Rain in the Ozarks ends and all riding cave tours resume

Rain in the Ozarks ends and all riding cave tours resume

After abundant rains, Fantastic Caverns starts their Jeep-drawn trams back up to return to giving visitors the majestic experience of their caves.

The all-riding cave tours at Fantastic Caverns are available again. Large amounts of rainfall briefly suspended the tours, but waters have receded and visitors can again cruise around with us underground.

Water is largely responsible for shaping the limestone landscape of the Ozarks, creating sinkholes, ridges, fissures and other landforms all around us. Sinkholes, such as those near the Springfield Branson National Airport about 5 miles from Fantastic Caverns, capture rain and direct water into the cave system. Once water enters Fantastic Caverns, it takes some time to empty out, similar to a funnel. Indian Spring, a wet weather spring allows water to escape the caverns' lower levels at over 9,000 gallons a minute, but that capacity isn't always enough to drain the cave quickly when experiencing very heavy rainfall in the area. With a drainage area of about 15 square miles, rain that falls miles away ends up in Fantastic Caverns and eventually into the Little Sac River by way of the spring. It is important to remember, how we interact with our environment on the surface can directly impact the water we drink and the waterways we enjoy.

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The latest about our Missouri cave, and other Fantastic Caverns news.

Fantastic Caverns' Adventure Tour offers enrichment opportunities
Cub Scouts and participants of a new gifted outreach project got a sneak-peek of the upcoming art, science and history program coming to Fantastic Caverns called Adventure Tour. This was an opportunity for enrichment for the kids, and allowed the team at Fantastic Caverns to practice the program before its launch.
What The Great Blue Hole and Fantastic Caverns have in common
What The Great Blue Hole, Richard Branson and Fantastic Caverns have in common. The same processes that created the limestone caves of the Ozarks, such as Fantastic Caverns, also created The Great Blue Hole.
Protecting Fantastic Caverns from TCE
How Fantastic Caverns is preserving and protecting it's natural cave attraction from man-made chemicals, so the cave system can be enjoyed by people for generations to come.
The underground fleet
Fantastic Caverns may not be inhabited by humans but the cave system does have a thriving ecology of small critters that call it home.
America's ride thru cave
America's favorite ride-through cave attraction uses their signature red Jeep which obtained its name in WW2.
The Cave Factory
Caves like Fantastic Caverns aren't very difficult to create for nature, but it requires a whole lot of time, soluble rock and fresh water.
Fantastic Caverns upgrades to LED lighting
Fantastic Caverns will begin using LED technology in order to illuminate their cave attraction without the added costs that traditional light bulbs would have on the environment.
Relief from the hot weather
Escape the heat in Springfield, Missouri by going underground to the various caves systems that consistently stay at cool temperatures.
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Fantastic Caverns
4872 N Farm Rd 125
Springfield, MO 65803
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