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.
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Looking for something to do in March and Talking Rocks was perfect. We had a great tour guide and enjoyed the cavern. Then went walking the trails to the observation deck which we had to ourselves this time of year.
Saint Louis, Missouri
16 of us visited the Talking Rocks Cavern and I think we got the beset guide there, Chris. He wasn't just knowledgeable about these caverns but was a real cave enthusiast and it showed. Be prepared, some of the stairways are a little narrow and you travel pretty deep underground. With that said, highly recommended, especially if you are looking for a little relief from the summer heat.
It has been incredibly hot this week and it was lovely to be in the cool caves! The kids had fun in the Speleo crawl boxes waiting for our tour time. Chuck was a great guide. Best part was when they turned off all the lights and did a light/sound show.
We visited on a hot day, wore hoodies and were comfortable. Our guide Kendrick was a great guide and gave us lots of knowledge. We played putt putt and bought the bags to sluice. My son crawled through the maze, overall had a great time.
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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?
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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