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Apr 7, 2019 - Benson AZ, Kartchner Caverns State Park

On the morning of April 7 we departed Yuma AZ and headed to Benson AZ. We arrived at Kartchner Caverns State Park in the afternoon and got set up, then headed to the Escapee’s Park in Benson for a short visit and dinner with Ginger. Their are a few hiking trails located in the state park (and adjoining Coronado National Forest) and on the morning of the 8th, Bentley and Tom went for a hike on the Foothills Loop Trail. In the afternoon we went back to visit more with Ginger, and Herb returned from Casa Grande with their small travel trailer....

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Apr 22, 2018 - Kartchner Caverns

We took the 8:40 Cavern Tour this morning. The temperature was 70° F and the humidity was very high. The unfortunate thing is, no photography is allowed except for 1 day a month. Not our day. So you'll have to do with the countless images on the web. The Kubla Khan Formation in the Throne Room is 58 feet tall. Here is a link to the Park's website.

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Apr 21, 2018 - Foothills Trail

Up bright and early this morning (local time anyway). We were on the "Foothills Trail" by 8:00. This is a 2.5 mile trail walk through some pretty arid country. We made sure we took snacks and plenty to drink. We did forget to bring something for Sophie to drink out of. (Yes Diane, poor Sophie. Sue used her hand as a bowl). Tomorrow, we already have our tickets for the Kartchner Caverns Tour.

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Apr 20, 2018 - Katchner Caverns State Park

Aside from the brutal cross winds, the 4 hour drive from El Paso, Texas to Benson, Arizona was sunny and uneventful. Lot of haze and dust. "Dust Storm" warning signs all along the interstate. 10 minutes into our drive and we entered New Mexico. 3 hours later and another timezone change, we were entering Arizona. Looking forward to our next 3 days in Kartchner Caverns State Park and getting into the caverns. Our current elevation is 4,734 ft. More to follow...

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Apr 16, 2016 - Kartchner Caverns, AZ

We took the Throne Room/Rotunda tour at Kartchner Caverns State Park. While we waited for our tour, I got a picture of Scott trying on some Bat Ears at the Discovery Center. Our 90 minute walk though a wet (living) cave was spectacular. No photos allowed inside so Scott took photos of some of the pages of a guidebook we purchased. This cavern was only discovered in 1974 and opened to the public in 1999. Since it is a living and growing cavern, the Parks Department takes every precaution to not contaminate the caverns while allowing public...

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Mar 30, 2015 - Guindani Loop Trail

Monday, March 30: Kartchner Caverns State Park Route: n/a Weather: 62F calm and cloudy warming to a high of 85F with some clearing and light breezes by afternoon Trip Average Gas Mileage: n/a Highlights: - hiking the Guindani Loop Trail - seeing a Ring-necked Snake on the trail - cooler, more tolerable weather Sunrise was coming noticeably earlier these days. By 7:45 we were hiking out of the campground to the Guindani Loop Trail. Last night the air finally cooled enough to use the top sleeping bag but not as cold as previous nights....

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Three USA Deserts

Mar 29, 2015 - Benson to Kartchner Caverns S.P.

Sunday, March 29: Benson, AZ to Kartchner Caverns State Park Route: I-10W → AZ-90S Weather: 57F with a light breeze and a high of 85F with cloud cover and gusty breezes by afternoon Trip Average Gas Mileage: 28.2mpg Highlights: - a relaxing morning at the KOA - the Kartchner Caverns Big Room tour - nice facilities at the Kartchner Caverns S.P. Campground - a hummingbird visit at Site #14 We had a very short drive today and a reserved campsite at the Kartchner Caverns State Park Campground, so before checking out of the Benson KOA we...

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Oct 13, 2013 - Kartchner Caverns, Benson, AZ October 2011

We left Missouri and headed to Benson, AZ the last week in September 2011. We volunteered at Kartchner Caverns AZ State Park. There we helped give tours of the caves. We met several other volunteers there. Some we still stay in touch with to this day. We spent Thanksgiving and Christmas at this park. Our Thanksgiving potluck there included 60 volunteers. This facility has more volunteers then any other place we've been. We loved it.

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Feb 28, 2012 - Kartchner Caverns

We have been told by several RV’ers that while staying in Tucson we must go to the Kartchner Caverns. Each described this place with words or phrases like ‘spectacular’, ‘uniquely beautiful’, or ‘like nothing you have ever seen’. One person said “It’s just a cave, but you should go see it anyway”. Well we went and it was all of those things and more. Unfortunately we were not allowed to take any pictures but I did capture a few from others visitors and have posted them for you. In the end no picture can replace being in this cave, feeling...

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Feb 5, 2012 - Gesundheit

We started our day with a very nice breakfast at the campground. They have a small restaurant in their home with 5 tables. Great conversation with other campers and an excellent meal. Before we left Tombstone we went to the one attraction we wanted to see but ran out of time Friday, The Rose Tree museum. Honest, the biggest rose tree in the world is there. This tree was planted in 1885 and is still healthy and growing. Wait 'till you see the pictures. They also had an excellent museum which depicted one of Tombstone's first families. We...

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Apr 17, 2011 - Kartchner Caverns State Park, AZ

A high of 95 degrees again on the drive here. Air conditioning is being used! Kartchner is a unique park setting for us-cactus all around. Good spacing between sites, in the mid 80's but saved by a constant breeze. Nice interpretive center and garden walk. Would like to see a rattlesnake and roadrunner, but no luck yet. A beautiful full moon tonight.

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Oct 24, 2010 - Kartchner Caverns SP, Benson, AZ

Kartchner Caverns State Park is near Benson, AZ. We had heard of it from other RVers. The state has made a great effort to keep it as a living cave. As such, it is fairly warm and humid inside the cave. They have installd several walk-in cooler type doors that you go through to enter and exit the cave to preserve the interior atmosphere. They don't allow any pictures to be taken in the cave so you are out of luck on that count. But there are so many more stalagtite and stalagmite formations than I have seen in other caves because the...

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