SAN ANTONIO — Since the first underground explorations of these caverns in March 1960, there has never been a discovery as profound as what the property owners found last week.

“We found an extension of passage that’s led us to over 600 feet of cave passage,” Travis Wuest said. He and his brother, Brad Wuest, led a group through a 13-hour spelunking quest of tight squeezes, slippery slopes, dangerous climbs and rope rappels. They will go down in history as the first men to ever set foot on those newly discovered paths.

Wuest explained that his family has always had a hunch that there was more to be discovered in the caves. There’s a visible opening from the Dome Pit the brothers were never able to reach, until last week. As the adventures continue, Wuest said he doesn’t imagine allowing the public to explore that new path any time soon, due to its remote location, but remains optimistic about the possibilities. 

“I can’t really foresee that right now, but we don’t ever want to say never,” he said.

Orion Knox Jr., one of the first Natural Bridge Caverns explorers, is still alive. Wuest said he is 78 years old and still fired up to hear great news about their recent findings.

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