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Discover Cosmic Cavern – Guided Cave Tours and More

April 10th, 2021

Cosmic CavernArkansas is home to some of the best caves in the country and many are within easy reach of Eureka Springs. Cosmic Cavern is a great example, with interesting rock formations, two underground lakes, wild cave tours, and all less than 30 minutes away from 5 Ojo.

Cosmic Cavern is Arkansas’s largest privately owned show cave. The cave was discovered in 1845 but wasn’t developed as a show cave until 1927. As with virtually all Arkansas caves, Cosmic Cavern is a “living” karst cave.

Karst caves are created by natural erosion over thousands of years. Flowing water slowly eats away softer rock, like limestone, from harder, surrounding stone to leave an empty pocket. A “living” cave is one that is still forming through this process of flowing water and deposited minerals.

Cosmic Cavern is considered one of the top Show Caves in the United States and their cave tours are very popular.

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Explore Onyx Cave – Arkansas’ Oldest Show Cave

February 7th, 2020

Onyx Cave in Eureka Springs ArkansasArkansas is riddled with fascinating caves you can visit and tour. Did you know that Arkansas’ oldest show cave, Onyx Cave, is barely 15 minutes away from 5 Ojo, our Eureka Springs inn? It’s true!

Onyx Cave first opened to the public in 1893, just a couple of years after its discovery. The cave is filled with fascinating shapes: stalagmites, stalactites, and weird formations of flowstone. In fact, that’s where the cave got its name.

Flowstone is a smooth, sheet-like deposit of minerals that forms in a limestone cave, over thousands of years due to flowing water. Flowstone was once commonly referred to as “cave onyx,” and at least four states are home to one or more caves with “onyx” in their names.

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Explore War Eagle Cavern, Cosmic Cavern & Onyx Cave

February 12th, 2018

Come explore Arkansas caves near Eureka Springs - War Eagle Cavern, Cosmic Cavern, and Onyx CaveArkansas’ unique geology has it riddled with fascinating and historic caves and caverns. In fact, there are three caves within 30 minutes or less of our Eureka Springs B&B: War Eagle Cavern, Cosmic Cavern, and Onyx Cave!

Arkansas’ many caves and caverns were formed when ancient sea beds solidified into limestone and calcite. These deposits were then shaped over the millennia by the constant drip and flow of water. The caverns and their delicate stalactites, stalagmites, and other ormations are the result of this process. Some caves, known as “living caves,” are still wet and in the process of being formed.

The great number of caves open to the public makes Arkansas a caver’s destination. Eureka Springs feels particularly lucky to have three such wonderful examples so close by.

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