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Kartchner Caverns State Park

2980 S Hwy 90, 9 miles (14 km) south of Interstate 10, Benson, AZ 85602
+1 520-586-2283
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This place is amazing!

We went to Kartchner Caverns over the weekend. Wow this place is amazing! I can't believe how... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Karen M
Phoenix, Arizona
Kartchner Caverns

I took my parents to the Caverns in June and the had a special $3 off admission deal for the... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Sarah E
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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 (14 km) south of Interstate 10, Benson, AZ 85602
+1 520-586-2283
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Reviewed 3 days ago

We went to Kartchner Caverns over the weekend. Wow this place is amazing! I can't believe how beautiful the inside of a cave can be. The cave is a living cave which means it is still growing. They have taken painstaking steps to make sure...More

Thank Karen M
Reviewed 3 days ago

I took my parents to the Caverns in June and the had a special $3 off admission deal for the summer. I would recommend getting there early in the morning to beat the heat. Staff was friendly and even though our tour was scheduled for...More

Thank Sarah E
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We have been to caves before, here and abroad... But we were not prepared for the steps they have gone to.. To keep the cave as pristine as the day it was discovered.. If you are in SE AZ you should check it out.... Just...More

Thank thairadio
Reviewed 6 days ago

We were trying out the new RV over the 4th of July weekend and decided this was a few hours from the Phoenix area, so we'd head to Benson and Tombstone area to explore. Buy your tickets for the tour in advance, don't just show...More

Thank Terri F
Reviewed 6 days ago

Best attraction in Arizona! Terrific guided tour. As good or better than Carlsbad Cavers, NM. History of the caverns was interesting. Lighting and music were fabulous! Don't miss this!

Thank DeaconJack
Reviewed 1 week ago

We were not able to drive all the way to Carlsbad Caverns so we found Kartchner Caverns and decided to give that a try instead. It was well worth it. It was not busy at the time we went which made the tour seem very...More

Thank Jraoe
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Kartchner Caverns are located within the Kartchner Caverns State Park. There is a $7 entry fee and the Cavern Tour is $23 for adults. A key park of the Caverns is the story of its discovery and path to becoming a state park. View...More

Thank lovetotravel92630
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My wife and I took our 3 and 5 year old. They were slightly impatient as kids are, but overall they enjoyed it. The cave is 100% humidity! That was a surprise. Kuala Khan at the end if the tour is really great to see.

Thank Jake M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Had a great time at the Karchner caverns was not allowed to take pictures though that would probably be the only downfall to the trip. lots of history and our tour guide was very knowledgeable

Thank VikFam
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Maybe not the best or biggest cave, but by far the most informative tour we've had. Carlsbad Caverns may have been more awe inspiring but our tour guide here did a fantastic job and the preservation techniques here were amazing. Great trip!

Thank Dan P
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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.
Pete W
12 May 2017|
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Response from Patrick E | Reviewed this property |
I concur with the previous answer: In the park and at the campground, a dog on a leash will be okay. Inside the Discovery center, I doubt it. And I seriously doubt a dog will be allowed in the caves unless it is a service... More
Catherine C
26 April 2017|
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Response from ArizonaStateParks | Property representative |
Catherine, The bats don't come or go "en mass" at any particular time, more in smaller groups at various times. Being dark, you wouldn't necessarily be able to see a lot of them, unless you were standing right over the main... More