Kartchner Caverns State park is located 9 miles South of the town of Benson, one hour away from Tucson, in Cochise County, Arizona. This unique and historic state park consists of a natural cave system, the caverns of the park were discovered in 1974. The caverns are carved out of limestone and have been growing for over 50,000 years. The cave passages are almost 2.5 miles long, two rooms are open for public viewing, The Throne room and The Big room. The Big room is closed during the summer months, bats nest in the big room during late spring.
Things to Do
- Families can take a guided tour of the Cave show, a thrilling and unique experience that lets you explore the incredible and long hidden underground limestone caves. The throne room features the world's longest Soda straw Stalactite.
- The big room has remarkable minerals and formations, the limestone caverns have been developing for 50,000 years and are still developing.
- Visit the discovery center and understand many aspects of the cave, its geology, bat nesting, exhibits highlight the discovery of the cave. A video introduces you to underground journey of the discoverers.
- An outdoor dining area, "bat cave cafe" and picnic shelters, and a gift shop are available.
- Families can do camping in the surrounding park grounds.
- Bringing bags, food or water bottles inside the cave is strictly not allowed.
Kartchner Caverns State Park Insider Tips
- Photography is not allowed.
- Strollers are not allowed.
- Tours may require reservation.