Caves and Mines

Kartchner Caverns State Park Benson

Where is it at?

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Kartchner Caverns State Park
2980 Arizona 90
Benson
AZ
85602
Tel: 520 586 2283

Directions

The park is located nine miles south of I-10, off State Hwy 90, exit 302.

Where are we going today?

It all began with a drop of water... Kartchner Caverns State Park features the incredible caverns, which is an ancient water eroded wonderland with unique formations and stunning sights!

Who says adventure needs to be ABOVE ground!

This limestone cave was discovered back in 1974, and features all those incredible formations you find in these underground wonders - and this one took 330 million years to be formed by the water! Kids will be able to see icicles, and giant stalagmites, and it can all be explored by the 90 minute guided tour.

Above ground, the Discovery Center is a great place to check out the museum exhibits all on the cave, and the history of the it, with a theater and displays too. If you have ever wanted to experience 86,000 year old sloth bones, and a 36,000 year old horse skull, it's all at the museum!

Kids can see bones from various animals found in the area, and they can learn all about the geology of the caverns, and the surface area. There are even exhibits on the evidence of human habitation on display too! Can you imagine what kind of life these humans would have led? It's fun to imagine!

Why not explore the Kartchner Caverns State Park after your visit too! Get those active kids out onto the hiking trails, enjoy a picnic in the picnic areas and check out the pretty birds in the Hummingbird Garden!

So grab those walking shoes and enjoy an underground adventure in one of the most stunning caverns in the USA!

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How much does it cost?

  • Adults$23. $30 for speciality cave tour
  • Children$13 (Ages 7-13) / $5 (Under 7). $30 for speciality cave tour
LAST UPDATED 2016

When can we go?

Gate open 6am - 10pm. Discovery Center 9am - 5pm. (8am - 6pm winter)

All year round

I'm Hungry!

The Bat Cave Cafe offers a range of tasty food, from pizza, to quesadillas, hot dogs, and treats!.

Healthy Eating!

The cafe has healthy options including wraps and sandwiches. .

Any Top Tips?

It is not uncommon for young children, 6 years and under, to become uncomfortable in the cave environment. In these instances, the child and parent will be allowed to leave the cave tour, for their well-being and safety. Please inquire upon check-in, if you have any concerns. The Big Room Tours are not suitable for kids under 7 years.

Need a little extra help?

Most of the above and below ground areas are accessible. Parking, campgrounds and picnic areas are accessible, as are restrooms. The cave is accessible by wheelchair too but speak to staff about the specifics.

Can I get one of those?

The gift shop is filled with unique gifts that have a southwestern flavor! There are souvenirs, as well as educational items on the caves and area. .

More information

Make sure you arrive at least an hour before your scheduled tour time. Late arrival may result in the forfeiture of your reserved tour time..

What people are saying?

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    Like many have said the price was fairly steep for what you get. The tour was shorter than expected. Some interesting bits of history and facts. If you have been to Carlsbad Caverns or any other cavern outside of a desert you will be greatly disappointed. I wouldn't recommend it if you want to see beautiful formations and large caverns. Head to Carlsbad, NM.

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    Went on the headlight tour in the throne room, very cool experience! Looking around you're always spotting something new and interesting instead of having it all lit up for you to see. Going back to do the big room tour the same way. Tour wasn't rushed and it wasn't the guide talking the whole time from a script. We were able to spend time in spots and ask questions. At one point, all lights were off and everyone was quiet, only thing you could hear was drops of water hitting all around the throne room.

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    Just from the entrance, it looked beautiful, the tourist woman was very nice! The caverns were just downright beautiful, and the Discovery building was cool too! We learned a bunch exploring the Kartchner Caverns caves! We went to the Rotunda tour and the Throne Room was outright amazing! Overall I loved it and it was a great and amazing experience

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    The details: $23/adult for a 1.5-2hr tour, two different areas available. Reservations are done online up to 24 hours before or over the phone. It is extremely touristy and popular so slots do get filled up very quickly. It is handicapped accessible. Cavern is partially lit, ~77F, 99% humidity and a tour guide is provided (there is no other way to see the cavern).

    The good: The cavern itself is amazing. The sheer size of it is impressive and since it is still "alive" (i.e. water still runs through it), it will be continually changing.

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    Campground was nice and loop trail was very pretty. Cavern tour was nice but short. Unable to bring in camera and I believe that is ridiculous. Secondly you purchase a ticket for only on view of cave the ticket should include both caves. The video was good and the information was very nice. Probably will not return. DID NOT LIKE NO PICTURES!!!!

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by Emily Garcia

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The details: $23/adult for a 1.5-2hr tour, two different areas available. Reservations are done online up to 24 hours before or over the phone. It is extremely touristy and popular so slots do get filled up very quickly. It is handicapped accessible. Cavern is partially lit, ~77F, 99% humidity and a tour guide is provided (there is no other way to see the cavern).

The good: The cavern itself is amazing. The sheer size of it is impressive and since it is still "alive" (i.e. water still runs through it), it will be continually changing.

The bad: the only way to see it is through a guided tour that includes people of all ages (including children). Our tour guide was ok but a bit boring. No cameras are allowed inside of the cavern so you don't get to take any of the cool pics that you see online. They do this because the flash is super bright in a low-light cavern, tho they won't let you take a pic without the flash and either way it does not damage the cavern itself.

The Weather

Monday

Conditions: Partly Cloudy
Temp: 64° F / 17° C
Humidity: 73 %
Wind: ESE - 13 MPH

Tuesday

Conditions: Chance of a Thunderstorm
Temp: 74° F / 23° C
Humidity: 52 %
Wind: SE - 13 MPH

Wednesday

Conditions: Chance of a Thunderstorm
Temp: 79° F / 26° C
Humidity: 51 %
Wind: SSE - 10 MPH

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