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Kartchner Caverns State Park

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Great time at Karchner Caverns

We visited my sister and her husband in Sierra Vista for a couple days and this was one of two... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Bluesdude0
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Kenai, Alaska
Camera Club Outing

We were fortunate to get all 15 slots for one of the rare photo tours of these magnificent... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
S6598ADpaull
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Sun Lakes, Arizona
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In November 1974, Gary Tenen and Randy Tufts were exploring the limestone hills at the eastern base of the Whetstone Mountains. They were looking “for a cave no one had ever found” and found it. The two kept the cave a secret until February 1978...more
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2980 S Hwy 90, 9 miles south of Interstate 10, Benson, AZ 85602
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Reviewed 2 days ago

We visited my sister and her husband in Sierra Vista for a couple days and this was one of two activities we picked to do and sure glad we did. It was a lot of fun. Not quite as spectacular as Carlsbad but our guide...More

Date of experience: March 2019
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We were fortunate to get all 15 slots for one of the rare photo tours of these magnificent caverns. Even when cameras are not allowed, it is a great tour. Fascinating natural wonder in a state that has many.

Date of experience: March 2019
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Great tour, guide was excellent, entertaining and fun. Very informative, good for all ages. Definitely good to reserve in advance.

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Russell B
Reviewed 3 days ago

I would suggest calling to make reservations for the cave tour for they book up quickly. The tour themselves are very much worth the time!!!!

Date of experience: March 2019
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We had been to the rotunda-throne room in the 1990s and always hoped to get back to see the Big Room. Today was the day! There are quite a few hiking trails to keep you occupied while you await your tour. The museum items are...More

Date of experience: March 2019
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The cavern itself is impressive, of course. I’ve seen better, but it’s beautiful art of nature and is exquisite. Maybe the actual Park rangers are better. I don’t know. But our volunteer guide made it so boring and went over the rules 20x throughout the...More

Date of experience: March 2019
1  Thank alrightalex
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Tour guide was very knowledgeable and we learned a lot about how these caverns were formed. The park has very stringent access rules to protect the caverns and their bats. While not as impressive as Carlsbad Caverns, still an interesting visit.

Date of experience: March 2019
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We have visited many caverns throughout the US, over the last few years, and for us, this one tops the list. The history of how these caves were found, the beauty of the cave itself and the area where it is located is well worth...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank stdgmail
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We enjoyed our tour of the caverns and learning the history of this site but enough already with the warnings about endangering the ecosystem. We hate guided tours in general, but our guide must have said a hundred times not to touch anything or it...More

Date of experience: March 2019
1  Thank Judy C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I cant even imagine the two young men who first came upon this cave and decided to explore it alone. On their bellies, hands and knees, blazing a trail that now is open for all who stop by to see. I was impressed at the...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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Expedition134351
21 January 2019|
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Response from alrightalex | Reviewed this property |
Wheelchair accessible but no walkers or canes allowed. So...
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Arianna C V
9 January 2019|
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Response from 875richarde | Reviewed this property |
No pets, not even comfort pets, in the caverns. Outside, not a problem, but /keep your pet on a short leash/!! Do not let them run off a leash!!! Pulling cactus thorns or mesquite thorns, then cleaning scrapes and jabs is... More
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28 December 2018|
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Response from 875richarde | Reviewed this property |
No - walkers are --not-- permitted. Referring to the Kartchner State Park's list of things not permitted: "Strollers, walkers, crutches" Not listed,if walkers are not permitted, assume the same applies to wheelchairs... More
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