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Kartchner Caverns State Park

2980 S Hwy 90, 9 miles south of Interstate 10, Benson, AZ 85602
+1 520-586-2283
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Live Stalactites

This cavern is well preserved and continues to grow its stalactites and stalagmites. Amazing... read more

Reviewed yesterday
JaxCA
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Napa Valley
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Such a Surprise!!!

We have explored caves all over the world and honestly had never heard of Kartchner Caverns. This... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Tracey B
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Plainfield, Illinois, United States
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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 when they told the property owners, James and Lois Kartchner, about their awesome discovery. Since unprotected caves can be seriously damaged by unregulated use, they knew the cave had to be protected. Tenen and Tufts spent several years looking into the possibility of developing the cave themselves. Some members of the Kartchner family lived in Tucson and were very impressed with the development and operation of Catalina State Park by Arizona State Parks. They decided to approach State Parks to see if the agency was interested in acquiring this outstanding resource
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“big room” (167 reviews)
“throne room” (121 reviews)
“cave tour” (66 reviews)
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2980 S Hwy 90, 9 miles south of Interstate 10, Benson, AZ 85602
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

This cavern is well preserved and continues to grow its stalactites and stalagmites. Amazing formations.

Thank JaxCA
Reviewed 2 days ago

We have explored caves all over the world and honestly had never heard of Kartchner Caverns. This was such a welcome surprise! Do not let the warnings about the humidity and heat inside the cave keep you away: it is NOT "like Florida" inside, despite...More

Thank Tracey B
Reviewed 5 days ago

extra ordinary . don't miss it, go deep into billion of past years, so the how the untouched world of nature.

Thank khalid4kac
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We had some time before checking into our hotel in Tucson so we called ahead and booked a tour at the Kartchner Caverns. We toured the rotunda and the throne rooms. The effort put into preserving the site is fantastic. The guides were very good...More

Thank David_S6627
Reviewed 1 week ago

Sorry USA news, I don't agree, it is NOT the best cave in America. But it is pretty darn good. I was annoyed I was not allowed to take pictures, even those without a flash. If you want pictures with a professional photographer, you have...More

Thank travelwriter52
Reviewed 1 week ago

While my family says the tour that is open year round is stunning, if possible, take the Big Room tour which is only open when the bats have gone--October to March usually. If you've visited their website, you have a preview of whats in store--flowstone,...More

1  Thank gypsykitten
Reviewed 1 week ago

This tour was amazing. The cavern is a must do. I can't believe we had not done sooner. Staff was amazing and very knowledgable from check in to tour guides tram driverfront gate so friendly.

Thank Robert M
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We have stayed in some state parks having RV camping facilities. This one was the best we have ever seen. The park is well laid out, easy access paved roads and large sites. Free Wi-fi. The park itself and rest rooms were super clean. Wonderful...More

Thank christopherM8134MB
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great tour. Very informative, and unbelievably beautiful. Brought along a picnic lunch which was enjoyable before going on the tour. Highly recommend!

Thank JoAnn M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very nice cave and certainly an easy one to visit. Paved walkways - easy to navigate. Tour guides are very good.

Thank rhs74
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Foodie1083
12 November 2017|
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Response from Localgirl252 | Reviewed this property |
Yes they do.
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sara111918
28 October 2017|
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Response from rwaynehar2016 | Reviewed this property |
I don't believe so but we did see a service dog with a special needs person in the group behind us. I also saw a person with a dog on leash in the picnic area. I would call ahead to find out.
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sara111918
12 June 2017|
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Response from Patrick E | Reviewed this property |
My family and I RV camped at the park. The RV campsites are a two minute walk to the cave museum. So, YES, you can RV camp.
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