unique addition to any tour
itinerary ... to or through the
summer fades into fall, Fantastic Caverns is
still an ideal destination continuing into
holiday and winter travel through the Ozarks. The
warm mood of the seasons extends inside America's
ride-through cave where temperatures linger at a
warm 60 degrees all year.
of the weather outside, visitors can stay dry,
relax in comfort and get away from it all by
boarding the Jeep-drawn tram and experiencing the
natural beauty of Fantastic Caverns.
innovation opens the door to the history of
Fantastic Caverns as a natural adventure
perfectly suited to Seniors. This is an ideal
experience for church groups, bank clubs, adult
and senior citizen centers.
visitors board a comfortable tour of America's
ride-through cave, they begin a journey back in
time. People are very recent additions to this
picture. Human history adds up to little more
than a few ticks on the geologic clock by which
caves count their age.
Caverns, just northwest of Springfield, Missouri,
is one of more than 6,500 known caves that dot
the Missouri landscape, and more are still being
discovered. Of these, only a handful are open to
visitors - and only one offers a riding tour.
wasn't even an option back in 1867, when the
first known explorers visited Fantastic Caverns.
They were 12 women who, equipped with ropes and
ladders, ventured inside to answer the owner's
advertisement for cave explorers. With only
flickering torches or lanterns for light, they
surely saw only a hint of the cave's splendors as
they groped their way along its dark and slippery
passages. It is unlikely that anyone else had
been there before them - the cave shows no signs
of human habitation.
riding tour tells a different story. Along the
roomy, brightly lit passageways, visits can see
thousands of speleothems - cave formations that
include stalactites and stalagmites, tiny soda
straws, cave pearls, massive columns and
flowstones, each one like no other, and all
created by water a drop at a time, take us back
through the ages to a day when no human footstep
was heard here.
those early explorers had to be in good physical
condition, modern visitors don't have to worry
about stamina. Since today's tour is entirely by
tram, with no walking required, families with
small children, senior citizens and the
physically challenged can all sit back and enjoy
the ride. Temperatures inside the cave always
hover around 60 degrees making it a wonderful
adventure regardless of the season.
process that created southern Missouri's caves -
called a "cave factory" by one
geologist - began a very long time ago. Cave
formation has been going on in the Ozarks since
seismic activity pushed the rocks up from a
shallow sea that once covered the region. While
it is difficult to tell the exact age of a cave,
we know that Fantastic Caverns is sure to be
thousands of years old.
The hilly topography and abundant limestone, found in
the Ozarks make it an ideal setting for cave
formation. Just add water and the list of
ingredients is complete. As the water percolates
through he porous limestone, it chemically eats
away at the rock, leaving the voids and cavities
that grow into caves - some of which are quite
extensive. Some Missouri cave systems are known
to be more than 20 miles long. Visitors find
Fantastic Caverns to be a spectacular showcase of
our state's underground phenomenon - located here
in the heart of the Ozarks.
have never inhabited these caverns; however, a
variety of animals do find a home here. The
grotto salamander, the cave crayfish and the rare, blind Ozarks cavefish - a reclusive little
creature no longer than a finger - can all be
found dwelling in Fantastic Caverns. Clean,
unpolluted groundwater is vital to these animals
and to the cave's overall health. That's why
water quality is carefully monitored.
to an assortment of destinations, including Bass
Pro Shops Outdoor World, and just a short drive
from Branson and its attractions, Fantastic
Caverns offers visitors a leisurely side trip
from 21st century life into the distant past.
contact us at (417) 833-2010 for group rates & to make reservations.