Kartchner Caverns State Park

The Big Room

Kartchner Caverns State Park is located 55 miles southeast of Tucson and adjacent to the town of Benson.  These caverns are known for having “the world’s longest stalactite formation”.  The caverns were unearthed in 1974 and have an amazing array of minerals and creations found inside the gigantic cave.  It was established as an Arizona State Park in 1988, and the limestone caverns are continuing to evolve to this day.  The park operators shelter the fragile limestone by using subtle lighting.

When you visit the park, you are escorted by a tour guide throughout the astonishing subversive realm.  You will see areas known as the Throne Room and Big Room and learn about the “delicate ecosystem of long-hidden limestone caves”.  Also, you will get a glimpse of the world’s longest identified stalactite called the “Soda Straw”.

There is another part of Kartchner Caverns to see, and that is the 23,000 square foot Discovery Center.  In this space, you will learn various facets of the cave which incorporates geology, the bat inhabitants, and paleontology.  You can get personally involved in some of the exhibits which will enlighten you on how the cave was discovered and how the stalactites were created.  Inside the area is a multi-screen video which familiarizes you with those who founded the caverns and their excursion below the earth’s surface.  


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