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Desoto Caverns Family Fun Park

5181 DeSoto Caverns Parkway
800-933-2283

History:

A Woodland Indian burial called a "Copena" burial site can be seen in DeSoto Caverns. The word "Copena" comes from the first three letters of copper and the last three letters of galena, two materials commonly found in these burials. Typically, more than one body fills the mound pit along with such burial offerings as a leaf-shaped stone spear point (called a Copena point).

Prior to a typical Copena burial, the Indians placed their dead out on racks in the sun to dry and decay. Birds would eat away the flesh after which the Indians would gather up the bones and carry them in a sack to their ancestral cave. Here, they would cover the sack with clay and bury it in the earth. The Indians believed it was important that each dead person's spirit have the use of his or her limbs, hands, etc., to get around in the afterlife. They also believed the cave was a peaceful and protective environment for the spirits of their ancestors to live on in.

The burial was discovered in 1965 by a team of archaeologists from the University of Alabama. It contained the skeletons of five Indians, one of whom was a child. Of special note was the immense jawbone of one of these Indians whom scientists believe was more than seven feet tall. Several years ago, DeSoto Caverns Park officials agreed to allow a group of Native Americans to rebury the remains of these Indians in an undisclosed area of the cave.



Reviews

April Barragan

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Saturday, June 30, 2018
Lived in Alabama all my life and finally got to visit this place. It was actually fun and enjoyable. The cave tour was entertaining who I have to give credit to our tour guide who was very knowledgeable and super sweet! They gave us plenty of time to take pictures. My toddler loved it there from rowing the little boats to panning for fools gold. We went on a Monday in June and the had a great deal for a unlimited pass. Definitely recommend if you have little ones.

Krista Lowery

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Friday, July 13, 2018
This is a great place with families with small kids. All activities are for small to maybe 12 years old or special needs. The best part is the cave tour. Lots of hilly walking and sleek, so wear good sole shoes. It's a slow moving amusement park with a handful of rides,gold panning and cave. Very small. Kinda pricey,but good for either camping or a day of fun with small kids.

Shea Dudley

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Sunday, June 24, 2018
Very disappointed. I am only reviewing the cave as we did not have a need for the other attractions or see the campground. I grew up in this area and I used to go there all the time as a kid. Yes, the main room is huge and very pretty, but unfortunately that’s about all you get to see now. The tour last half as long as all the other caves I’ve been in, and what it used to be. From what I was told, a while back, two people fell on the back staircase and broke a leg or foot. So after that, they closed the rest of the tour off. So the price is still high but you get to see less. The history is interesting but you can read all about that online or in a book. The grounds are clean and beautifully kept, with walkways, plants and a small waterfall. There are places where families can have a picnic and kids can play. The staff were nice and helpful. Inside the cave is very easy to traverse and of course has handrails for the slopes. I would say the price would be reasonable if it included an option for couple attractions or a lunch. The only value I can see is the unlimited pass on Mondays in June.

Victor Nelson

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Wednesday, June 6, 2018
Excellent cave tour! If you’ll scroll down through the comments, you’ll see some complaints about the cave size and price. Let me personally respond. First of all, the size of the formations in this cavern are enormous, compared to most other caverns (other than maybe Carlsbad)! Secondly, yes, the cavern is not extensive as far as passages and length, but is is nonetheless impressive and well worth both seeing, and in my opinion the entrance fee. The staff was friendly and informative. I have been all over the world, researching scientific topics, and feel they did a fantastic job all around. I highly recommend DeSoto Caverns!

D Cas

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Saturday, June 9, 2018
Tour guide (Ben) was knowledgeable and funny. The cavern is beautiful but as one would expect and even though the tour is an hour you don't really go far. Lot of time was spent doing family photos at the parks pay photo spot in cavern. It does allow you to walk around and look up close.

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