Devil's Sinkhole State Natural Area

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Devil's Sinkhole State Natural Area
Map showing the location of Devil's Sinkhole State Natural Area
Map showing the location of Devil's Sinkhole State Natural Area
Devil's Sinkhole
Coordinates30°3′8″N 100°6′12″W / 30.05222°N 100.10333°W / 30.05222; -100.10333Coordinates: 30°3′8″N 100°6′12″W / 30.05222°N 100.10333°W / 30.05222; -100.10333
Area1,859.7 acres (752.6 ha)
Established1985
Governing bodyTexas Parks and Wildlife Department
Designated1972

Devil's Sinkhole State Natural Area is a natural bat habitat near the city of Rocksprings in Edwards County in the U.S. state of Texas. Home to the Mexican free-tailed bat, access to the area is available only through advance reservations.

History[edit]

The Devil's Sinkhole is a vertical natural bat habitat. The 40-by-60-foot (12.2 m × 18.3 m) opening drops down to reveal a cavern some 400 feet (122 m) below. The cavern was first discovered by local residents in 1876. H. S. Barber carved his name inside the cave in 1889.[1] The area was transferred to the state of Texas in 1985, and open to the public in 1992.[2] Carved by water erosion, the cavern is home to several million Mexican free-tailed bats that emerge at sunset during April through October.[3]


In 1968, the Devil's Sinkhole was designated as a National Natural Landmark by the National Park Service.[4]

Facilities, admission[edit]

Evening bat flight tours are offered in summer only. Guided nature hikes also are available.[2]

Facilities include a wheelchair-accessible viewing platform and picnic areas.[2] Access is restricted to advance tour arrangements. Tours are conducted by the Devil's Sinkhole Society, a local volunteer group that works in conjunction of Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and Bat Conservation International to facilitate visitor education and tours.[5]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Smith, A. Richard. "Devil's Sinkhole discovery". Handbook of Texas Online. Texas State Historical Association. Retrieved 11 February 2012.
  2. ^ a b c "TPWD Devil's Sinkhole". Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. Retrieved 19 August 2018.
  3. ^ Parent, Laurence (2008). Official Guide to Texas State Parks and Historic Sites: Revised Edition. University of Texas Press. pp. 2, 3. ISBN 978-0-292-71726-8.
  4. ^ "National Natural Landmarks - National Natural Landmarks (U.S. National Park Service)". www.nps.gov. Retrieved 2019-03-27. Year designated: 1972
  5. ^ "Tour Information". The Devil's Sinkhole Society. Archived from the original on 4 August 2011. Retrieved 11 February 2012.

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