Here's a piece of Western lore—a dry limestone cave with a real outlaw history. The tour guide at Colossal Cave ... More
Colossal Cave Mountain Park
Here's a piece of Western lore—a dry limestone cave with a real outlaw history. The tour guide at Colossal Cave Mountain Park, will point out the impressive formations and crystals, but won't tell you where the gold is hidden. There are many steps to climb but it's consistently cool inside even when temperatures hit the 100 degree mark. Visit the on-site library and museum, cafes and gift shops.
The ladder tour itself was pretty good. The tour guide should be given a headset with smalll amplifier so people in the back of the group could hear what he was saying. Sometimes people in the front of the group would relay some of what he was saying to our foks in the back but not all the time. Luckily, they forwarned us when we were coming up on something like a low ceiling, cat walk, etc.
The food left a lot to be desired. The chicken was, as they say, rubber. The baked potatoes were not done enough; the brownie type food for desert was good!.
We didn't pay what they call the normal rate of $45.00 per person, thank goodness, so I thhink we got what we paid for;
We took the Ladder Tour at the Colossal Cave. We got to see many things the regular tour sees and much more. Well worth the $20 per person fee. The guide was knowledgeable and interesting. Great photo opportunities. A bit dusty in places but not muddy and crawling in shorts is less enjoyable than jeans. One in our group was claustrophobic but he did fine. Some tight spot. Reservations not necessary for us. They didn't have any tours scheduled but made one for the time we would be arriving. Youtube has a news report for us to watch.
Very great value for the money. Located east of Tucson on I-10.
We took this tour before going to.Kartchner Caverns. Save your time and money if you are on a time limit for Kartchner.
Many of the formations have been taken by prior tourists (before current rules placed against this).
I wouldn't recommend this activity.
I visited Kartchner Caverns (took the Big Room tour) about a month ago and went to Colossal Cave this past weekend. Can't even begin to compare the two caves or tours. This tour was boring and short. Very little info was given, tour guide walked and said nothing thru most of the tour. He also appeared to not like his job very much as his tone was a bit rude to the visitors. He didn't really explain the formations to people who may have never visited a cave before. And if I had not visited Kartchner first I would not have realized how beautiful a living cave was and what certain things looked like before because everything was covered in dirt. Although Kartchner requires reservations and is at least twice the cost of Colossal Cave it is a much better tour and worth every penny. I would pass on coming to Colossal Cave.
We took our 3 1/2 year old and he slipped on the steps. He almost fell down into a dark abyss. There are NO child guard rails on the numerous up and down stairways in the cave system. Parents be very cautious if you have a young child!
My family and I took the tour of the cave when my sibling and I were relatively young...too young to truly appreciate the 'nature-made' beauty. This tour is a 'must see' for anyone over the age of "10". The walking touritself is somewhat lengthy but the visualization and realization of "where you're at" down beneath the ground, deep inside the bowels of a cave. The rock formations are astounding and unusual and you'll be discussing them for days! The cave also contains deep mysteries and has its scary moments...just ask anyone who has walked across one partiular spot with the 'bottomless pit' surrounding you on both sides as you cross. One word to sum this up..."fascinatng"!
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