Kartchner Caverns is the one MUST SEE tour in Southern Arizona.  If you are on a budget, or have limited time, this is the one tour you want to take. 

Fees
Reservation Fee: $3.00 (included in cave tour fee)
Park Entrance Fee: $5 per car (up to 2 adults) or free with tour reservation
Gift Certificates: available by calling the reservations line.
Rotunda/Throne Room Tour: $9.95 (ages 7-13) and $18.95 (ages 14 & up), free for children 6 and younger
Big Room Tour: $12.95 (ages 7-13) and $22.95 (ages 14 & up),
no children under 7
Camping: $22 (arrive before 5:30 p.m. to enter - no reservations)
Park Gates Close at 6:00 p.m. and
Open at 7:00 a.m.

Fees subject to change

 

Cave Tour Information

All tours are guided by a trained tour guide. Reservations are strongly recommended and can be made by calling: (520)586-CAVE. The cave averages 68F and 98% humidity year round. All cave trails are barrier-free. Due to wet surfaces and changes in grades, strollers and walkers are not allowed on the tours.

Special Reminders

  • Touching or breaking formations is punishable by law.
  • No photography or video cameras allowed on cave tour.
  • No walkers allowed on cave tour.
  • Small children should be carried in arms or in front pack. No baby backpacks or strollers allowed on cave tour.
  • Cave tour trail is barrier-free.
  • The park, including the Discovery Center, is accessible for persons with disabilities.
  • No food, drink (including bottled water), gum, or tobacco products allowed on cave tours.
  • No pets, except assist dogs.
  • No littering.
  • Rotunda/Throne Room Tour: Length: 1/2 mile Time: 1 1/2 hr. (leaving approximately every 20 minutes), tours available year-round.
  • On this tour you will discover the role water has played in the creation of Kartchner Caverns. You will see some of the tiniest, most delicate formations found in the cave, as well as the largest column in Arizona. This tour includes an up-close look at the variety of formations and colors that makes this cave one of the top ten in the world. And for you music lovers...the music that's played at the end of this tour is entitled "Adiemus" (Virgin Records Ltd.).

    Information for Parents:
    It is not uncommon for young children, six years and under, to become uncomfortable in the cave environment. In these instances, the child and parent will be allowed to leave the cave tour, for their well-being and safety. Please inquire upon check-in, if you have any concerns.

    Big Room Tour: Length: 1/2 mile Time: 1 1/2 hr. (leaving approximately every 30 minutes), tours available October 15 - April 15.

    The Kartchner Caverns story is one of amazing discoveries...both past and present. Stand where the discoverers first entered the cave. Marvel at the strange and colorful formations. Learn about cave inhabitants, both ancient and living. As scientific studies continue, discoveries are yet to be made. The Big Room tour is a longer and more physically challenging tour. Children age 6 and under are not allowed on the tour.

    Please note, we do not accept on-line reservations. You must call the reservation number to secure a reservation.We have experienced a high demand for cave tours.

    Approximate Driving Distances from:

    • Flagstaff - 310 miles (498 km)
    • Phoenix - 160 miles (257 km)
    • Benson - 9 miles (14 km)
    • Sierra Vista - 19 miles (30km)
    • Tombstone - 28 miles (45 km)
    • Tucson Airport - 49 miles (78 km)

     

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