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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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Christine C

Grapevine, Texas

"Good Activity Rain or Shine!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed July 26, 2016 NEW

There are so many fun activities in the Branson area, it can be hard to decide what to do. A visit to the Talking Rocks Cavern is a great activity. We went on a rainy afternoon when we first arrived into town.......by the time we left the cave, the sun was out, we played mini golf and there was still time to ride go-karts, bumper boats before dinner! The kids (and adults) will really learn something! The guides are excellent and experts not only in geology and caves but great ozark history teachers too! This cave tour has mostly concrete, solid stairs, but there are parts that require climbing over the actual rock formations and ducking thru narrow passages. This added to the thrill for our kids ages 9 and 11 and it was easy enough for our 71 year old grandparents, but it could be tricky for the very young, or anybody with hip, or knee issues. The tour was really interesting, it makes us want to go see more caves! The light show at the end of the tour was very well done and emphasized the beauty and mystique of the cave!

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Lisa K

Atchison, Kansas

"Had a great time!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed July 24, 2016 NEW

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.

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Mark G

Saint Louis, Missouri

"Cavern's are Cool"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed July 21, 2016 NEW

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.

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masonsgalpal

Chicago, Illinois

"Nice place to cool off!"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed July 20, 2016 NEW

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.

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Csande1


"Nice and cool"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed July 18, 2016 NEW

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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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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