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Kartchner Caverns State Park

2980 S Hwy 90, 9 miles south of Interstate 10, Benson, AZ 85602
+1 520-586-2283
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No longer hard to get into.

Years ago when this opened, reservations were needed months in advance. We were driving by and... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Burien, Washington
Big Room Tour is Amazing

My husband and I took the Big Room tour at Kartchner Caverns and found the tour to be informative... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Cathy M
Campbell River, Canada
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In November 1974, Gary Tenen and Randy Tufts were exploring the limestone hills at the eastern base of the Whetstone Mountains. They were looking “for a cave no one had ever found” and found it. The two kept the cave a secret until February 1978 when they told the property owners, James and Lois Kartchner, about their awesome discovery. Since unprotected caves can be seriously damaged by unregulated use, they knew the cave had to be protected. Tenen and Tufts spent several years looking into the possibility of developing the cave themselves. Some members of the Kartchner family lived in Tucson and were very impressed with the development and operation of Catalina State Park by Arizona State Parks. They decided to approach State Parks to see if the agency was interested in acquiring this outstanding resource
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2980 S Hwy 90, 9 miles south of Interstate 10, Benson, AZ 85602
+1 520-586-2283
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Years ago when this opened, reservations were needed months in advance. We were driving by and stopped. We were told we could get tours immediately. Very well preserved. Big doors like a commercial freezer holding in the moisture. Must go with a group, but reasonable...More

Thank Angeles
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

My husband and I took the Big Room tour at Kartchner Caverns and found the tour to be informative and awe inspiring. Our guide was extremely knowledgeable and accommodating, encouraging questions and observations from our group of six people. By going to the caverns a...More

Thank Cathy M
Reviewed 5 days ago

The Big Room at Karchner Caverns is a good tour for those interested in the movement of bats, formation of rocks and finds inside the caves. It's amazing the work was done so tours could be made and how the rocks were cut to preserve...More

Thank 214barryh
Reviewed 1 week ago

The Kartchner caverns are a bit out of the way, but worth the drive. Not only is the landscape around Benson wonderful, but you are steadily climbing in altitude and the scenery changes and the mountains look a bit different than around Phoenix or Tucson....More

Thank Berniejank
Reviewed 1 week ago

Living, growing (although slowly over thousands of years) cave, beautifully protected and accessible to all. One of the best cave experiences I have had any where in the world.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

A fabulous, breathtaking experience. A wonderful story of adventure and mystery, in fact spiritual. Highly recommend.

Thank Brit_ChicAZ
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We visited Kartchner Caverns with our two teenage kids and my parents. The cave tour was informative and we had a very energetic and informative ranger as our guide. She clearly knew a lot about the caves and the site history. The Caverns are well...More

Thank Heather T
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I've been going into caves for 40 years, and I'd heard a lot about Kartchner from people involved in it's development, but hadn't visited until today. In my opinion, this is the most carefully developed cave I've seen. Everything was done right. That's reason enough...More

Thank Traveler_from_Alaska
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This cavern is well preserved and continues to grow its stalactites and stalagmites. Amazing formations.

Thank JaxCA
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We have explored caves all over the world and honestly had never heard of Kartchner Caverns. This was such a welcome surprise! Do not let the warnings about the humidity and heat inside the cave keep you away: it is NOT "like Florida" inside, despite...More

Thank Tracey B
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12 November 2017|
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Response from Localgirl252 | Reviewed this property |
Yes they do.
29 October 2017|
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Response from rwaynehar2016 | Reviewed this property |
I don't believe so but we did see a service dog with a special needs person in the group behind us. I also saw a person with a dog on leash in the picnic area. I would call ahead to find out.
13 June 2017|
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Response from Patrick E | Reviewed this property |
My family and I RV camped at the park. The RV campsites are a two minute walk to the cave museum. So, YES, you can RV camp.