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
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