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Kartchner Caverns State Park

Highway 90, 9 miles (14 km) south of Interstate 10, Benson, AZ 85602
520 586 2283
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Ranked #1 of 7 attractions in Benson
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Caverns/ Caves, State Parks
Activities: Group tours/walking tour, Group tours/day tour, Birdwatching, Hiking
Useful Information: Activities for older children
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Phoenix, Arizona
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23 reviews 23 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

I'm a retired tour guide and this is one of the most outstanding places to visit anywhere. It's a long story and found recently and very few people have viewed it. It's a long complete underground naturally formed. It has had doors installed at each end so air can't destroy it. It's an easy guided tour that you will never... More

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Barcelona
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

The caves are pretty neat on their own, but these people act like they're selling you tickets to the Taj Mahal. The tickets are $23 each for a 1.5 hour tour, and they get snippy with you if you don't show up an hour early--even when the tour isn't full. No cameras, cell phones, or bags of any sort are... More

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Tucson, Arizona
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

Whether it's to tour the incredible caves, watch the short video showing the journey from obscure cave to major tourist destination, stay at the campground with its gorgeous views and outstanding hosts, enjoy the unusual food in the Bat Cave Restaurant, or find nicely made gifts and much more in the visitor center, this park has it all. Camped there... More

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Denver
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30 reviews 30 reviews
9 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

The limestone caverns were only recently discovered in 1978. It is well worth the drive to visit them.

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Tucson, Arizona
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154 reviews 154 reviews
41 attraction reviews
80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

If you're not particularly interested in entering a cave and if you've already toured the museum and exhibits the way we have, you can still stop at the Bat Cave Restarurant and the museum gift shop every time you're passing by on I-10. I think of it as a good opportunity to stock up on postcards, T-shirts, books, videos, and... More

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Cleveland, Ohio
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

Fascinating experience. Walking through a living cave and seeing all the beauty that nature offers. If you in that area of Arizona it it a must. Make reservations early.

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Frisco, Texas
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20 reviews 20 reviews
9 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

This is by far one of the best physical caverns I've seen, and absolutely one of the best tours ever. Parking is easy, previsit is casual, and they Will let you go on an earlier tour is space is available. The 2 guides we had (Cindy and Bob) were amazingly informed, and answered every question easily. If you're in the... More

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San Diego, California
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

My three boys (ages 5, 7, 8) enjoyed this cave tour very much, as did my husband and I. My kids are mellow, so walking in the cave for 45+ minutes was an easy undertaking. If your kids are rambunctious, you may want to wait until they are older because you wouldn't want to spoil the tour for other patrons.... More

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Yuma, Arizona
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

Just a short drive from Sierra Vista. Parking was plentiful and the gift shop and museum area was very informative. The "Big" Cavern was not open during our visit. We toured the "Throne Room" Cavern. Thought that the price was a bit steep ($23 per person). The tour was nice and informative and the sights inside the cavern were spectacular.... More

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Austin, Texas
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13 reviews 13 reviews
3 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

Thoroughly enjoyed the visit to see the "Throne Room." We arrived very early since we hadn't planned on the time change between Texas and Benson, AZ. The staff were great. They rescheduled us for an earlier tour. Take the time to watch the 15 minute video since it will set the mood. The caverns were lovely. Breathtaking. The tour lasted... More

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