Missouri Show Caves—We’ve got you covered
Looking to escape the summer heat? Head underground and enjoy one of Missouri’s most notorious natural features—caves.
“Visiting one of Missouri’s 24 show caves can be a fun and exciting family experience, especially during hot summer months,” Missouri Director of Mine and Cave Safety Les Thomas said. “With a lot of activities and features, everyone can enjoy a Missouri cave.”
Missouri caves typically maintain an average temperature of 55-58 degrees Fahrenheit, making them a perfect retreat on long, hot, humid days.
But, how do you know a cave is safe before taking your family inside? If it is a public or show cave, our Mine and Cave Safety Division is looking out for you and yours with routine inspections.
“The visitors can be assured the cave they visit has been thoroughly inspected by one of our mine and cave inspectors to ensure their safety,” Thomas said. “I encourage everyone to visit and learn more about caving and the history of our amazing caverns and caves in Missouri.”
Missouri public and show caves must be equipped with safety guard rails, bridges, ladders, entrances, platforms, walkways, safety barriers, rails, paths and other safety measures in and around the cave before they are opened to the public. The division also requires a map of the cave to be on file, and conducts ongoing inspections.
When a safety hazard is found, the owner or operator of the cave is required to bring the cave back into compliance.
Whether you are retracing the steps of Mark Twain, grabbing a bite to eat, sampling a refreshing Missouri wine or diving into the depths of Bonne Terre Mine, you can rest assured that our mine and cave safety team have put their decades of experience to work making sure your family outing is as safe as possible.
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