It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s… Bats! Experience the Frio Bat Flight Tour in the Texas Hill Country

If you’re planning a trip to the Texas Hill Country this spring, you might want to check out the Frio Bat Flight Tour in Concan. Every night around dusk, 10 to 12 million Mexican Free-tailed Bats ascend into the evening sky. It’s both eerie and completely mesmerizing- an absolute must-see when you’re in the area.

The Frio Cave, located along the Frio River just northeast of Uvalde, Texas, is a maternity cave for this bat species. The bats fly south for the winter and make their home in this cave from March until September and give birth to their pups here.

During their evening flight, visitors can usually see raptors swooping in in hopes of catching dinner. Several different birds of prey catch the bats mid-flight for their evening meal. Species you might see flying amongst the bats on their evening ascension include six different types of hawks as well as several types of falcons. You may also catch several different types of birds as well as a few four-footed friends entering the cave before the flight in hopes of snagging dinner as it rests. It’s neat to see Mother Nature in action!

Know before you go: Frio Bat Flight Tour

Interesting in taking this tour during your Texas Hill Country Vacation? You won’t be disappointed! Here are a few things to keep in mind before you go:

  • No pets are allowed on the tour. This is for their safety!
  • Tours run from March until September.
  • Tours are handicap friendly.
  • Cost of the tour is $12 for adults, $11 for seniors and $10 for kids. Kids younger than 5 are free.
  • Tours can be booked in advance online and start at 7 pm.
  • No loud noises.
  • Tours won’t run if it is raining because the bats won’t fly.

Hill Country Lodging: Where to Stay

If you are planning a trip to Garner State Park, consider booking a stay at Parkview Riverside RV. Parkview is located directly across the Frio River from Garner State Park and offers competitive rates for RV owners. In addition to an air-conditioned bath house, there are 95 hook up sites available as well as a camp convenience store, coin-operated laundry and much more. Ask about the low rates for Winter Texans!


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