Meramec Caverns

Beneath the fertile rolling hills of the Meramec Valley, lies a complex of mineral formations and color as rare and unique as they are beautiful. These jewels of nature which took thousands of years to grow, are preserved in the spectacular sights of Meramec Caverns.

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Ruby Falls

This massive underground waterfall has been a family favorite for travelers for over 85 years.

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Limestone Caves

National Caves Association

Celebrating 50 years, the Association has a membership of over 80 caves across the nation including Barbados and Bermuda.

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CAVE MEMBERSHIP BENEFITS

NCA Brochure.  The NCA produces and distributes over 250,000 full color brochures at member caves and tourist information centers nationally.  Your cave’s photo can be featured in the NCA brochure and "Gallery" on the website for a minimal additional charge.

NCA Public Website.   The NCA has a public website, www.cavern.com which features all NCA members.  This site has over 250,000 visitor sessions annually and is the source for information about show caves for the traveling public.

NCA Website “Members” Page.  The “Members” page on the NCA website is available exclusively for members of the National Caves Association.  The “Members” page  is filled with valuable information for cave owners and managers.  It is here that you will find the NCA Membership Directory, committee information, reports presented at the annual convention, current and back issues of Cave Talk; information about the annual convention; information about the NCA Insurance program; webinars and much, much more.  The “Members” page is constantly being updated with new information.

NCA Insurance Program.  In partnership with PRO Insurance, the NCA offers complete insurance packages for caves of all sizes.  General liability, property, auto and umbrella policies are just a sample of what is available through the Association’s insurance program.  The combined buying power of the Association’s membership allows for very competitive rates.

NCA Monthly Newsletter.  Cave Talk is the monthly membership newsletter.  Cave Talk covers a variety of topics on all aspects of show caves industry, including business, conservation, legislation and science.

NCA Annual Convention & Vendors Show.  The annual convention is held in the fall at different locations across the United States.  Informative seminars, panel discussions, and guest speakers are just a small sample of the events that take place during the four day convention.  To many members of the Association this is the most important benefit of membership and is easily the most anticipated event each year.  In conjunction with the annual convention, a specialized “Vendors Show” is held at which convention attendees may find a variety of items of interest for their business such as retail merchandise, point of sale systems, and advertising information on brochures and billboards, just to name a few.

NCA Complimentary Admission Program.  Many Member Caves extend complimentary admission to the staff of other Member Caves.

Membership Surveys.  The NCA conducts periodic surveys of the membership on important issues such as attendance trends, new products, promotional ideas, added attractions, admission rates, and public education about caves and caverns.

Trade Association Membership.  The NCA holds membership in the International Show Caves Association (ISCA).  Many NCA members also hold individual cave memberships in ISCA and attend the biennial Congress held in different countries around the world.  The NCA also partners with the National Speleological Society, Bat Conservation International, the National Cave and Karst Research Institute, the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions, and the International Gift Exposition in the Smokies.

Cave Vandalism Reward Fund.  In the event you have vandalism to your cave the NCA offers a $1,000 reward for the arrest and conviction of those involved.