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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
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.
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!
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.
One of my favorite parts of the tour was seeing the “bottomless” lake.
As you looked over the railing, you could see the lake.
The formations seemed to be endless. Beautiful stalagttites, stalagmites, cave bacon, and straws were everywhere.
It feels like you’re in a different world!
Kristin enjoyed the opportunity to feel this cave feature. This is the designated “touch” formation since oils from the skin can damage them.
A Few More Notable Formations
I’ll just leave these pictures here…
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: