In August and September 2008, you can get a discount on tours at Kartchner Caverns State Park, 9 miles south of I-10 in Benson on Highway 90. Usually, tours are $18.95 for adults and $9.95 for kids age 7-13. Through September, you can get in for $12 and $5, respectively!
This is such a cool place. The formations inside the cave are just stunning! The stalagmites and stalactites are huge. The park has the second longest “soda straw” formation in the world. and Arizona’s state park system has taken the time to preserve this cave and make sure it’s going to be around for future generations. The caves’ entry ways are fitted with special doors that have air locks to prevent too much desert air from getting in and drying it out.
The cave is known as a “living” cave because it is still being formed. Water seeps through the ground and dissolves minerals. As it makes its way through the ground’s nooks and crannies, the minerals come through the earth. If there are caves below, the minerals collect and are deposited as stalagmites and stalactites. It’s a looong process–thousands (millions?) of years! So, we get to enjoy it today! Pretty cool…
Throughout the year, there are two tours you can take. In summer the “Big Room” tour is unavailable because female bats use the cave to give birth and feed their young. The Rotunda-Throne Room tours are available year round.
You can book your tour online (click on Kartchner link above) or by calling 520-586-CAVE (2283). Have fun!