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Kartchner Caverns State Park, Benson

Categories: Caves, State Parks, Nature & Parks
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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. Put Kartchner Caverns State Park at the forefront of your travel plans using our Benson travel itinerary maker.
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  • I LOVE caves. Ever since my parents took me to Carlsbad Caverns when I was about 12 years old, I have been fascinated with caves. I often have daydreamed about finding and exploring hidden passages in...  read more »
  • This was our first cave experience and I must say I was amazed by the openness and cool temperatures!! this is a great tour for first timers. It is absolutely stunning! 
  • Wonderful! I took my 11 yr old and we both loved it! It is awe inspiring. Took the tour and our tour guide was funny and informative. It is a lot of walking and a few stairs. I think in total it is ov...  read more »
  • I was blown away by the Caverns and the RV park! We spent 2 Thanksgivings here and toured the Big Room both times. It is incredible how the massive caverns are underneath the Sonoran, you would never guess. The RV spaces are very spacious and back right up to the beautiful desert preserve - you won't have a bad view anywhere here. The mountains behind the park are gorgeous and sunrises and sunsets never disappoint. The facilities are modern and clean. Very quiet here, very peaceful, definitely one of my favorite spots to spend a long weekend.
  • The caves were phenomenal to see. We had an amazing guide, Jennifer. She was very informed and also described it in very simplistic terms. I will be back to see the other cave as well! Very cool history and geology.
  • This is the most well-preserved, live cavern I've ever visited. The staff are friendly, knowledgeable, and personally dedicated to keeping the park and cavern beautiful and accessible. They offer a cafe, museum, picnic areas, and a moderately difficult hiking trail that connects with national forest land. No cameras in the cavern due to unruly people causing problems in the past, but it's well worth the trip.
  • I went with my Boyfriend, daughter and 2 young grandkids (age 5 and 7) it was SO AMAZING!, None of us had ever been on any other cave or cavern tours. The formations were spectacular! The work that went into preserving this previous environment was phenomenal. We felt like we were in another world. Can't wait to go back and forth the Big Room Tour!
  • Hidden gem of southern AZ. Living caverns. Beautiful formations. Rotunda throne room open year round and big room open October 15th to April 15th
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