7225 North Crystal Cave Lane, Springfield, MO 65803-7925
AVERAGE USER RATING
A Greene County Historic Site, this beautiful cave features natural paths and stone steps to guide you to different areas of ... More
A Greene County Historic Site, this beautiful cave features natural paths and stone steps to guide you to different areas of the cave including The Cathedral, Rainbow Falls, and Upside Down Well. Indian symbols adorn the walls. A guided 80 minute tour is available.
I've been to this cave many times and it's always been my favorite because of the personalized tour and the kindly tour guides. By the way, they had a season. The person who reviewed that stopped in January and the gate was locked-they were open May-Sept. Their website says the cave is now closed and no one answers the phone. I can only think the worst about the lovely couple who privately own it. They have a son who is a geologist so we may be able to explore this cave again someday.
i would like to say that it was amazing but... we (my dad and i) passed the site 3 times before we found it because the sign was grown over with vines, then we got to the gate and it was locked with no sign telling when it would be opened, that is if it is even till running, so we went on to bridal cave which was amazing. i would love to know what was going on and if/when it is going to be opened again.
The gentleman that guided us through the cave was informative, entertaining, and kind enough to let us individually linger for pics (we were a small group of approx. 15). He is the one who is responsible for adding more and more new paths and electrical cable! The cave is huge and magnificent, just beautiful! I will be going back again for sure. The value is great too.... and you get to walk through, rather than only a 'ride'. I lived here a long time and didn't know it was here... and hadn't gone til now. I'm very happy I did.
The older gentlemen who owns it and gave the tour was phenomenal. His wife had recently had knee replacement surgery so he was taking care of it by himself. He gave a wonderful narration showing us all the great features of the cave. My wife, son and I visited on 31 August 2008 and we all three highly recommend this to anyone. Even experienced spelunkers will enjoy the cave.
My wife and I have toured several caves and this tour was one of the most enjoyable. The elderly owner (89 years young) loves his cave and it shows. I do not believe he gives tours to make money, but to share the cave and it's history.
I have been to this cave two times myself and my 9 year old has been with school 3 times. We have always had a geat time. Will bring my younger son in a year or two. This Cave is way better compared to other larger tours according to my son. Way worth the wait! Must appreciate natural cave beauty. This is a living growing cave (though it was almost dry the last time because of lack of rain). We saw a bat, several salamanders and a very friendly dog named Jill.
My husband and I were amazed at the natural beauty of this privately owned treasure! Mr Richardson and his wife have done an excellent job of preserving Crystal Cave and its history. You should be able to walk on uneven surfaces at times and the tour is about 90 minutes. We highly recommend it if you want an unforgettable cave adventure! It's the only place you'll ever see some of these remarkable formations up close and personal. We look forward to going back!
Millers of KC,MO.
The cave is big and the owner made a lot of improvements and opened new rooms. It is very important to call first and tell when you are going to come. We did so, and didn't have any problems.
It is an interesting cave, though, I think Bridal Cave in Osage Beach is much more interesting.
This was an excellent cave for the rawness. If you like caves that have not been visited very often then this is the cave for you. When we were there in 2003, the owner, a wonderful man, took us into a part of the cave that he had recently discovered. We were honored that he did that for us. It was a beautiful cave. We were the only ones on the tour that day. It wa our anniversary and he made it memorible for us.
Yes, sometimes the owners don't come down to the cave on time, but give them a break- they are an elderly couple who do it all themselves! We are lucky they are even letting us see this cave. It is on private property, like many caves in the Ozarks, and they could chose to keep visitors out. Instead they share it with others as much as they feel able. Loyd, one of the owners, carried mud out of this cave bucket by bucket to open up more rooms for our enjoyment. He's passionate about this cave and it shows. He and his wife give an excellent tour. I've been in the cave many times.
There are some interesting Native American historical items in this cave, including a burial mound and arrows painted on the ceiling to show the routes in and out of the cave. The owners also let you actually touch some of the formations (unheard of in cave tours) and take as many photos as you like, even holding the tour up to accomodate you.
The only caution I have is that there is a lot of walking on uneven ground and there is one spot that you have to duck down under a pass that is only about 3 ft. tall. If you have trouble with stairs or uneven walking surfaces, this is not the tour for you. It is not handicapped accessible in any way, nor could it ever be.
I highly recommend this beautiful cave with wonderful owners/tour guides. If you want to meet some real, down-home, geniunely nice Ozarks folk, and see a unique natural cave, this is the place you must see in Springfield.