Colossal Cave Mountain Park, Vail

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#35 of 132 in Museums in Arizona
This desert refuge has sheltered people for over a thousand years. It has been home, shrine, hideout, challenging workplace, exciting playground, tranquil retreat. Today the 2,400-acre Park showcases crystal-filled Colossal Cave and historic La Posta Quemada Ranch.
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  • Dane the tour guide really enhanced the tour with his knowledge and great humor. We were visiting the Sequoia's National Park and happy we saw the sign. A nice variety of souvenirs in the shop and nic...  more »
  • Our visit to Colossal Cave Mountain Park was nice. There were amazing vistas of the hills and saguaros on the outside. Park staff was friendly and helpful. We made it on a standard tour within a half ...  more »
  • First, a comment about the negative reviews. We never saw a petting zoo...don't know how that relates to a cave tour. Second, for the people that were late...a tour is not going to wait for you, be ea...  more »
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  • Made a reservation through their website for the 9 am day ladder tour. There's road construction through town so leave a little early on a weekday. Arrived checked in at the gift shop. Staff is very friendly. We were fitted with helmets with headlamps. Full finger gloves required. It was 100+ outside 70s to maybe 80 inside no jacket required. I was comfortable in shorts and a tank top. The inside of the cave is pretty. There were bats flying around. Neat to see. The tour guide was very knowledgeable and the tour informative. We went up and down a few ladders squeezed through one tight spot. Was not too strenuous or too long. Very much enjoyed the tour.
  • The tour guide named Savannah was very well read on the information surrounding the Colossal Cave and surrounding areas. The tour(which is required to be guided) took around an hour to complete and was great! Word of advice: MAKE A RESERVATION! This place is busier than you may think(we found this out the hard way). The gift shop prices(esp. the stone trinkets) are high, as well as the foodstuffs, but overall the experience was fun and memorable! :)
  • It has been a long time since I have been inside a cave. This one was great. Bill our guide was very informative and knows how to tell a story. He shared the history of the cave and more present day accolades. A great place to be when it is so hot outside, the cave stays at 65 degrees all year round.
  • I chose this cave because Kartchner Caverns would not allow you to photograph or record in the cave due to copyrights (ridiculous). So I decided to visit Colossal Cave instead.. and I was not disappointed​. It is Beautiful! It is a dormant cave, we took the Ladder tour and it was amazing. This cave has damage to it's formations unfortunately because it was not protected many years ago. The new owners are doing a great job of preserving what is left (which is still extremely beautiful and worth the visit). I definitely recommend this place, you must reserve in advance to assure you get a spot on the tour. Dusty inside so be prepared if you have asthma. Staff is friendly, I wish they had more geology information. They went over the subject just a bit but mostly focused on the human history. Definitely returning!!
  • Our family had a blast. Savanna was our tour guide and she was amazing. We also took the 45 minute trail ride and loved it. It was well worth the drive and money. I highly recommend this place.

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