See giant crystal formations and hike to bandit hideouts.
Two Distinct Show Caves
Delve deep and explore two spectacular limestone caverns made by nature over eons: Colossal Cave Mountain Park (below the Rincon Mountains near Vail) and Kartchner Caverns State Park® (beneath the Whetstone Mountains near Benson) are both surrounded by scenic wilderness, southeast of central Tucson. Besides tours of their massive underground labyrinths, both offer interpretive science exhibits and above-ground park areas with trail systems for hiking, wildlife watching, stargazing and picnicking.
A much smaller, man-made cave in the Earth Sciences Center at Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum is integral to a gemstone-and-geology experience that especially delights young visitors.
2016: Kartchner Caverns State Park was voted 'Best Cave in the USA' by USA Today's Readers' Choice Awards & Colossal Cave Mountain Park received a TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence.
Video: A Tale of Two Cavemen