Summer has arrived and with it the soaring temperatures. Take a break from the heat and the sun to explore Kartchner Caverns. Just a short drive from Tucson, this interesting and beautiful State Park not only cools you off but gives you one more of the fascinating experiences Southern Arizona has to offer. With cave tours and many other activities for the kids, it is a perfect day trip to escape the heat.
Kartchner Caverns were officially made a State Park in 1988 after being kept a secret by the original discoverers for 14 years in an attempt to preserve the beautiful 2.5 miles of cavern passages so that the public could enjoy the majestic caves. The state of Arizona has invested $28 million to ensure that the caves continue to grow while on tour for all to see.
Filled with speleothems that have been growing for 50,000 years, these amazing structures continue to grow today. Tour one of two ‘rooms’ within the passages, the Throne Room and/or the Big Room. The Throne Room is exceptional in that it contains the world’s longest soda straw stalactites. The Big Room is just as impressive with the world’s most extensive formation of brushite moonmilk and if that isn’t enough, it is a roosting spot for over 1,000 cave bats each year.
Make your tour reservations online and check out the new ‘Helmet & Headlamp’ that gives you an all lights out experience every Saturday at dusk. This is an experience you don’t want to miss!