A well kept secret since its discovery in 1974, Kartchner Caverns, 12 miles south of Benson, Arizona, was announced to the world in 1988. Still virtually pristine, this massive limestone cave has 13,000 feet of passages and two rooms as long as football fields. Finally opened as a state park November 12, 1999, this underground wilderness will remain protected while offering visitors a rare tour through multi-colored cave formations. The temperature inside the caverns averages 68°F year round, with the humidity at 99%.
Kartchner Caverns State Park is open seven days a week from 7:30 am until 6:00 pm MST. Cave tours are scheduled every 20 minutes starting at 8:40 am to 4:40 pm each day. The park is closed on Christmas Day, and no tours will be taken after noon on Christmas Eve Day.
Rotunda/Throne Tour: October – July
Ages 0-6 : FREE
Ages 7-13: $9.95
Ages 14+: $18.95
Rotunda/Throne Tour: August – September
Ages 0-6: FREE
Ages 7-13: $8.95
Ages 14+: $16.95
Big Room Tour
Ages 0-6: N/A*
Ages 7-13: $12.95
Ages 14+: $22.95
The Rotunda and Throne tour Length: 1/2 mile Time: 1 1/2 hours.
* Children 6 and under are not allowed on this tour.
Depending on your tour time, you may have time to enjoy the nearby Tombstone. “The town too tough to die”.