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Kartchner Caverns State Park, Benson

(4.5/5 based on 1,100+ reviews on the web)
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 have always loved caves and enjoyed touring in them, but this is the first one that was big enough to walk around in at all times. The only thing that I didn't like was the rule against taking pictu...  more »
  • Kartchner Caverns aren't the biggest caves around, but they're the best in AZ and so interesting. The large variety of formations was amazing. We took the Big Room tour where the bats nest during the ...  more »
  • This had been on my list of places to visit . It was above my expections. Very nice and great park guides. It was nice to see how they are protecting the cave. 
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  • 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.
  • Love this park. We have camped here twice, and it is great. Have toured both room at the caverns and the guides are really knowledgeable.
  • Beautiful once in a life time experience. Only disappointment was when I arrived I was informed I couldn't bring my camera in to take photos. The photos help with the memories. Other than this, the place was outstanding!
  • Well worth every moment spent there. Don't cut your visit short and think you can spend an hour or two and be out of there. Take the time to see the movie, walk thru the displays and historical information, and obviously go on one of the tours. We did the Rotunda/Throne tour. Tour guides were friendly and informative. Their demeanor made the experience both fun and educational at the same time. Would definitely return again. Note: If you have younger "active" children (you know whether your kids are the type that I'm talking about here), then this might not be the best experience for you or them, as there are many things that can be damaged by random human contact/running/etc. For all but the best of the well-behaved kids of say at least ten years of age or more, your best bet for both you and them is to find another activity until they are older and can appreciate this place for what it is. Overactive kids will probably find this place interesting...but only for the first ten minutes of your 1.5 hour walk. Consider this advice from someone who has both raised and taught children for several years. Naturally, there are exceptions to every "rule," but in most cases, save them (and YOU) the stress.
  • This place is a must see. The guide is awesome and you learn alot of information. Also a Sloth lived in there , cool story about it. The forms inside are Amazing and mind blowing.