Minutes from Kartchner Caverns
Approximately 10 minutes north of Mountain View is the region's newest attraction, world renowned Kartchner Caverns State Park. Discovered in 1974 and kept a secret for 14 years, Kartchner Caverns is a seven acre limestone cave with 2-1/2 miles of passages including two main galleries, both the size of football fields and featuring 100-foot high ceilings. The caverns are a kaleidoscope of color with a wide variety of multicolored formations in nearly perfect condition. This subterranean jewel box has taken a million years or more to form and is one of only a handful of "living" caves in the world. Open since 1999 for public tours, this natural wonder is wheelchair accessible so everyone can easily enjoy it's beauty. Check with Kartchner Caverns State Park for operating hours, tour times and reservation system procedures. For information call 520-586-4100, for reservations 520-586-2283.
About Kartchner Caverns
Experience a stunning limestone cave in Southeastern Arizona that boasts world-class features. This “live” cave, discovered in 1974, is host to a wide variety of unique minerals and formations. Water percolates from the surface and calcite formations continue to grow, including stalactites dripping down like icicles and giant stalagmites reaching up from the ground. Tour guides will unveil this fascinating underground landscape during a memorable 1½ hour tour.
The Discovery Center features museums exhibits, a large gift shop, regional displays, theater, and educational information about the caverns and the surrounding landscape. There are also campgrounds, hiking trails, lockers, shaded picnic areas, a deli, an amphitheater, and a hummingbird garden.
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