Spoiled by being early visitors to the pristine Kartchner Caverns in Arizona, we expected little from this trip because it isn't overly hyped. What we got, however, was an outstanding experience in two very beautiful caverns. Caveats first: you need a car to get there unless you are on a tour. It's about 25 miles out from the Riverwalk. You need to be physically capable of a steep climb - down and up - in humid conditions. That said, it is a great experience for the money and you should plan to do both the caverns - the Discovery Tour and the Hidden Caverns - as they are different and both amazing. It would take about 5 hours to do both. The caverns are very much alive and being carefully maintained. There are sealed entrances to both and they are dripping and moist with astounding numbers of soda straws, fried eggs, draperies, popcorn, bacon, stalagmites, stalactites, cavern lakes, rivers that sparkle..and more. Both of our guides were knowledgable, friendly and entertaining but the formations are so amazing that we couldn't take our eyes away. There is a decent snack bar and a nice little gift shop while you wait. A must do for cavern-lovers.
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