Sacred Place for Native Americans
Larry told us that this the site was undoubtedly considered a sacred place by native peoples. He said there are several small pre historic campsites dating back to sometime between 2500 to 4000 B.C. However, the exact locations of these sites are not disclosed to anyone. Larry went on to tell us that the Devil’s Sinkhole is one of the largest bedrock lithic resources in Texas. Because of this for years, people have found arrowheads that were made from the chert at the Sinkhole. He told us that they have been found as far as Venezuela! Isn’t that cool? He also showed us “Sheep’s Ear.” Do you know what they used this for because I had no clue??? Larry told us Sheep’s Ear was used as toilet paper!!! And you know what if I had to I probably would use it too because it was so very extremely soft. Actually, it was the softest plant I have ever felt.
Mexican Free-tailed Bats
Now that you know a bit about the park let me tell you about the main attractions. The Mexican Free-tailed Bats that live in the cave.Now, do you know how much a bat weighs? I had no clue until Larry told us. Any guess??? Well, a Mexican Free tail bat weighs 2 quarters and a penny. You can sign up to take a bat tour. Now, this is awesome because you actually get to see them emerge from the cave at dusk. How cool is that? We were lucky enough to go on the darkest night so they were having a “Bats & Star show” right after the bats emerged. The tour starts out with you seeing a short video in the Visitor Center then you get a police escort. Yes, a police escort to the sinkhole. Once, you arrive at the Sink hole, Andrew the president of the Sinkhole Society gives you a lot of interesting facts.
On average the cave has 3-4 million bats, however, the day we went there was only a skeleton of what is normally there. The females had all gone off to have their babies in a nearby cave that is warmer and once the pups mature they will be back. The guide said that there should be a lot come August. We are hoping to go back and see them.
So after the bats we got the opportunity to do some star gazing. This was awesome we got to use some high power telescopes. The children got the opportunity to see Saturn and Jupiter. They were floored that they really did look like they do in the books!!! They also showed us the constellations! All in all the bats and stars tour was fun!
I would definitely recommend this tour to anyone who is interested in bats and/or stars. However, I would call before you make the reservations just to make sure that you will get a big bat turn out.