Kartchner Caverns State Park
and Family Fun around Benson.
Recommended by: Cpt Sherri Bernal (Jackson)
You will enter through these big giant doors - like Batman's Cave! Then the cave trail is very clean but you can see down in the cave where it's muddy - but you stay clean. There are a lot of crystals and stalactites in this cave, more than in other ones I've been to! Oh - it's not cold in this cavern like in the mine.
Rated as one of the top 10 caves in the world, partly because the cave is still 'living'. This means the formations continue to grow, and cave eco-system continues. The cave maintains an average year-round humidity of 99% and temperature of 72 degrees, so it will feel muggy and warm, not cool like most caves. All tours are led by highly-trained guides who will explain the role water has played in the cavern's creation. You will see 45,000-year-old bat guano, as well as 'Kubla Khan', the largest column formation in Arizona.
Be sure to visit the Discovery Center where you will find a theater, museum exhibits, a well-stocked gift shop, regional displays, and plenty of educational information about the landscape and caverns. To really immerse yourself in the beautiful desert scenery plan a camping trip, take a hike on one of the trails, bring a picnic (or buy lunch at the onsite deli). There is an amphitheater and gardens filled with hummingbirds. Camping facilities include showers, flush toilets, dishwashing stations and an RV dump station.
Location: I-10 to AZ- 90S (Exit 302), Benson, AZ 85602 (approx. 9 miles south on Hwy 90, destination on right)
Mailing Address: Kartchner Caverns SP, P.O. Box 1849, Benson, AZ 85602
Admission (subject to change):
Camping fees: $25.00 + $5.00 Reservation Fee
Information Phone: 520.586.4100
Hours(subject to change):
Watch a 3 minute video of the Caverns
From Tucson: I-10 East to 90 (exit #302). Right (south) seven miles to entrance on right.
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|Jacob Tip: Stalactites are the ones on the ceiling - you can 'member that because they hold on "Tight"!|
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