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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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Allen S

Wichita, Kansas

"Cool cave..."
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed June 25, 2016 NEW

Very steep narrow stairways but very doable .....a lot of outdoor areas...mini golf,picnic areas,nature walk , also a gift store...nice area.

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Bob19512014

Clearwater, Florida

"Not for the Timid"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed June 23, 2016 NEW

Guide knew his cavern. The trip was about 67 minutes in length. Quite steep in places and narrow in others. Steps were wet and slippery. One Mom had to exit the area. Her child was scared. Another cried so hard it was hard to hear our guide.

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Bill S


"It was cool. Scary desent & climb, though."
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed June 22, 2016 NEW

This is a beautiful cave. But, don't attempt it unless you are in good physical health. Steep, narrow stairs and lots of bends.

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Saints_Girl78

Tupelo, Mississippi

"Fairy Cave"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed June 20, 2016 NEW

I love caves. I went to this one with my family while vacationing in Branson. It was pretty cool. Originally called Fairy Cave, they later changed the name to Talking Rocks Cavern. Features include bacon and curtain formations hanging in the top of the cave and some interesting stalagmites on the floor. If you use your imagination you can see an angel praying to a cross. Tours are offered no matter the weather, however, the tour guide said you will get wet if it is raining out. There is also mini golf on the property but the course looked abandoned and a little run down. The gift shop is great. I purchased a fairy tee shirt for $20. They also have a lot of rocks for sale.

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Rj C

Dallas, Texas

"Really interesting place to visit"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed June 18, 2016 NEW

Mark is a really good tour guide. The cave is really huge and I really find the cathedrals really interesting. This place also had a lot of history, and the tour guides are really good at explaining it. The staff were really interactive with us. I recommend this place for people who are going to Branson.

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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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