Kartchner Caverns – 520-586-2283

Kartchner Caverns Call 520-586-2283

A Tucson Must See Attraction

kartchner caverns state park tucson azKartchner Caverns is among the more interesting Tucson day trips you could take. The “Caverns” are in the Kartchner Caverns State Park about an hour southeast of Tucson near Benson, AZ.

It is a downright must day trip for close friends and family visitors. Be sure to schedule a reservation! It is an very popular place!

If you expect to take photos, forget it. Leave your personal things in the car.  It is just you and the clothes you are wearing.

To protect the caves, cameras, back packs, purses, food or drink are allowed in the cave.  It eliminates the  opportunity to have something dropped or left in the caves accidentally.

Be Prepared

The cave is cool and moist at 68 degrees and 98 % humidity year round. A very lightweight jacket or garment is all you will need.

Wheelchairs are permitted in the caves. However strollers, walkers, crutches or motorized scooters are not allowed.

The Kartchner Caves is a top notch operation. There is an eye catching interpretive centre full of cave displays and information. This is also where you will check in for the tour.

It is better to be a little early. This will give you time to fully explore the center and all the displays there. When your tour is called, head outdoors and get on the tram. The tram will take you up the hill to the caves. All Kartchner Caverns Tours are led and narrated.

The tour can last between 1  1 / 2 to 2 hours.  The entrance to the caves is through a couple of airlocks. These are living caves. The operators are impassioned about safeguarding the integrity of the cave. They manage the atmospherics and do every thing they can to avoid damage to the caves.

After the tour stop back at the gift shop to pick up a gift or memento. Do this after the tour because you will not be allowed to carry your purchases on the tour.

Other Things To See Around Tucson

Tucson has a number of other “must” places to see. Kitt Peak about 50 miles Southwest of Tucson. Old Tucson Studios West of Tucson.  The Pima Air & Space Museum on the South Side of Tucson.


The Kartchner Caverns State Park is near Benson and about an hour Southeast of Tucson. Go East on I-10. Get off the freeway at exit 320 and go south on Highway 90. Follow the signs.

MAP to Kartchner Caverns State Park.

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