Kartchner Caverns State Park


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Kartchner Caverns State Park


Location:9 miles south of I-10, off AZ 90, exit 302.
Facilities:60 campsites, electric hookups, showers, restrooms, picnic areas, picnic shelters, hiking trails, visitors center, exhibits, amphitheater, gift shop (é).
Activities:Camping, hiking, cave tours, educational programs.
Special Features:The cave was discovered in 1974, but its existence did not become public knowledge until its purchase was approved as an Arizona State Park in 1988. A trained guide leads all tours of the cave, and facilities at the park's Discovery Center include information on the tours as well as interactive displays and a theater with a video program. During the summer months, the cave's Big Room serves as a nursery for about 1,000 female cave myotis bats.
Address:PO Box 1849
Benson, AZ 85602

Phone:520-586-4100
Web: www.pr.state.az.us/Parks/parkhtml/kartchner.html
Size: 550 acres. Elevation: 4,600 feet.

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Fees will still apply for tours at Kartchner Caverns State Park, tours, camping, special events, and concessions.
Officials are hoping to get between $350 million and $700 million for properties such as the House and Senate buildings, the state hospital, and Kartchner Caverns State Park.
They first shimmied into the cave in 1974, then didn't inform the property owners about their find until 1978, didn't bring the state government in on it until 1984, and didn't witness the first public visits to Kartchner Caverns State Park until 1999.
GETTING THERE: Kartchner Caverns State Park is a 55-mile drive southeast of Tucson, Ariz.
We discussed several destinations, but finally settled on southern Arizona, mainly to see Kartchner Caverns State Park just south of Tucson.
Early the next morning we checked out of our hotel and traveled to the Kartchner Caverns State Park, in the base of the Whetstone Mountain range.
Kartchner Caverns State Park, located 50 miles southeast of Tucson, was discovered more than 30 years ago and contains some of the world's most spectacular and colorful cave formations.
Kartchner Caverns State Park is near Benson, Arizona, approximately 60 miles southeast of Tucson.
PHOENIX -- Kartchner Caverns State Park, one of the top 10 caves in the world due to the diversity of its calcite formations, will now be easier to book for your next family vacation to Arizona.
Camping in the 62 spaces at Kartchner Caverns State Park is $22 with no reservations in advance.
From Phoenix, head south to Kartchner Caverns State Park, 50 miles southeast of Tucson, for cave tours, hiking and picnicking.
The town, convenient to Kartchner Caverns State Park and a newly popular roost for snowbirds and retirees, has boomed in recent years.