We arrived at the park just after 8 a.m. and were able to beat the crowds. The park frequently closes in good weather when the parking areas are filled.
The weather was beautiful with clear skies. It was my husband's first trip to Enchanted Rock.
Then we found the cave entrance. It was not marked on my first trip. My second trip was a really quick climb to the top and back down. I really wanted to crawl through it! It is really long rock tunnel through large rocks and boulders. I have read that it is about 1,000 feet long. You can find some information and video here. There is a pretty good video on YouTube as well. There are a few others on YouTube as well once you get there!
That little hole between the guys' legs is how we exited the cave. It was so fun! After exiting the cave we climbed back up to the entrance and wandered a bit more before going back down the west side of the rock.
Airplanes were flying over frequently.
Oops! Another photo of the cave exit. (I uploaded them in order, but they arrived all out of order. I didn't catch this one until now and I am not going to attempt to move it)
Prickly Pear was the most prolific form of plant life! It seems people like to carve their initials in them.
Yes there are even trees that grow in rock!
I loved the little blooms on this cactus.
This is just as we were about to climb down.
Looking back up after our climb down. We came down along the flat area using the rocks on the right to hold on to. Then we crossed to the left side along the line of boulders and crawled through those on the left to reach the bottom.
Another interesting cactus.
More Prickly Pear, grasses and a dead tree on top. After reaching the bottom, we returned to the Trailblazer for our picnic lunch before hiking the trail that goes around the base of Enchanted Rock. In all we were there for 8 hours. Below is moss growing in water that is continuously trickling down and out of the rock.
These little lizards are a frequent sight if you watch closely!
Oh, look, its me and a strangely eroded rock formation!
Ahhhhh, and here we are ready to head back to the Trailblazer and go back to the camper. We were pretty tired. My legs were sore for days. I don't think my thighs have ever been that sore, but I loved it there. When we left around 4 p.m., there was still a long line of cars at the entrance. We were so glad that we got there early!
Y'all come back.