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Old 06-05-2022, 03:22 PM   #1
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Kartchner Caverns State Park (near Benson, AZ)

We just spent four nights at this wonderful state park and highly recommend it. We had a long pull through site with 50 amp and water. The back in sites have 30 amp. Plenty of room between the sites. There is a dump station. Bathrooms have showers.
The cave tour was very well done. Did the Throne Room tour as the big room tour is closed for bat nesting season. Highly recommend the tour and be sure to book in advance as the tours fill up.
The complex has a theater with a movie explaining how the cave was discovered, displays, a gift shop, and a cafe. There is a hummingbird/cactus garden and numerous trails. We saw deer and jack rabbits in the evening and did see a hummingbird.
Itís a dark sky park so star gazing was awesome.
Close to Tombstone and Saguaro National Park.
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We were there last May and thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience. Our cave tour guide even pointed out the conkanite.
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We were there last year and loved the park and area.
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Stayed there for a few days in Feb 2021, wished we'd stayed longer. Nice park, caverns are great, and the control over lights at night is perfect for me. Too bad it was too cloudy to set-up the scope.

I wish more parks had a lights out policy, but then, I have a special interest in the night sky.
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We've given the tours. It's an awesome park!
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One of our favorite stops on the way west. We spent Christmas there last year. We were discussing our plans for 2023 last night and we might be back in the spring.
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We just spent four nights at this wonderful state park and highly recommend it. We had a long pull through site with 50 amp and water. The back in sites have 30 amp. Plenty of room between the sites. There is a dump station. Bathrooms have showers.
The cave tour was very well done. Did the Throne Room tour as the big room tour is closed for bat nesting season. Highly recommend the tour and be sure to book in advance as the tours fill up.
The complex has a theater with a movie explaining how the cave was discovered, displays, a gift shop, and a cafe. There is a hummingbird/cactus garden and numerous trails. We saw deer and jack rabbits in the evening and did see a hummingbird.
Itís a dark sky park so star gazing was awesome.
Close to Tombstone and Saguaro National Park.
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We've stayed at every one of the Arizona state parks & they're all well-kept and big sites.

Kartchner is a living cave... constantly growing. That's why you hear a lot of dripping noise. Comparison is Carlsbad Caverns which is not growing. It's well worth the stop if you're traveling I-10 near Tucson or even a day trip from Tucson. Tickets go fast!

Here is the story of Kartchner's discovery:

https://azstateparks.com/kartchner/explore/park-history
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Old 06-09-2022, 09:42 PM   #9
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We spent a week at Kartchner State Park last May and we loved it. Well kept and great camp host too.
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