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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, Outdoors
Activities: Group tours/walking tour, Group tours/day tour, Birdwatching, Hiking
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Clovis, California
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32 reviews 32 reviews
12 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014 NEW

This cave is amazing! Not only is the cave itself wonderful, but the entire facility is fantastic. The groups are small enough that you get a personal tour from the volunteers. The State has done an excellent job of preparing the cave for the public and preserving it for all to share!

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Oxnard, California
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33 reviews 33 reviews
9 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014 NEW

This is a great place to stop if you're driving through Arizona on Interstate 10. Tombstone is just down the road...so you can hit two attactions in the same day! This park is relatively new in terms of Arizona State Parks. You can even camp here if you're so inclined...full hook ups for those of you that like camping in... More

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San Diego, California
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014 NEW

An incredible experience for all! I recommend doing both tours if you have the time as they are completely different. I would also encourage you to do the Big Room first and the Throne room second, keeping in mind the big room is only open part of the year. Wear comfortable shoes and remember that even if it's cold outside... More

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Prescott, Arizona
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5 reviews 5 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

The most amazing caverns I have ever seen. It stretches the mind to try to comprehend how the beautiful colors and formations came to be.

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Santa Cruz, California
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126 reviews 126 reviews
14 attraction reviews
85 helpful votes 85 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

The state of AZ spent a huge amount of money, time & effort to preserve these caverns in their natural state & to keep them alive. The fascinating formations are glistening & still growing, maintained at optimum temperature & humidity to keep them that way. Tours are expensive & very regimented to reduce human impact, & ~ tho you can... More

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Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania
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84 reviews 84 reviews
26 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

These caverns are gorgeous - there are 2 different tours you can take and advance reservations are highly recommended (you can do this online). They limit the number of people each day to control the environment inside the caves. The tours are very informative, lively, and the various views inside the cavers are awe inspiring. You can take someone in... More

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Tucson
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21 reviews 21 reviews
5 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

We recently returned to see the Big Room - wonderful tour and absolutely beautiful cave! Everyone who is in Southern Arizona should visit the Caverns.

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Surprise, AZ
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106 reviews 106 reviews
18 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

This state park is a hidden gem! We toured both caverns, plus watched the introductory movie before. At certain times of the year you can only visit one of the caverns because the bats are giving birth and tending their young. In either case, you should make reservations ahead of time because space is limited and strictly controlled. These are... More

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Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
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62 reviews 62 reviews
40 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

If you are able to do the walking, and you have the time, do both tours, so you don't worry that you missed something you will probably never see again. This is an amazing site that everyone should see. No photos, no bags or purses, no water bottles. They are VERY serious about maintaining this living cavern, and not despoiling... More

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Cartago, Costa Rica
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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

i been to many caverns in my lifetime. kartchner caverns is rated a c in my book. i never been to a cavern before where you could not visit the whole cavern. such a nickle and dime operation. you have to make reservation either by phone or on-line. you must know your schedule time on your vacation to visit. you... More

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