Talking Rocks Cavern in Branson, MO

423 Fairy Cave LaneBranson West, MO 65737
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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.


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
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
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"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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TripAdvisor Reviews
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Biloxi, Mississippi
"Cool, little cave!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed April 14, 2018 NEW
This fairly small cave was easy to access. It had a lot of great cave formations. Our tour guide was very friendly & had his patter about the cave down pat. It would be nice to have a little more information about cave conservation. Bats were briefly mentioned (none currently use the cave), but no information about white-nose syndrome or the importance of cave to certain critters was really highlighted. The cool red salamander that is on all the signage & brochures was never mentioned. The other activities (gem mining, kid's "cave" experience, miniature golf, nature trail, & gift shop) all add to the overall experience at this location. The gift shop was well done with high quality rocks & minerals & things that we didn't see at other locations we visited on this trip. The staff was all very upbeat, friendly, & helpful.
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Rhinelander, Wisconsin
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed April 01, 2018 NEW
We thought this would be a great place to visit because it was pouring rain - but not so much! Apparently when it rains outside- it rains inside the caverns as well. We were warned by the staff, but decided to do it anyway. We got drenched despite having rain ponchos on (provided). It was an interesting and beautiful place - just don't go when it's raining!
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grant i
Winnipeg, Canada
"first time in cavern and we received lots of interesting info"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed April 01, 2018 NEW
You may get a little wet and the walkways are fairly narrow.....but it is very interesting and guides give lots of interesting info. It was our first time in a cavern and we enjoyed the adventure. There were all types of people on the one hour tour from all walks of life and everyone seemed to enjoy the tour. Lots of chances to take photo's and they offer a picture of your group at the end of tour. We had lots of photo's so did not see the need to pay the 10 dollars for their photo...which did come in a frame. If your in the area I would recommend this tour.
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David A
Saint Louis, Missouri
"If its raining outside you will get wet."
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed March 31, 2018 NEW
Talking rocks cavern is a vertical cave (as opposed to a series of caves you will walk through). Its all on foot and you go down about 125 steps and see the cave from various vantage points. The tour takes an hour or so and moves slowly enough that you wont get out of breath. Words of caution. It had been raining for a few days during our visit and the cave was quite wet, including the steps. If you wear a waterproof jacket or you don't mind a bit of water you will be fine - and the sights in the cave are definitely worth getting a little damp. The picture others have attached only show some of the sights. There are more and better views. Definitely worth a visit
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Sandra W
Reeds Spring, Missouri
"Fun Adventure"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed March 27, 2018 NEW
If you love to explore and learn about caves, then this cave is definitely for you and for your family. We have toured this cave several times during the past several years. We seem to learn something new each time we visit.
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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?

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.