Kartchner Caverns state park

This will be our last Arizona stop for the winter. Nice little state park that is relatively new. The caverns were discovered in 1974 and have been carefully preserved and opened as a state park in 1999. The two cave discoverers kept the location secret fearing that the elaborate cavern system which is a sensitive bio domain would be damaged if too many people knew its existence. Eventually the state of Arizona established a state park and along with scientists developed the caverns to be accessible while still keeping it a pristine living cavern. The one area where bats annually have their babies is closed to tours during birthing season. We were able to tour that area during our stay, very interesting and beautiful but we had a dud of a tour guide so that was a bit of a bummer. Sorry, no photos were allowed 😕

Hiking is also lovely in this area. Nice to get out and stretch our legs, the dogs were happy to hike too and thankful for no snake sightings.

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Spectacular views

 

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The campground is at the bottom of the hills about 2 miles away.

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Happy dogs leading the way

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Water and snack break

We took a day trip to Bisbee AZ, famous for having the best temps year round….interesting little town, former mining village with all structures built into the hillsides. Lots of steep streets and stairways. Very touristy but we did get a yummy lunch.

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Houses stacked on the hillsides

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Lots of steep steps and cats!

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Creepy!

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Tasty fish tacos and $3 margaritas 

Today we drove over to Benson AZ and found a dumpy lunch place that had amazing reviews on Yelp. Very small place seats on 28….the food was fabulous. For sure a place to stop if ever passing through, only open M-F!

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Mi Casa in Benson AZ, seats 28. Seriously amazing food!

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Enchiladas Bandero. Beef, chicken, cheese.

We leave here Saturday and travel east into New Mexico. Not exactly sure where we’ll land.

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4 thoughts on “Kartchner Caverns state park

      1. dakotaken

        I will be at Quail Ridge Resort about 10 miles down the road from you Mon & Tues nights (3/7 & 3/8). I will need to get an oil change & rotate the trailer tires while there. Then headed toward Elephant Butte if weather is good.

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