Not far outside Eureka Springs is the wondrous Cosmic Cavern. It is great fun for all fit enough to negotiate through narrow passages and stairways. Many guests of our Eureka Springs AR Bed and Breakfast have been pleased with their visit to Cosmic Cavern.
The bottom has not yet been found in two subterranean lakes. There are fascinating formations of stalactites and stalagmites, flowstones, sodastraws, cave bacon, draperies, and helictites. Cosmic Cavern is home to blind cave trout and the Ozark Blind Cave Salamander – both of which exemplify how animals adapt to their living conditions.
Standard tours of Cosmic Cavern last over an hour. If you take this tour and have a taste for more, you may want to try the Wild Cave Tour through parts of the caverns rarely seen by the public. Previous spelunking experience isn’t necessary, but a sense of adventure and a willingness to get a little dirty is.
A more relaxing activity is Gemstone Panning in an authentic sluice. You’ll be successful with a little patience and sharp eyes. Among other gems, you may find Garnet in Matrix, Fool’s Gold, Rose Quartz, and amethyst.