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Cathedral Cave is located in Onondaga Cave State Park. The tour begins at the campground showerhouse. Before entering the cave, you'll have a one-third mile walk up Deer Run Trail to the cave's entrance. Once inside the cave, the tour lasts about 90 minutes. The cave temperature is 57ºF (13ºC). The tour is limited to the first 30 people. It is more strenuous than the Onondaga Cave tour and covers 1.66 miles round trip.
Most, if not all, of Cathedral Cave is hollowed in the Gasconade dolomite, which was laid down approximately 440 million years ago. The cave consists of two distinct sections: a dimensionally larger and presumably older passage with its entrance high on the campground valley hillside; and the much longer, narrower, younger and lower (both in passage size and elevation) cave stream passage, which intersects the stream at right angles near the Cathedral column - the premier speleothem in the cave.
Admission prices are $8 for adults; $7 for ages 13-19 and 65 and older; and $6 for ages 6-12. Children younger than age 6 are admitted free.
Tours of Cathedral Cave are offered:
From the low, narrow streamside passages to the huge rooms filled with calcite deposits, Fisher Cave offers one outstanding cave scene after another. Inside these rooms and passages are well-preserved bear claw marks, cave wildlife and a vast array of calcite deposits ranging from intricate hellectites to massive columns 30 feet tall.
Educational groups are admitted at half price. All groups must schedule tours at least two weeks in advance.
Located within Meramec State Park, off Route 185. The park offers camping, dining, canoeing, lodging, trails and picnicking.
Tours: $8; ages 13-19, $7; ages 6-12, $6; younger than 6, free.
Go on a guided tour of this seven-level natural wonder, the possibly the oldest stop along historic Route 66. Tours are conducted along well-lighted walkways. Cavern tour takes one hour and twenty minutes, covering 1¼ miles. Meramec Caverns has been a tourist attraction since 1933. The cave is reputed to have been used by Jesse James and his gang as a hideout.
Facilities include: gift shop; a sluice; picnic areas; a candy store. Also on-site (see separate listings): Meramec Caverns Restaurant; Meramec Caverns Motel; Meramec Caverns Campground; Cavern Canoe and Raft Rentals; Jesse James Wax Museum; and Caveman Zipline.
Located off of I-44 at exit 230. Closed on Thanksgiving and Dec. 25.
Cave tours: $20; ages 5-11, $10; younger than 5, free.
Onondaga Cave, a National Natural Landmark within Onondaga Cave State Park, is recognized as one of the most spectacular caves in the nation because of the quality of its formations. The tours lasts about an hour and fifteen minutes, covering about one mile of passageways. The cave's temperature is 57ºF (13ºC) year-round.
Scheduled tours are given, mid April thru mid October. Cave tour prices: $15; ages 6-12, $9; younger than 6, free.
Group rates are offered for 10 or more people. Group reservations must be made at least two weeks in advance in order to receive the group, however, group reservations can be made up to seven months in advance.
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