Kartchner Caverns State Park, Benson

4.7
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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  • Kartchner Caverns State Park is located about halfway between Benson, AZ and Sierra Vista, AZ. There is a $7 per car entry fee for the State Park. On this trip we hiked the Foothills Loop trail which....  more »
  • Unfortunately because of the Covid-19 the caverns were closed. Good camping spaced and a lot of openings.  more »
  • The Kartchner Caverns are a "must see" attraction in southern Arizona. There are two tours to choose from, and both are truly awesome. The cave has been developed with a concrete path for the...  more »
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  • This was my first visit in the caverns and I was not disappointed. That fact that they are so diligent in keeping the cavern pristine really impressed me. Also seeing the fact that the walkway inside the cavern is wheelchair friendly was amazing. Remember you can not carry anything inside so they offer lockers for you to use. The visitors center is beautiful and the rangers are very knowlwdgable and friendly. All I can say about the cavern is you have to see it to understand the beauty of it. Mother nature is pretty talented at building these magnificent caverns.
  • The caves are remarkable. My tour guide (Ranger Kyle) answered all my questions and kept the tour entertaining. I'd recommend the caves to anyone. Their facilities are really nice and there are several hiking opportunities available.
  • This is a great tour! Well worth it. The ranger we had on our tour, Rich, I think, was very knowledgeable and funny. The caves are so cool. We did the Rotunda-Throne tour because the Big Room is closed right now for the bats from about April-October.
  • Having been to other caverns, I can say this one is particularly unique. While other parks focus on tourism in their facility? Kartchner caverns emphasizes sustainability and maintaining their caverns as naturally as possible, while still making them very accessible for everyone. If you have a chance, go and experience this unique phenomenon of nature
  • We did the head lamp cave tour last night. It was phenomenal. Got to see a lot of the formations and really had time to enjoy it. The only lighting was our headlamps!! Highly recommend it.

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