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
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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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Lisa62801
"Fantastic"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed October 23, 2019 NEW
This was by far the best part of our trip. It was spot of the moment and I was worried it would be too gimmicky. It’s not. Our tour guide, John, was so knowledgeable and you could tell how much he enjoys his job. Do not miss this. And don’t wear a jacket. It’s very humid.
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Lauren L
"Awesome, but slow-going"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed October 22, 2019 NEW
We've been to caverns before & not having an elevator didn't bother me at all! This place is beautiful & the guides are crazy smart on the subject! It is wet inside & some of the places are narrow or steep, but not impossible by any means! We had two younger children with us (7 & 8) & they also had a blast. Sometimes the stops for lecture were a little long-winded for my taste, but very informative. I'm just an outcast & would've been perfectly content exploring the cave without a guide. We did the hiking trail, box maze, outdoor play/games & sifted gems from sludge. We're already talking about the next time we go & spend the day!
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Il_Siciliano1944
Columbus, OH
"Great Place but heed this warning"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed October 11, 2019
This is a beautiful cavern great formations, beautifully lighted. Well worth the money you pay for the tour. Be warned however, this is a mostly VERTICAL experience. The cavern is and up and down experience, don't even think about horizontal. There is no elevator so remember the old saying, "whatever goes down must come up again". (sic), And you do go down several hundred feet. This is also a cavern that is definitely not for small children. Not only are the stairs steep, but many passages are very narrow. Another drawback is that the cavern is very wet, no not refuse the free poncho unless you like being soaked by extremely cold water. This review may appear negative but my intent is to warn but not discourage. The formations are spectacular and the tour guide is very informative. The cave tour takes roughly and hour but get your money's worth and hike the nature trail as well. The walk is easy and about a mile if you opt to walk the whole circuit. There is also a children's playground and a sluice where you can pan for gems. I highly recommend this cavern. It is a little more strenuous than most but well worth the effort.. Just leave the small (under 5), children at home.
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Ric A
"Fantastic experience"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed October 08, 2019
My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed this visit to the Talking Rock caverns. We have visited the caverns at Sonora, Carlsbad and the Cave with no name, but this was by far the most beautiful cave we have seen. The trail into the Cave is mildly challenging but do-able. I am 70 and my wife is in her late 60s. The story of the discovery and development of the caverns was most interesting and the gift shop was fabulous. Highly recommended.
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clydemr
"Breath taking"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed September 26, 2019
I been to the Caverns in Virginia - Luray Caverns and these are just as wonderful - even the history behind these caves - makes the trip enjoyable.
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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.