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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!
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.
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.
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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TripAdvisor Reviews
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savvytravelmom
Saint Louis, Missouri
"Great little cave!"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed March 24, 2017 NEW
We've toured many caves in Missouri, and this one is among the smallest. However, it has great history with its beginning story and is unique in the 100-foot descent made on foot to the floor of the cave. If you're afraid of heights, this tour is not for you. I would recommend good gripping shoes, since a lot of the steps are wet and slippery. Prepare to get dripped on throughout the tour, moreso if you go after a rain. Our tour guide, Chuck, was very patient with our group that had many small children, and he answered every random question the group had with knowledgeable and informative responses. We also purchased a small bag of sluice, and I was surprised at the size of the gems, much bigger than what we've bought before! Have the kids go through the little tunnel thing (can't remember the name) that's inside the gift shop.
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nitpicky00
Alton, IL
"Small but mighty"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed March 19, 2017 NEW
This is a small cavern, but it is rich with history. Our guide was very knowledgeable both about the history of the cave and cave features. There is also a few nature trails and a mini-golf. We did not take advantage of the mini-golf, but the nature trails were nice.
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rosifraz
Milton, Florida
"Nice but not very big"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed March 16, 2017 NEW
Family went down and enjoyed it but said it was smaller than expected and drippy. All got wet and the outside temps were in the low 40s! Hannah was a great tour guide and fun!
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GARY C
Prague
"Small Cavern but fun to see"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed March 16, 2017 NEW
Been here several times over the years and its enjoyable but not Carlsbad..still very fun to see.. take the family
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Susane G
Wichita
"Cavern is Amazing - Don't shop there"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed January 19, 2017
We talk 4 13 year old boys there for a birthday outing. There are some outside interactive activities that the boys enjoyed, that was fun. Once inside we bought our tickets. The folks working there are all great. Our tour guide was a college student and very informative about the cavern. The cavern is beautiful inside and the information interesting. However, the tour guide from the beginning talked too fast. As we went through the cavern, it was the same. The cavern is very wet (naturally) but there were spots where it is really wet, I suggest a rain slicker of some sort. It is not cold, just wet!!! The tour guide took photos so I thought they were going to be nice. Since there were 4 boys, I opted to buy the digital (USB) and since I do photography, I also have a Canon photo printer that I would print them. I got home and was very disappointed. The extra photos of the cave included photos of people I have no clue who they are. Why not just provide photos of the cave highlights themselves? One of the boys was kind of cut out of the photo and there was an electrical box in the photo that I did photoshop out. Maybe I am bit critical since I am also behind the camera. Although I did not have my camera this day. It is well worth it, the cavern is really interesting and I would recommend it. I think had I taken the time to grab a few photos even with my iPhone, the tour guide would have been fine with it. But this is a personal thing for me. The tour itself is worth it. Don't forget your rain coats/hats!

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.