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If you’re looking for a fun way to get out of the heat of the sun on a warm summer day, consider taking a cave tour. Cosmic Cavern, near the Eureka Springs and Branson areas, is a great choice when hoping to get a glimpse of the cave formations in the Ozarks. This cave hosts Arkansas’s largest private cave tour; it’s the perfect tour for summertime, even though it also holds the title of Arkansas’s warmest cave at 64 degrees year round!

We’d like to thank the Eureka Springs Chamber of Commerce for hosting our visit. As always, all opinions are honest and our own.

Arriving at Cosmic Cavern

Cosmic Cavern Arkansas

As you drive out to Cosmic Cavern, you’ll enjoy a rural road over hills and through wooded areas. This cave attraction fits in perfectly with its surroundings; it’s not overly commercialized. Cosmic Cavern is just a great cave to explore.

Cosmic Cavern Arkansas

When you arrive, you’ll self-park in front of the gift shop building. This is where you’ll get your tickets for the tour. The regular tour is about an hour and a half, and it covers about a third of a mile. There are steps to navigate, but I didn’t think it was very strenuous. After you complete the regular tour, you can schedule an after-hours wild cave tour that involves crawling in mud with hard hats on. It does sound fun, but you must be at least 16 years old to do that tour, and we had our nine-year-old daughter with us.

Once you have become a part of a tour group, your tour starts just outside the back of the gift shop. Everyone sits around the cave opening as the tour begins. After a brief introduction, it’s time to go inside!

Entrance to Cosmic Cavern

Cosmic Cavern Tour

After the descent underground, you’ll follow a path in the cavern. It can be a little slick due to moisture, so I’d suggest wearing appropriate shoes so you won’t fall. Cosmic Cavern certainly has an impressive display of cave formations.

Cosmic Cavern Arkanas

One of my favorite parts of the tour was seeing the “bottomless” lake.

Cosmic Cavern Arkanas

As you looked over the railing, you could see the lake.

Cosmic Cavern Arkanas

The formations seemed to be endless. Beautiful stalagttites, stalagmites, cave bacon, and straws were everywhere.

Cosmic Cavern Arkanas

It feels like you’re in a different world!

Cosmic Cavern Arkanas

Kristin enjoyed the opportunity to feel this cave feature. This is the designated “touch” formation since oils from the skin can damage them.

Touching a formation in Cosmic Cavern

A Few More Notable Formations

I’ll just leave these pictures here…

Cosmic Cavern

Cosmic Cavern

Cosmic Cavern

We had a wonderful time exploring Cosmic Cavern. It was a perfect way to spend some time during a warm July day. The nearest town is Berryville, but if you’re in the Branson or Eureka Springs area, Cosmic Cavern will make a great addition to your visit to the Ozarks!

Here are some other great places to visit in Eureka Springs:

The Great Passion Play

Exploring Downtown Eureka Springs for Families

Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge

The Crescent Hotel

Cosmic Cavern
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34 Comments

  1. I love exploring caves. This one reminds my of the Luray Caverns in Virginia. I will put this on the list for when we visit this area.

  2. Cool place! I remember going to Eureka Springs and The Passion Play when I was a kid. We missed this awesome cavern tho!

  3. I’ve only been to one cave in my life, but it was an awesome experience! Cosmic Cavern looks amazing. Enjoyed being there through your photos!

  4. Angela Sedlak | Mean Green Chef Reply

    Great tour, this is one that I haven’t made yet but it’s added to our list! I’ve visited at least 30 cave systems here in the US and each is always an adventure. Thanks so much for sharing 🙂

  5. I love exploring caverns and caves when I can. I grew up in Ohio and there are some there, but it does not seem quite as big or extensive as this one. If we ever make it to that area we will be sure to check it out!

  6. We’ll have to try this one the next time we venture that way! I’m always so amazed at the wonders found underground!

  7. Lisa Manderino Reply

    Oh this is a great idea we are going to go to Branson this summer.

  8. Tricia Snow Reply

    Arkansas is one of my favorite states. I will be adding this to my list of must sees!

  9. We will need to take a trip back to Eureka Springs! This looks amazing.

  10. Suzan | It's My Sustainable Life Reply

    Reminds me of Howe Caverns in upstate NY. Love exploring the inner worlds 🙂

  11. What beautiful pictures! I have been to caverns since I was a kid. This reminds me that I need to introduce my kids to thos natural beauty.

  12. I grew up in Southern Illinois and we’d occasionally take visitors to various cave tours. As a kid, it was always a bit daunting to me, but I do remember the beauty!!!

  13. Wow how amazing. I am always in awe of the secret beauty of the Earth.

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