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.

Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our Branson West Travel Experts
  • View the beauty of Missouri--underground!
  • Guided cave tour features numerous geological formations.
  • Nature trails and lookout tower on-site.
  • 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.

Description

from Talking Rocks Cavern
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.

Reserve Branson Customer Reviews

4 Reviews
Tania Harvey
Camden, AR
6 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"Not for fear of heights"
November, 2015
It was too dangerous for my 2 year old and my husband had to take her back to the top. Very entertaining and guide was knowledgeable. Would not go here if you have a fear of heights. The special part of the tour was fun.
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Reserve Branson Customer
Beardstown, IL
7 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"BEAUTIFUL"
April, 2015
One of the best caves I have experienced and our guide was wonderful!
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Tip: If you are afraid of heights or tight places, this is not for you.

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Sana Johnson
Rogers, AR
5 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"You should go there."
April, 2015
This is probably one of the best experiences we had while in Branson. The staff is very professional and knowledgeable.
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Tip: Make sure you wear tennis shoes and have a jacket or a coat.

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Jason H.
Axtell, KS
2 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"Kansas Couple"
March, 2015
My husband and I went and had a blast. The formations and history where outstanding.
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Tip: You might get a little wet. Leave your purse in the car and have something to cover your camera in between shots.

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Andreanna N
"Fabulous Cave Tour"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed February 10, 2018 NEW
This cave tour was amazing. I’ve been to a lot of caves and had some good tours, and this was in the top 5. We visited during the off season so we got to enjoy the tour almost all to ourselves. The cave is easy to navigate and absolutely beautiful inside. The staff was so friendly and our tour guide was funny, interactive, and informative. It was affordable and the tour lasted approximately 60 minutes. The cave was humid but that actually worked in our favor as it was cold outside. The stalagmites and curtain formations were stunning. This is a must see if you’re in Branson. It is great fun for the whole family.
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lovemoose15
Leawood, Kansas
"Cave Lover"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed February 07, 2018 NEW
This cave is owned by SDC, but it is not a part of the park. It is an interesting cave to go and visit. If you struggle with mobility, I would not go to this cave.
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skipreader
Timonium, Maryland
"Many Improvements Made Recently, Mainly A Great Playground For The Kids!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 19, 2018
My wife and I have been to Talking Rocks Cavern several times, and we've taken many friends and relatives. It's a somewhat unique cavern because it has just about everything you'd want to see in a cavern yet it's relatively small, as caverns go, so it doesn't take as long to get through and doesn't wear you out with too much walking. The Cavern is definitely beautiful, and it's not hard to get around; however, it is certainly not handicap accessible and there are a few fairly tight spots to get through, so not the best for really overweight folks. I mentioned the new playground for kids, and we had two young ones with us last trip and they loved the playground, mainly tunnels and bridges (not in the cavern) to run through and play in. They really enjoyed it. There is also a 9 hole miniature golf course built on the side of a hill, which my wife and I have not played. All-in-all definitely a fun spot if you enjoy caverns. We certainly like it.
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nicole n
"Super fun time!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 14, 2018
For less than $20 you get an hour long, guided tour down into a cave over hundreds of years old. It's a tight space with a couple hundred steps but worth every one. You stop frequently to learn more about the cave and look at specific things, so it's not too bad of a workout. The guides are passionate and informed (we had Mark and could tell he loves his job, I asked a million questions and he wasn't annoyed, and knew all the answers!). For $6-$11 (depending on the bag size) you can mine for gems right out front. Each bag has real gems and you get a plastic bag to take them home in and an identification card to figure out what you get. I got the medium size bag, and my take-home bag is a little over half full including a quartz the size of my thumb. Great activity. For $2 more you get to play mini golf. The cave is 60 degrees all year long, so leave your coats in the car, but don't skip out on this hidden gem!
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Kyle_Harper
"A beautiful cave."
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 07, 2018
Visited with my wife and three daughters. Really enjoyed it. The staff is great! Definitely recommend visiting.
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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.