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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 6 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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Cleveland, Ohio
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

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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9 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

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
4 helpful votes 4 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
13 helpful votes 13 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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Los Angeles, California
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

We went with our children (5 and 9) and it was a great experience. Be sure to watch the movie before hand as it lays a good groundwork for the tour. Our tour guide was both informative and funny enough to keep our kids engaged - I was surprised to discover she had only been on the job about six... More

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Atlanta, Georgia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

Kartchner Caverns are living caverns and the state takes special efforts to preserve them. There was a museum, short video, gift shop and cafe in a well maintained building. You take a short tram ride to the entrance of the caverns. The tour itself was not too short nor too long. The tour guide was well informed and interesting. Following... More

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Meridian, Idaho
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49 reviews 49 reviews
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

This is an old cave that was recently discovered. Once discovered the family that owned the land was unsure what to do. Eventually they joined with the State of Arizona to develop the cavern for tours, but only after a lot of research to find out what to do right and what to avoid so the caverns continue to be... More

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Plymouth, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014 via mobile

we stoped buy in june 2014 just in time to do the throne room tour,leave your bags and baggage in your car,a very informative surprising tour,from start to finish ,not difficult and safe, and you are sealed inside this magical place,dont miss it

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New Smyrna Beach, Florida
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32 reviews 32 reviews
10 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

First time visit. The history of the caves discovery was very interesting and was a movie prior to the tour. The tour lasted about 1 1/2 hours and was well escorted by a park ranger. The caves were very interesting and very neat formations. The tour was comfortable along a concrete path..the temperature was in the 70's and the humidity... More

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