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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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Wow - these caverns are amazing - a must see attraction

The tours of the 2 caverns are excellent. It is amazing to see how the caverns have been formed... read more

Reviewed yesterday
AZ did this park right!

A marvelous cavern with a wonderful story of discovery and conservation, government at its best... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Topeka, Kansas
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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
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Reviewed yesterday

The tours of the 2 caverns are excellent. It is amazing to see how the caverns have been formed and what the inside of them looks like. It is very interesting to see all the rock formations underground. It is incredible how these caverns were...More

Thank Bruster99
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

A marvelous cavern with a wonderful story of discovery and conservation, government at its best. The facility is well thought out, the guides knowledgeable and the crown room is one of the greatest cave rooms in the US . If you are near by this...More

Thank palmerjer
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

I really enjoyed this visit. I have been in several commercial caves and this was good. The formations were spectacular. I then went for a hike in the national forest.

Thank Gale A
Reviewed 4 days ago

We took both tours - the Rotunda and the Big Room. Our host on the Rotunda tour, Ben, was really fun, very clear, easy to hear, and informative. Were we to do it again, we would just do the Rotunda tour since it was more...More

Thank 4dc18
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Sarah was our ranger guide. Sarah did a fantastic job our bringing the history of Kartchner alive for us all. The AZ state parks have done an excellent job of bringing this wonder to all of us to learn about and enjoy. Sure glad Disney...More

Thank Ian R
Reviewed 6 days ago

Fascinating cafe if you can get by the bovine scatology about the dating introduction. She did not look like she had been there when the cafe was formed, but talked like she was (maybe she is 330 million years old), WHO KNOWS? The cave is...More

Thank Michael J
Reviewed 6 days ago

I was kind of board after the 1st 15 minutes. Just not my type of thing. We went into the "Big Room" and not all the lighting was working from a past lightening storm. Oh Hum.

Thank azmd
Reviewed 1 week ago

This was the first live cave we had ever toured and it was excellent. They are meticulous about keeping the cave pristine to a point where you are misted before you enter. The groups are small, the lighting minimal and the cave beautiful. Our guide...More

Thank jpappas40
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very impressive all around: the guides (many are volunteers); the exhibits; the care taken to design access while preserving the unique environment in cave and, of course, the caves! Good for all ages. Best to reserve ahead if possible.

Thank newyorker59
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Very cool and very safe! They put a great deal of effort into preserving the natural cave and making the whole event safe for everyone. Beautiful! Plenty of space and Good lighting so it’s not dark or scary. We did the throne room.

Thank elkno
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Response from Jennifer E | Reviewed this property |
Yes they do.
28 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.