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Kartchner Caverns State Park®

Central Arizona Region

23751 N. 23rd Ave., Ste. 190
Phoenix, AZ 85085
United States

Phone: 520-586-4100


Fax: 602-542-4188


Off AZ Hwy. 90. Reservations strongly recommended. Park entrance fee $6/vehicle; free with tour reservation. Rotunda/Throne Room tour: $23.00/adults, $13.00/children 7–13, children under 7 $5. Big Room tour: $23.00/adults, $13.00/children 7–13, children under 7 prohibited. Park open 7 days/week, 7:30 a.m.–6 p.m. Tours run 8:20 a.m.–4:20 p.m. Reservations taken from 8 a.m.–5 p.m., each day. Allow at least 3 hours for entire park experience; cave tours last about one hour each. Photos and video equipment prohibited.One of the great natural wonders of the western United States. It’s believed that no human had ever seen this huge living cave prior to its discovery in the 1970s by two Tucson cave enthusiasts. Care has been taken to preserve the pristine conditions within. Remarkable because it is a “wet” or “living” cave, meaning the calcite formations are still growing. See a stunning variety of multicolored cave formations.

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I was looking forward to visiting Kartchner after hearing many positive reviews. I booked the Throne Room tour as it was the only one offered. You do Not pay for parking if you are on a tour. I...

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Great Tour!

I would recommend booking a reservation in advance, as space is limited on the tours - this way you will guarantee a spot. We made reservations ahead of time, but when we arrived at the park, there...

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Wonderful live caverns, not the biggest, but really good. Make advance reservations.

Beautiful formations, good tour. Lots of bacon drapes, large stalagtites and stalagmites, soda straws, egg yolks. Frilly white formations I haven't seen before. Great history of how they were...

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