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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.

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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travelor0713
virginia
"Beautiful Cavern - But not suitable for children under 3"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed September 13, 2017 NEW
We visited this cavern with a 2 year old .... not the best idea in the world. We ended up having to carry her the entire way due to the fear of her falling off the steps and straight down. Make sure you wear comfortable walking shoes with a good tread as the steps are very slippery. That being said, this was one of the most beautiful caverns I've ever visited. Our guide was knowledgeable and friendly. The light show at the bottom was cool (2 year old clapped). Make sure you look for the fossilized bear claws on the way out (picture attached)
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Josh D
"Fun for all ages!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed September 04, 2017 NEW
We took our four daughters ages 2 - 10. They have an amazing play set and mini golf outside. The play set was free, which was great to keep our littles entertained. The cave is phenomenal, and the guide filled us in on all sorts of history along the way. Next time we go back, we are going to take advantage of the free nature trail as well. We could easily spend a couple hours to a full day doing stuff at Talking Rocks!
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Sheena A
"Loved it!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed September 03, 2017 NEW
This was fabulous! We loved this tour! Our guide was so knowledgable and friendly! The caves are so neat and fun! What an experience! Gift shop had some neat things in it, I bought a couple of southern cookbooks at a good price! The nature trails are beautiful! Lots of stuff for kids, but we traveled as just adults and still enjoyed it! I wouldn't recommend it for larger people, due to some serious space constraints going up and down the caves. Also wouldn't be good for people who have a hard time with stairs, as it is quite a haul up and down the stairs.
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swantownlove
Hollister, Missouri
"Loved it!!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed August 30, 2017 NEW
My family and I were recently able to visit the caves at Talking Rocks Cavern. We all loved it! I have 4 children from 2 to 10 years old and every one of us agreed it's the best place we've visited in Branson so far and we've lived here for 3 years. The staff is knowledgable and make it clear that they really love what they do. The gift shop is beautiful and unique with an abundance of different rocks and unique items. It's not your normal t-shirts and stuffed animals gift shop, although they have some of those as well. My kids loved the new playground outside and the maze in the gift shop. We had so much fun, we didn't even get to see everything. We will return and play on the mini golf course, explore the wooden cave maze outside and traverse the free walking trails.
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CassieDrew
Knoxville, Tennessee
"Educational and Fun!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed August 28, 2017 NEW
I have recently discovered my love for caves after visiting Marvel Cave, so we decided to check this one out. The guide Hannah was awesome. She was very knowledgable and funny! Although I did feel somewhat rushed throughout the tour, it was an amazing experience and they took great photos.
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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.