Kartchner Caverns State Park
Kartchner Caverns State Park © Mike Lewis
Kartchner Caverns State Park is home to one of the great natural wonders of the American west. There is no known record of the huge living cave being seen before the 1970s and the pristine conditions within have been carefully preserved. A remarkable feature of this cave is that it's a 'wet' or 'living' cave; the calcite formations are still growing and display a stunning variety of multi-coloured cave formations. Two different tours of the caves are available and there is a visitor's centre which details the history and geology of the caverns with interesting exhibits. Tours take between 90 minutes and two hours. Photography is not allowed in the caves but there are postcards available.
Address: 980 Arizona 90, Benson
Telephone: (520) 586 4100
Opening times: Daily 8am-6pm
Admission: $7 per vehicle, $3 individual or bike