Kartchner Caverns State Park, Benson

4.6
#17 of 130 in Nature in Arizona
#Cave, #State Park, #Must See
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 stayed two nights in the campground and took two different tours of the caverns. Staff and volunteers were knowledgeable and fun! Our over-the-phone camping Reservation had been mixed up and the ca...  more »
  • IMHO very expensive. Tours are rushed so not senior friendly. Guide had very soft voice so most of group couldn't hear. I prefer Carl's Bad Cavern tours.  more »
  • This is a unique cavern in that it is probably the most well preserved of any cavern in the world. It was discovered in 1974 and opened just about 25 years ago. 80% of the cavern has never been walked...  more »
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  • Was really impressed with this state park. We rented one of the adorable cabins while family had their camper trailer in the park. Each spot is nestled among mesquite trees with surrounding views of the desert and mountains. Two different bath houses conveniently situated so they're easy to access. The camp hosts we're friendly and it was easy to check- in. The cabins are quaint. Each has a double bed plus four single bunk beds in a back room that can be closed off with a pocket sliding door. Cabin has lots of windows, an ac unit, mini fridge and microwave. Bring your own bedding, linens, cups/plates/etc. No sink or bathroom in the cabins but bath house is just behind the four cabins. Each spot has it's own picnic table and fire pit.
  • We enjoyed our stay at Kartchner Caverns State Park. The sites we're adequately sized and nice. We enjoyed the hiking trail, it's not too long or strenuous for us. The showers we're very nice, clean and heated when cold. There was plenty of hot water under sufficient pressure!
  • We hiked the Foothills Loop Trail (clockwise) with the additional Mountain Viewpoint Spur in about an hour and forty five minutes. We didn't see any animals and only saw a handful of people, as most visitors here are doing the cave tours. We did the big room tour and if ever back in the area we'd visit again and do the throne room tour. Make reservations, this place is great!
  • Stayed at the cabins and had a blast. Cabins are in great condition with a firepit. The views are awesome. Restroom and showers are directly across from them. The camp hosts are great people and maintain the property very well. The trails are fun and exciting to hike. The only complaint I would have is the price for the cavern tours (hence the 4 stars). By far the most expensive we've encountered. In fact it was to expensive for our family so we decided to skip that part which would be our first time skipping out on cavern tours. Overall great place to camp.
  • A very unique place, had a great tour with a very knowledgeable guide. There are multiple options for a tour and would happily return to explore other sections of the cave system. The museum front area was very informative and set expectations on what could be seen, as well as what it took to preserve such a pristine cave system.

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