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Kartchner Caverns State Park

Address: Highway 90, 9 miles (14 km) south of Interstate 10, Benson, AZ 85602
Phone Number: 520 586 2283
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Ranked #1 of 8 Attractions in Benson
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Caverns/ Caves, State Parks, Nature & Parks
Activities: Group tours/walking tour, Group tours/day tour, Birdwatching, Hiking
Useful Information: Activities for older children
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Type: Caverns/ Caves, State Parks, Nature & Parks
Activities: Group tours/walking tour, Group tours/day tour, Birdwatching, Hiking
Useful Information: Activities for older children
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Washington, DC
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58 reviews 58 reviews
20 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015 NEW

Unlike other underground caverns (e.g. Carlsbad, Rock City, Luray, etc.), Kartchner is a "living" cave -- water seepage continues to slowly build new, and add to existing, rock formations in an ecosystem largely independent from the man-made world topside. The state of Arizona, and the developers of the attraction, are to be commended for opening the caverns to the public... More 

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Benson, Arizona
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015 NEW

Great natural wonder, worth seeing. I'm sure they have their reasons of being so sterile going into the cave I felt we had to put our surgical garb on.

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Mesa, Arizona
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19 reviews 19 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

We camped in a 5th wheel RV at Kartchner for 2 nights. We enjoyed hiking two different trails that offered beautiful views. One was more challenging but both were well marked & offered a chance for some exercise. The campground was clean & the staff very nice. Hope to visit the caverns on our next visit!

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Rugby, North Dakota
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27 reviews 27 reviews
11 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

we've visited other caves, but non like this. it is an amazing living cavern discovered by two men in1974. the story of their discovery of it and the process of deciding how to share it with the public, but yet keep it in pristine condition is a very amazing story. we had an excellent guide who shared a wealth of... More 

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Maui
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81 reviews 81 reviews
24 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015

We drove down from the Phoenix area to see these caves and it was well worth the drive. Toured bot the Throne Room and the Big Room. If possible go before the Big Room closes for the summer on April 15th or you will miss out on a great tour. AMAZING!

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Utica, New York
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17 reviews 17 reviews
8 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

I'll tell you upfront we did not go into the caverns because we thought they were too expensive. We must be the only ones who think so because the tours were full. We did, however, have a picnic lunch here and then hiked the Loop trail. Be warned: 2.5 miles can take you up to 2 hours to do. It's... More 

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Garland, Texas
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45 reviews 45 reviews
27 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

The formations in these caverns are different from many others (e.g. Carlsbad) in that they are "living"--still forming and very colorful. Of caverns I have visited, this one rates at the very top of the "must see" list. There are two separate tours; we took the "Throne Room" tour, which seems to be favored among those who have taken both.... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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140 reviews 140 reviews
29 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015 via mobile

Did not know anything about this cave till we toured it today. Wow what a gorgeous place! Don't want to say to much about it, cause I don't want to ruin the "wow" factor. Get reservation in advance only 15 people at a time allow in. Cannot believe how well his place is managed by the state park service, they... More 

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Henderson, Nevada
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20 reviews 20 reviews
12 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

Stayed in this park as it was close to other attractions, Nice RV park with wide open spaces that are pretty level. Nice restrooms and trails at all ends of the park. Very quiet at night and the camp hosts were very helpful. Would stay here again. We had a 34 foot motorhome and a car towed behind. The tour... More 

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Yuma, Arizona
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

this is a wonderful tour. We stayed at the adjacent campground and loved the whole experience. What really impressed me was that they made it wheelchair accessible so every one can enjoy this natural wonder.

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