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Talking Rocks Cavern in Branson, MO

423 Fairy Cave LaneBranson West, MO 65737  
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Overview

An exciting family adventure open year-round in Branson West, Missouri, Talking Rocks Cavern is ideal for adventurers who long to explore. This pleasantly cool wonder of nature is set at a comfortable 62 degrees all year long, and features educational tours of the breathtaking vertical caves, a SpeleoBox crawl maze, nature trails, a lookout tower, picnic areas, gemstone mining, and more.

Highlights

  • View the beauty of Missouri--underground!
  • Guided cave tour features numerous geological formations.
  • Nature trails and lookout tower on-site.
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Good To Know

  • Wear slip resistant shoes as there are areas a bit slippery. Sandals and Flip Flops are not recommended.
  • The guided tour is an hour long.
  • The temperature is a cool 62 degrees.
  • Missouri is the cave state.
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Description

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Talking Rocks Cavern is open year round. The gift shop opens daily at 9:30 a.m. Talking Rocks Cavern is vertical in nature, and has concrete handrails and steps throughout the cave. People of all ages go into our cave on a regular basis where they can enjoy the comfortable 62 degree cave air.

The hour long tour of Talking Rocks Cavern is what we refer to as "edutainment." By this, I mean that we focus on education, as well as entertainment. It is educational in nature, as you will learn about the caves discovery and related history, as well as learn about the mineral deposits and other geological information while on your tour. The tour is also entertaining. Our cave guides are ready to answer questions that you may have, and can find answers to those questions that they may not already know.

Talking Rocks Cavern was first named "Fairy Cave" by the early cave developer, Turman Powell, after he first explored the cave. His comment was that it looked like "a subterranean fairy land". The caves name was changed to Talking Rocks Cavern in 1969 when Silver Dollar City purchased the cave. They chose to change the name based on a quote from Waldo Powell, son of Turman Powell. Waldo would spend a lot of time looking at the rocks and mineral deposits in the cave, and noted that the physical evidence in the cave would tell him a story about how it formed...thus, it was inspiration for the new name "Talking Rocks Cavern."

We have a SpeleoBox crawl maze, nature trail and lookout tower, and picnic areas that are free to our guests. We offer Gemstone mining (aka: sluicing); just purchase a bag of gemstone mix, mine this in our sluice operation, and keep all the gemstones you find!

Tickets are valid any day of travel. One hour guided tours depart frequently all day.
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TripAdvisor Reviews
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warrenw466

Mascoutah, Illinois

"Fun side trip"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed April 29, 2016 NEW

We stopped by the cave on the way out of Branson. The friendly staff informed us it was 150 steps down the cavern and about the same coming back up; forewarning us that we may well be carrying our 3-year old out of this cave tour. We decided to let the kids "mine" some pay dirt in their sluice and then walk their short hiking trails and look at the Ozarks. The kids had a blast and it was not crowded; a nice change from other Branson activities.

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ScenicRt

Chicago, Illinois

"Small but Gorgeous!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed April 28, 2016 NEW

We haven't been to many caverns - this was small, but what you see is really beautiful and impressive. If you don't feel comfortable going up and down wet, small and sometimes tall cement stairs - don't do this cavern. HOWEVER, there is a solid cement railing that you can use, which makes it much easier to navigate the steps. Worth the price of admission.

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Amanda G


"First Adventure as a Married Couple"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed April 26, 2016 NEW

It did not disappoint my husband and I are right at 30 and we loved it. Our group was small a family of 2 kids and 2 adults went with us. The kids fired some awesome questions at our guide and he knew stuff! If you hate heights this may it be for you. I had a hard time with that. There's a few tight squeezable spots and even with me being a "big" girl I managed to get through. We plan to go back before we leave to play the mini golf course and they have a setup to mine gems. They have a spot at the bottom to show you a beautiful light show and our guide even took our picture for us. I ant wait to have kids and bring them here! Thanks for the memories!

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YepLivingtheDream

Muskego, Wisconsin

"Wonderful Experience"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed April 21, 2016 NEW

There was plenty of history in our guided tour of these caves. You better be sure footed as you meander throughout the nooks and crannies if this marvelous display of nature's beauty. Our tour guide was friendly and passionate of his treasure. It was a great experience for my wife and I. Thank you.

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Odus Elex R

Cancun

"Lots of steps (215) and most of them are wet or at the very least damp. But Great Viewing!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed April 20, 2016 NEW

If you have week knees or have a hard time with steps you might not want to venture into the Cavern. But I can tell you this, if you are in just average health you will truly be impressed with this vertical cavern. You will be able to get a lot of good pictures to remember this unusual cavern. The guides are very knowledgable and fun to listen too. Gift shop is about the same as any other. Price is OK.

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Frequently Asked Questions about Talking Rocks Cavern

How often do tours depart?
They depart about every hour.

How long is the tour?
Each guided tour is an hour long.

What is the temperature in the cavern?
It is a comfortable 62 degrees of cave air.

Can I bring my camera?
Yes.

What is included in my admission ticket?
It includes a guided admission into the cavern, SpeleoBox Maze, the Nature trail and lookout tower.

How long are the nature trails?
The Springhouse Trail” is .2 miles in length and takes approximately 10-15 minutes to complete. The Stone Pancakes” is .4 miles in length and takes approximately 20-25 minutes to complete. The “Lookout Tower” trail is another of the moderately difficult trails. It is .5 miles in length and takes about 30 minutes to complete. Your destination on this trail will take you to the 40 foot Lookout Tower. Be sure and climb to the top for a one of a kind view before you head back to the cave. The most difficult of the 4 trails is known as “The Waterfalls”. This trail is .8 miles long and takes 45 minutes to complete. Although this is the longest of our 4 trails it provides you with a visit to Lookout Tower and then down by the waterfalls.

What is Gem Mining?
You have a choice of 3 sizes of gem bags: Small bag-$5.99; Large bag-$8.99 and Emerald bag-$10.99. Should you choose the small or large bag you are guaranteed to find any one of a variety of semi-precious gems. If your choice is the Emerald Bag then your treasure will definitely include a piece of emerald. Upon purchase of your gem bag you will be given a Gem Identification Card to help you identify the type of gemstone you discover. Now you will proceed out to the sluicing troughs. Empty some of your mining rough into a screened sluice box, dip the box in the water and mine those gems! Remember sluicing is fun no matter what age you are.

Is the Mini Golf included in my admission ticket?
No, this costs extra. The Mini Golf tickets can only be purchased at the Cavern.

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