folklore tells the legend ...
Centuries ago the Osage Native American Indians discovered the
pristine beauty that lies beneath Thunder Mountain. Local folklore
tells of a legendary
Native American Indian wedding ceremony held in the cave in the early 1800s.
Today this magnificent natural
wonderland is called Bridal Cave. In keeping with the tradition of
the Native American legend, the Cave can be reserved for a
romantic wedding chapel. Over 3,000 couples from around the world have
exchanged vows in the stalactite adorned Bridal Chapel. Chapel available by
Discovering the secret of
Word spread fast among the
pioneering settlers of this wondrous cavern. After
decades of primitive exploration, this astounding natural treasure
was officially protected in 1948 for generations to come. Ongoing
exploration of this massive cavern recently uncovered
chambers of incomparable beauty including the crystal clear waters
of Mystery Lake. Two
years of painstaking development were needed to reveal the once
rumored passages. Now visitors can experience the intriguing marvel
that only a handful have seen.
Rated as one of the most
scenic caves in America ...
Guided tours leave every few minutes and
last approximately one hour. Tours are conducted over concrete
pathways through the Cave's refreshing 60 degree environment.
Park interpreters will lead you and your family through room after
room of incredible mineral deposits. Giant columns, delicate soda
straws and massive draperies abound throughout the cave. Millions of
years of struggle between water and rock have created this cavern
with more onyx formations than any other known cave or cavern. In
fact thousands of school children each year explore Bridal Cave as
part of their educational program. A tour through Bridal Cave
is a family adventure you will never forget.