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Kartchner Caverns State Park.
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October 03, 2011

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Kartchner Caverns State Park. Near Benson, & Tucson, Arizona:

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Kartchner Caverns State Park is a state park of Arizona, United States, featuring a show cave with 2.4 miles (3.9 km) of passages.

The park is located 9 miles (14 km) south of the town of Benson and west of the north-flowing San Pedro River. Long hidden from view, the caverns were discovered in 1974 by local cavers, assisted by a state biologist who helped in its preservation.

The park encompasses most of a down-dropped block of Palaeozoic rocks on the east flank of the Whetstone Mountains.

The caverns are carved out of limestone and filled with spectacular speleothems which have been growing for 50,000 years or longer, and are still growing.


There are two main tours available.

The Rotunda/Throne Tour:

Length: ½ mile. Time: 1½ hours.

This tour has been open since 1999. It is half of a mile in length and takes approximately an hour and a half to complete, 50 minutes of which is underground. Discover the role that water plays in creating the caverns. You will see the discoverers' original trail, 45,000-year-old bat guano, delicate formations and “Kubla Khan,” the largest column formation in Arizona. Reserve online Online Reservations (24-hours)


The Big Room Tour.

Length: ½ mile. Time: 1¾ hours.

This tour has been open since 2003. Tours are available from mid-October to mid-April and are scheduled throughout the day. It is half of a mile long and takes an hour and 45 minutes to complete, one hour of which is underground. The Kartchner Cavern story is about amazing discoveries past, present and future. Marvel at the many strange and colorful formations. Learn about the cave fauna, both living and ancient. Experience the wonder of the cave’s discovery and learn about new scientific research and discoveries as ongoing studies continue. Note: Big Room Tours are not available for children under 7 years of age. Reserve online Online Reservations (24-hours)

Kartchner Caverns is home to:
• One of the world's longest soda straw stalactites: 21 feet 3 inches (Throne Room).
• The tallest and most massive column found in Arizona, the Kubla Khan: 58 feet tall (Throne Room).
•The world's most extensive formation of brushite moonmilk (Big Room).
•The first reported occurrence of “turnip” shields (Big Room).
•The first cave occurrence of “birdsnest” needle quartz formations.
•Many other interesting, & unusual formations; such as shields, totems, helictites, and rimstone dams.


How To Get There:

Kartchner Caverns State Park is located about 50 miles south of Tucson between Benson and Sierra Vista Arizona. Travel interstate I-10 East and take Exit 302 and then proceed 9 miles south on highway Arizona 90.


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