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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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Beautiful park with many options for activities, nice campground.

The visitor center has interesting exhibits about the cave and a well stocked gift shop with some... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Norman, Oklahoma
The Best Caverns Around!

Whenever we have visitors, a must-see stop is always Kartchner Caverns. The State of AZ is to be... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Paul W
Tucson, Arizona
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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 5 days ago

The visitor center has interesting exhibits about the cave and a well stocked gift shop with some good natural history books and assorted souvenirs. The café serves food until 4 or 4:30 and the hummingbird garden is just outside the visitor center. Great place to...More

Thank Sarracenia
Reviewed 1 week ago

Whenever we have visitors, a must-see stop is always Kartchner Caverns. The State of AZ is to be congratulated on preserving this incredible natural wonder in all its growing splendor. The park is beautiful and the museum at the entrance is outstanding, but the highlight...More

Thank Paul W
Reviewed 1 week ago

An Arizona state park with more than cactus, Kartchner Caverns makes for an interesting stop. A little walking is involved but the well informed park rangers make the time in the cavern well worth it. Our guide, Kyle, was very patient and answered questions while...More

Thank bgal182017
Reviewed 1 week ago

Campground is clean and well maintained. Nature trails are easy to follow and well marked. Caverns are out of this world!

Thank Kate V
Reviewed 1 week ago

Being a wet cave, it is muggy and hard for people with breathing problems. Wheel chair can make it, but not that easy to maneuver. It is so beautiful and you walk through wondering how something this beautiful in underground and how many other caves...More

Thank Jackietravels1
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Breathtaking caverns with awesome formations! A MUST-SEE for the whole family!! There are many varied types of formations. The museum is well worth going through before the tours so you have a background on the area, how the caverns were discovered, and what was inside!

Thank Katie M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

These fairly newly discovered caverns are very accessible. They have done a nice job of creating an experience of being able to walk to the cavern without upsetting the natural environment. The temperature is very moderate, not a strenuous walk.

Thank lovesthebeach2015
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Do not miss this. It is special, extraordinary, amazing. Discovered in the 1970's, kept secret for 4 years, and then another ten when the landowners were finally told about it, they decided to share the discovery and then took the time and every precaution for...More

Thank aaunge
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

No clear wording in website to highlight that reservation of tours is mandatory in order to enter cavern.

1  Thank toward m
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We've been to many caves and really enjoyed this one. Perhaps it was our Guide Beverly who was very knowledgeable and took the timd out to point things our and answer our questions or maybe it was the back story of the 2 boys that...More

2  Thank Maureen R
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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 Irishintx | Reviewed this property |
Only service animals are allowed in the buildings and in the caverns.
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