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Colossal Cave Mountain Park

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Address: 16721 E Old Spanish Trl, Vail, AZ 85641-6732
Phone Number: 15206477275
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This desert refuge has sheltered people for over a thousand years. It has...

This desert refuge has sheltered people for over a thousand years. It has been home, shrine, hideout, challenging workplace, exciting playground, tranquil retreat. On the National Historic Register, the 2,400-acre Park showcases crystal-filled Colossal Cave and historic La Posta Quemada Ranch. Cave tours, museum, Western trail rides, picnicking. Open daily

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Neat cave experience

This was a neat cave experience. It stays a nice temperature down in the cave. The tour guide shared tons of information. There was a lot of constant stopping throughout our cave... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
Erin H
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Peoria, United States
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25 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The cave is old and dusty, It has limited stalactites and stalagmites since the cave is a dry cave. Given a choice, go to Kartchner. Guide was informative.

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Florida
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10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I love caves and have seen my fair share of great ones and bad ones. This one was really nice, had some unique features. It is the only one I have been to (so far) in the western US. Definitely recommend it

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Santa Rosa, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Cool Cave, Great guide. Had lunch looking overlooking the valley. Food OK but had the best table in Arizona. Nice Gift Shop. The Ladder tour was just 6 people and a guide. Perfect!

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7 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This was a neat cave experience. It stays a nice temperature down in the cave. The tour guide shared tons of information. There was a lot of constant stopping throughout our cave tour as he talked and explained everything. The tour sizes are limited, and do fill up, so get there early before your desired tour time. The actually tour... More 

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Thank Erin H
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4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Escaped the heat into a well lit and easily navigated cave tour. Our guide was able to weave geology and history into a fun and insightful tour. My two girls (ages 9 and 11) thought this was one of the highlights of our Arizona trip.

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Thank David R
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We didn't tour the cave, we went straight to the ranch after a detour through the parks camping site. If you have a truck, definitely drive through! My 4 yr old loved it. I feel like my wife and i loved the petting zoo a little more than he did..it was his first time on a horse and the people... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

I remember visiting this cave a few times when I was younger with family and thinking it was so cool. Now, it is even better because I know they have adventure tours! I was in Tucson running an errand with the bf so we took a last minute stop at the cave & had blast. We have already made plans... More 

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Fort Worth, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2016 via mobile

We are visiting from Texas and it was a great getaway from the Phoenix heat, our children loved it and the better experience came from the trail ride right in this same area... As you are leaving the park turn left to the "picnic area" and follow the signs ... It was a hidden gem, prices are perfect.. Horseback riding... More 

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Tucson, Arizona, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2016

We really enjoyed our visit to the Cave. We had a great tour guide who was very knowledgeable and could answer most all questions asked. The buildings are very old but they were clean and seemed in decent repair. The drive from Interstate 10 took about 15 - 20 minutes on both good highway and some old narrow, pot-holey and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2016 via mobile

We had a great experience trail riding. We had the hour long ride for very reasonable rates. Joyce was our guide and she is an expert horsewoman and was very knowledgeable about the archeology/geology/history of the area. She perfectly matched us with beautiful horses for my 8 yo daughter(Molly an older calm mare) and myself(PacMan a big, strong guy, as... More 

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