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Kartchner Caverns State Park
Ranked #2 of 18 things to do in Benson
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: 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
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Wheelchair access, Activities for young children, Activities for older children
Reviewed 16 November 2017

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

Thank khalid4kac
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Reviewed 15 November 2017 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 and the overall experience was fantastic. This tour is easily accessible for people who have mobility issues. It is a very easy walk and the things to see are great. It’s out there but worth the trip.

Thank David_S6627
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Reviewed 13 November 2017

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 to pay 125.00 AND agree not to post them on social media. That being said, it is a good tour, where I saw formations I had not seen before and some that were excellent but common. I went on the Rotunda tour. It is designed to allow people in wheelchairs, though I suspect it would not be easy to push the entire route. The museum is informative but small. You are not allowed to take ANYTHING into the cave. If you want to go, best to reserve on line. They sell out fast. But don't go too early. There isn't much else to do. The entrance fee of 7.00 is waived if you have a reservation for the tour.

1  Thank travelwriter52
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Reviewed 13 November 2017

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, soda straws, "cave bacon"--the room isn't "big" as in "open" but big in formations. As this is first and formost home for their bats, you will have to leave cameras, purses, etc in your car or their lockers. As it is a living, warm cave, jackets aren't needed. While you won't even notice, a section of the entranceway will mist you to keep lint from entering the cave. Do go!

3  Thank gypsykitten
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Reviewed 13 November 2017

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
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