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Kartchner Caverns State Park, Benson

Must see · 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. 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 did the Big Room tour and were wowed! Expected a small cave, but what we got was a space that delivered nearly two hours of fascinating sights. From the visitor center, tram, tour guides and...  more »
  • We were very excited to get the last camp spot for this weekend, and what a beautiful spot it was. We were at the end of a loop, so we had desert on one side of us, and the next camper was far...  more »
  • It’s was our 4th or 5th cavern we have toured over the years. The guide was excellent and informative. It was warm compared to Carlsbad caverns. Have fun  more »
  • 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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