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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  • We have toured several caverns but this was the first truly 'living cave' tour and it was so exceptional! We took both the regular cavern tour and the Throne Room tour and glad we did both...they go t...  more »
  • What a great place to camp. We had a small rv and there was plenty of room to park for all sizes. Nice amount of room between sites with low trees and cactus to seperate the sites. Good for tents too....  more »
  • I've now been to this state park three times. Each time I am more impressed. Kartchner Caverns are one of the best preserved and best presented caves I've toured. This cave was saved from the kind of ...  more »
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  • Had to visit Sierra Vista for work and stopped at the caverns on the way home because I had extra time. Did the rotunda tour, it was great and very interesting but I felt like it did not live up to the hype I've heard from lots of people. the tour and whole experience was a lot shorter than I thought it would be. I would definitely recommend visiting though because the information was interesting.
  • 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 spot on a summer trip as well.
  • What's not to love? Caves, history, beauty, knowledge guides, and a piece of the world you don't often get to see. This is a must see for sure and our kids absolutely loved it. Be careful with children under 5 as they are not allowed to touch the cavern walls which might turn your experience into a headache.
  • We brought our grand children as we wanted them to know the beauty and importance of this natural treasure. They were both entertained and informed. It is an American/ Arizona best. We only took one of the tours. I would return another time to see the second half.
  • Just amazing. No way to describe. Incredible story of protection and preservation of a fantastic geologic discovery. Tour guides are so friendly and will answer any questions. Don't miss this place
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