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Kartchner Caverns State Park

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Address: Highway 90, 9 miles (14 km) south of Interstate 10, Benson, AZ 85602
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Camping & Caves

We have been meaning to go here for awhile. It is well worth the trip from Phoenix (about 2.75 hrs). We stayed for 3 nites and also visited Bisbee. We did a cave tour each... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We have been meaning to go here for awhile. It is well worth the trip from Phoenix (about 2.75 hrs). We stayed for 3 nites and also visited Bisbee. We did a cave tour each morning, then out about or a hike in the afternoon. I recommend at least 3 days to get a good feel for the area.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We only had time for one tour, and so we chose the Rotunda/Throne Room tour and were not disappointed. The tour guide was very informative, and did a very good job of explaining and answering questions. The cave is warm and 99% humidity so be prepared and dress accordingly. If you wear a jacket (may be necessary if cool outside-... More 

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Chilliwack, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We arrived at the gate without reservations and were let in so we could see if any seats were available on the cave tours. As luck would have it we were able to attend a tour in 40 mins. This was awesome as on line it said they couldn't accommodate us until Tues. We looked at the exhibits, checked out... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

My husband, adult daughter and I went to the visit the caverns on recommendations from two friends. We were not disappointed. We took the Rotunda/Throne Room tour. There were so many different formations. Our tour guide, Bill, was passionate about the caves and gave us so much great information. If we come back to the area we would definitely do... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I booked the Big Room tour far in advance to ensure we could see this natural wonder. As many reviewers have said, the preservation of the caves here is first class. The Big Room tour is not open during the bat season, when the female bats return to have their babies, to ensure the bats are not disturbed. I was... More 

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Indiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The state has got to great lengths to preserve these caverns. There are 2 tours. One is closed in the summer for the bats. You can do both in one day, but you should reserve ahead of time on line. The guides are well versed. Benson is a good overnight stay only 9 miles away.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We did not have a reservation at this state park campground but were directed to the overflow area which was as nice as the campground but without hook ups. We were very happy to stay there. The next day we toured the wonderful discovery center that talked about the discovery of the caves and the geology as well as information... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

The caves are amazingly beautiful and the staff is friendly and informative. Definitely would go back to see the bat cave in season if I were in the area. The caves are pretty wide open so you shouldn't get claustrophobic. Just be sure you get your tickets ahead of time online and arrive an hour before your tour or they... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Well worth the drive to get to the Kartchner Caverns. A tour is a smart idea. The tour guides are informative and knowledgeable.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Having to arrive an hour before the tour was a bit much. The cave is interesting, but the tour seemed to drag.

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