Can I walk to Hamilton Pool?
No, there is no access to the Pedernales River from Westcave. If you'd like to access the river, we recommend visiting Milton Reimers Ranch Park, only 2 miles east of the Westcave entrance.
Visitor's cannot leave their car at Westcave and walk to Hamilton Pool. To access Hamilton Pool, a Travis County operated preserve, you must enter with your vehicle through their entrance, 1 mile away.
Can we swim at Westcave?
There is no swimming at Westcave or access to the Pedernales River.
Can I rent the Environmental Learning Center?
Due to COVID-19 this facility is closed until further notice.