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Kartchner Caverns State Park

Open Now: 09:00 - 17:00
Open today: 09:00 - 17:00
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Very well managed

You need to make a reservation in advance as the tours are in groups of a specific number. The... read more

Reviewed 23 July 2018
Phoenix, Arizona
Outstanding Preservation of a Wet Cave

Kartchner is a magnificent opportunity to view a cave which places nature first. While not nearly... read more

Reviewed 20 July 2018
Ocala, FL
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  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“big room”(192 reviews)
“throne room”(132 reviews)
“cave tour”(74 reviews)
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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Suggested duration: More than 3 hours
2980 S Hwy 90, 9 miles south of Interstate 10, Benson, AZ 85602
+1 520-586-2283
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Reviewed 23 July 2018

You need to make a reservation in advance as the tours are in groups of a specific number. The guides are very knowledgable and make sure all your questions are answered. I give this cave a four because we have been two Carlsbad Caverns, the...More

Thank jprem295
Reviewed 20 July 2018

Kartchner is a magnificent opportunity to view a cave which places nature first. While not nearly as large as Carlsbad or Mammoth, it has truly impressive features. The huge column (Kubla Khan) & incredibly long soda straw formation should blow any cave enthusiast away. Those...More

1  Thank PhilK58
Reviewed 15 July 2018

This is a very interesting place with the opportunity to learn a little on how the earth has formed, evolved, and changed geologically. There are three caverns/rooms, depending on time of year you may not be able to enter all three due to bats occupying...More

Thank Batdog62
Reviewed 9 July 2018

We purchased our tickets ahead of time which was great because they were sold out. It's a warm cave so you don't need a jacket or cover up. Make sure you wear sturdy shoes so you can safely walk the cave trails which can be...More

1  Thank JenEricTravelers
Reviewed 8 July 2018 via mobile

This tour is like walking through a dream! The setup of the path really gives you the best views. Our guide was funny and informative. Very fair price for what you get to experience.

Thank Kitty M
Reviewed 26 June 2018

Great tour. Certain times of year one area cannot be toured as bats nurse their young and it is blocked off. If you have small children it is a challenge. Once inside if they misbehave or cry your stuck and your ruining it for everyone....More

1  Thank kelfos1971
Reviewed 24 June 2018

We have been to some beautiful caves all over Indiana and Kentucky and Kartchner easliy ranks in the top 5 caves we been to

Thank Julie D
Reviewed 17 June 2018 via mobile

Awe-inspiring and a must- see! Fantastic tour by Ranger Star. So glad this living, natural wonder is responsibly being shared and preserved. Excellent job and can’t recommend enough. Will be back!

Thank KristenB
Reviewed 13 June 2018

Wow never thought I would enjoy this tour so much. The natural happenings in the cave and history was amazing. Our guide was so informative and made the tour fun, funny and very educational.

Thank lmeK4771CT
Reviewed 13 June 2018

We toured the big room in early April and even though we had heard about it from others and read about it, we were still blown away by the size and beauty. Very interesting and educational - our 12 yo and 14 yo both loved...More

1  Thank aimster71
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Richard H
13 June 2018|
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Response from Quetzel55 | Reviewed this property |
There are two different 1.5 hour tours: the Rotunda/Throne tour and the Big Room Tour. Each 1.5 hour tour is $23 per adult; $13 per child. There is also a park entrance fee of $7 per car.
28 December 2017|
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Response from Jennifer E | Reviewed this property |
Yes they do.