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.

Tripster Customer Reviews

5 Reviews
Tripster Customer
Plainfield, IL
3 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"Unique experience"
October 2018
This cave provided very cool views. The tour guide was very knowledgeable and entertaining. There were a decent amount of stairs, and the railings have wide gaps, so I would keep that in mind if traveling with small children. Very close to Silver Dollar City, too, so it is convenient to pair the two together into one day.
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Tip: The caves are chilly, and the stairs can be slippery, so dress appropriately

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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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Tripster 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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Skeets34
Tewksbury, Massachusetts
"Neat Cavern"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed May 20, 2019 NEW
We liked the tour, beautiful cavern with neat features. The tour length was just about right. Nice gift shop and hiking trail behind that goes to a tower. Worth doing no charge for that.
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Meltheinsomniac
Saint Louis, Missouri
"Amazing"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed May 16, 2019 NEW
I've only ever been to one other cave and that experience doesn't even compare to Talking Rocks! You actually get to walk through the cave and even through a formation. There are a lot of steps and some of them are wet so for some, the tour may not be the best. We had so much fun and our tour guide was fantastic and had a ton of information about the history of the cave.
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Tricks433
Topeka, Kansas
"More than just a cave!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed May 02, 2019 NEW
We've ventured Talking Rocks more than a couple times. This cave is especially fun for kids. There's a lot of things to keep them engaged. They have these tunnels build that simulate spelunking. One inside and one outside. Theres also a cool little river panning set up where they can mine their own rocks. The cave itself is beautiful and the history behind it is worth going. It's a walk through tour which gives you an up close and personal experience. Some passages are tight but nothing that's going to require you to dirty up your clothes doing it. Our guide that day was John. He was very knowledgeable about Talking Rocks and caves in general! Ask all the questions you can think of and I bet they'll have an answer for you. It's just a short drive up 76 highway outside of Branson. Not even 15 mins away from the main strip. If you're staying in Branson and enjoy outdoor adventures, this is a must!
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debb767
"Very interesting and historic"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed May 01, 2019 NEW
This tour has a lot of stairs and some are wet that make them a little slippery but well worth it. According to our guide, they have been doing tours there for 98 years!!!! Beautiful drapes, icicles and more!
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craighJ2730KS
Hudsonville, Michigan
"Awesome!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed April 29, 2019 NEW
This was a great tour away from the hub bub in Branson. A great adventure for the whole family. Chuck was a great tour guide and provided a great historical review of the caves. Make sure you wear sturdy shoes and don't be worried about getting dripped on. It’s just a few drips. There are several steep stairs but well worth it. The stalactites and stalagmites throughout the cavern are amazing. You should be able to get a few great photos too! Don’t worry there are no bats in this cave. There is also a miniature golf course on the property and some hiking trails too. Make sure you check out the scenic overlook. A much better view here than Inspiration Tower and no glass to get in your way if you want to take photos. You will definitely enjoy your 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?
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.