Caves and Mines
Bridal Cave and Thunder Mountain Park Camdenton
Where is it at?
Bridal Cave and Thunder Mountain Park
526 Bridal Cave Road
Tel: 573 346-2676
Where are we going today?
It may be called Bridal Cave because of the folklore that Osage Native American Indians discovered the beauty of the caves, and held a wedding ceremony there in the early 1880s, but it's also a natural wonder of the world that offer guided tours for families to visit and enjoy!
Bridal Cave was discovered at a time when the pioneering settlers were looking for wonder, and flocked to the cave until 1948 when it was protected. Further explorations uncovered amazing chambers, with crystal clear waters, now known as Mystery Lake.
Over two years, passageways were uncovered, and now you can experience wonders that only a handful in the entire world have seen!
The guided tours are the way to see the caves, They leave every few minutes and all last around an hour. These tours on concrete pathways are always in the 60F environment - so you always know what kind of weather you'll be getting!
The interpreters will answer all your questions, and will take you on a journey of incredible mineral deposits and rock formations. Giant columns, draperies, delicate soda straws, are all abound through the cave.
Bridal Cave also has more onyx formations than any other known cave or cavern - pretty impressive!
An underground adventure that you will never forget in Missouri! Who knew that family adventure didn't have to always be ABOVE ground!
How much does it cost?
- Children$8 (ages 5 to 12)
When can we go?
9am open. Last tour ranges from 4pm to 6pm
Closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas and New Years Day
They offer a two hour educational program which includes an outdoor classroom and a flashlight tour of Bear Cave AND Bridal Cave!.
There is a snack center where you can pick up some food and drink for you and the family after your adventure.
There are picnic areas if you want to bring your own healthy lunch and bottled water and enjoy it under the sun!.
Any Top Tips?
They have fun events like Back to School kids under 12 years FREE on certain days!.
Doing our bit
They have preserved the cave beautifully since it was protected, and carefully keep exploring so we can see more of these caves. However, they have set up regulations to help keep it how nature intended, so help them out by following them .
Need a little extra help?
Give them a call if you have special needs to see how they can accommodate and assist you! .
Can I get one of those?
Thunder Mountain Park has the Ozark's LARGEST gift shop, with amazing gifts and educational items for you! There is also a mineral shop.
At 60F all year round it's worth bringing clothing that is appropriate! .