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Kartchner Caverns State Park, Benson

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Cave State Park
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. Put Kartchner Caverns State Park at the forefront of your travel plans using our Benson travel itinerary maker.
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  • We stopped in at the Kartchner Caverns because we'd heard they were impressive in size and the fact they were unspoiled. I'm not a huge cave person and worried that I would feel claustrophobic about b...  more »
  • Got the wife to camp. She is now hooked. We tried out the cabins. It was quite enjoyable. It is a good launching point for Tombstone and the surrounding area.  more »
  • I'm a native Arizonan and I finally got around to seeing this beautiful cave yesterday. I've only visited one other cave which wasn't a living cave so this was really neat and educational. Rachel was ...  more »
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  • As a traveler, I visit places for their beauty and for the memories. I share my experiences on my travel blog/social media page, as to recommend places and to inspire the traveling community to visit the places I go. Unfortunately, this place does not allow cameras or video inside the caves. They told me it was because of copyrights and posting to social media is absolutely forbidden. You have to sign a legal agreement, which is ridiculous because even Carlsbad caverns lets you record/photograph and it's an opportunity for them to advertise their park. Fortunately, not far from there was Colossal Cave, it's a dormant cave but it was beautiful AND you may record and photograph all you want. Shared my experience to the traveling community, so they don't waste their time or money. It's 2017, People want to share their experiences.
  • Had a fabulous experience here! Took an out-of-town friend and my 3 little kids. We stayed in one of the cabins and it was great! Super clean, obviously new and in great shape. Layout was awesome and right across from the community showers and bathrooms. The view at sunset was gorgeous, nice big picnic table out front to hang out around. Beds were comfortable, and we were able to jump on a cavern tour at 8:40 am despite not being able to make reservations online ahead of time (I didn't realize they sold out several weeks ahead). We just had to inquire up front the morning of. Kids loved the discovery center as well as the rotunda/throne tour. Just sad we missed the playground that looks like it will be built this year. That would've been the icing on the cake! Awesome experience!
  • If you are a fan of geology and rock formations, this is definitely for you! Our guide did a great job of adding humor into the technical explanations. However, nothing can prepare you for the sheer magnitude of Kubla Khan. The light show is respectful and appropriate while brilliantly showing off the size of this massive column.
  • A truly unique Arizona experience! I'm a big fan of this park. The cave is amazing and has a fascinating story. It would be a good stop just to explore the Discovery Center, but a cave tour is a must if you have time. The park also has camping and some great trails. It's almost a mile high and is cooler than the Phoenix area, so it can be a good for a summer trip as well.
  • Such a great set up for many people to enjoy the Caverns without risking damaging the caves. We enjoyed learning about the discovery of the caves, along with going on the tour of the Rotunda room and seeing the magnificent Kubla Khan. I recommend for people traveling with older children. Not really for younger kids.