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Kartchner Caverns State Park, Benson

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At Kartchner Caverns State Park, you'll discover a 3.9 km (2.4 mi) long limestone cave, with formations that have accumulated for over 50,000 years. The cave is known for some of the world's longest "soda straw" stalactites, an 18 m (58 ft) tall column, and a room with the world's most extensive formation of moonmilk--a white and creamy cave substance. Visit the 2,100 sq m (23,000 sq ft) visitor center, where you'll hear about the geology, the bat population, and the paleontology of these caverns. There are picnic places and camp sites in the area. Check at the visitor center to be sure the caves are open--at certain times during summer the caverns are closed because bats colonize them. It couldn't be easier to arrange your visit to Kartchner Caverns State Park and many more Benson attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's Benson trip planning website.
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  • The reception building is nearly interesting as the cavern. I loved the architecture of the building. You take a tram ride to the cavern then a tour guide leads you through. The guide was very... 
    The reception building is nearly interesting as the cavern. I loved the architecture of the building. You take a tram ride to the cavern then a tour guide leads you through. The guide was very...  more »
  • I get that staff get tired of people, but my experience was beyond bad. I made and of course paid for the reservations about 6 months ahead. I have IBS and do a great job of keeping myself from... 
    I get that staff get tired of people, but my experience was beyond bad. I made and of course paid for the reservations about 6 months ahead. I have IBS and do a great job of keeping myself from...  more »
  • We did both cave tours. I think the best was the Big Room as it is more spectacular. We have visited several other caves in many countries and while it is not at the level of many European caves it....  more
    We did both cave tours. I think the best was the Big Room as it is more spectacular. We have visited several other caves in many countries and while it is not at the level of many European caves it....  more »
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  • This is a State Park that has 2 living caves. They run tours daily and fill up fast. It is wheel chair accessible. The tours are well organized and last around 1 1/2 hours with about an hour in the cave. Walkways are all flat with handrails throughout. No cameras are allowed, but you can arrange private tours $$$ that allow photos. It's pretty cool to see all the living rock formations. Worth the trip Reserve tickets in advance online.
  • This is hands down one of the most incredible parks and overall experiences I've ever had. The execution on the public facing side of the tours was so well coordinated and accessible it is hard to even believe. I brought my two kids who are both little and they had no problem with the whole tour. The guides, the shuttle up to the cave, the pathways and walkways, I mean seriously absolute accolades to the staff and those who developed and created this park. This is a model attraction not just for Arizona but for the entire national park system. I know there aren't many pictures of the tour due to restrictions on cameras, but not only can pictures not do these caves Justice but the surprises that a way make this quite a hidden gem for Arizona
  • So very interesting. Staff is very friendly and willing to help. Loved the place and know we will return The big map is short one additional cave. Everyone should go to Lewis and Clark Caverns in Montana. There are also many other other interesting to see throughout the state. LEWIS AND CLARK CAVERNS.
  • This is one hell of a magical place. Nature is amazing. This state park is a must see for all ages. The staff and volunteers were amazing and of course we love the way they take pride and care on preservation of this natural wonder. We can't wait to go back and do the Rotunda Tour.
  • Great experience seeing the amazing active caverns. The size and scope of the various rooms in the caverns is definitely impressive. The caverns were built to be accessible by all and a very good paved path makes it accessible to everyone even in a wheel chair or scooter. Can't wait to go back and see more as soon as possible!

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