Welcome to the Grotto
The Underground Texas Grotto (UTG) is an Austin-based non-profit that explores caves in Central Texas and beyond, keeping alive traditions from 1951. We are the oldest caving organization in Texas and have served as the nexus for cave exploration all over Texas and Mexico for more than fifty years. Members range from total beginners to international expedition cavers. Any central Texan interested in caves is welcome. Learn about our meetings below.
We meet twice monthly on 1st and 3rd Wednesdays. The first meeting of the month is a formal meeting, held in-person at a rotation of venues. Details are available on our email list, calendar, and Facebook page. Formal meetings feature presentations by guest speakers, trip reports of recent caving, announcements about upcoming trips and practices, and a chance to mingle afterward. Informal meetings are all about getting to know the grotto. We meet at The Posse bar and restaurant, honoring a long-time grotto tradition, to discuss all things cave related.
October 5th Meeting Announcements
October 13-15 - Texas Cavers Reunion! (Contact Crash)
October 22nd- EPIC Fall Campout at Pecan Springs Karst Preserve
October 25th - Grotto Halloween Meeting at Inner Space Cavern (Contact Enzo)
October 28th - Texas Speleology Center Volunteer Day (Contact David Ochel)
October 28th (evening)- Grotto Halloween Party
Check out some of our past presentations:
Hazel Barton Presenting on the Northeast Greenland Caving Project - September 7th, 2022
Nick Gladstone Presenting on Groundwater Snails - February 16th, 2022
Joel and Eleonore Present on Caving in the Lozère region in France - February 2nd, 2022
Bennett Lee Presenting on the Rich History of an Unnamed Cave Project - January 19th, 2022
Everyone is welcome to join the UTG. Start by filling out this form and then attend your first meeting and beginner trip. Recommended dues are $2 for first-year cavers and $10 for all others. Dues are paid directly to the Treasurer.