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 unique natural wonder is a comfortable 63 degrees all year long and features educational tours of a spectacular vertical cave, two SpeleoBox crawl mazes, 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. 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 63-degree cave air.

The hour-long tour of Talking Rocks Cavern is what we call "edutainment." This means that the cave guides focus on education, as well as entertainment. You will learn about the caves discovery and related history, as well as learn about the mineral deposits and other geological information. Our cave guides are ready to answer your questions and can find answers to those questions 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 fairyland". 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 an inspiration for the new name "Talking Rocks Cavern."

After your cave tour, check out our 4,000 square foot Rock & Gift Shop. Other above-ground activities include Cave Country Miniature Golf and gemstone panning. The nature trail, lookout tower, shaded picnic areas, new Kid's Play Area, large outdoor checkerboard and two SpeleoBox crawl mazes are FREE for our guests!

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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Cindy M
Raymore, Missouri, United States
"Must see in Branson!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed October 14, 2018 NEW
Our tour guide was super knowledgeable! Loved the tour, cave was so beautiful! You must go if in Branson! They even have mini golf!
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Corinna G
"Worth a Visit!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed October 05, 2018 NEW
We stopped in on a whim and took the 1-hour tour. The tour guide was very knowledgeable and shared a lot of information with us. A couple of things to be aware: I do recommend not wearing open-toed shoes when doing the tour. This is quite a physical tour that involves 265 stairs that you go down and later climb up. The steps are wet and can be slick if the wrong shoes are worn (our tour had a lady wearing plastic flip-flops who slipped a few times). There are sections of the tour that go through some really tight spaces. If you don't like water dripping on your head, be sure to wear a hat! All in all, we thought the tour was well worth our time and money.
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kwfrazier
Orlando, Florida
"Best caverns we've ever visited!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed October 02, 2018 NEW
Great tour, but it's a workout! The cavern is beautiful with a large assortment of formations to view and a rich history narrated by knowledgeable guides.
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Rayne E
"Hidden Gem"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed October 02, 2018 NEW
This cave tour is smaller than Marvel Cave At Silver a Dollar City, but it is a hidden gem in Branson. Our family very much enjoyed this tour. They take you in this vertical Cave give you the history of it. And then they turn the lights off just lots of fun for the kids and kind of scary. But that part is fun. Our kids really enjoyed the gift shop.
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LJavier24
Topeka, Kansas
"Definitely worth a stop!"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed September 30, 2018 NEW
My fiancé and I, are very glad we stopped by to visit the cavern! We checked in an hour before they closed and Chuck, (our guide) was excellent! Since it was just the two of us on the tour, Chuck showed us a few places he typically wouldn't show with a larger group. Chuck did not rush anything regardless of what time it was, which was very nice of him.. not only that, but he had an excellent sense of humor and is very knowledgeable about the cave! It was my fiancés first time visiting a cave and she was blown away by mother nature.
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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.