This spectacular limestone cavern has become such a popular destination that it is now virtually impossible to get inside ... More
Kartchner Caverns State Park
This spectacular limestone cavern has become such a popular destination that it is now virtually impossible to get inside without making reservations weeks in advance because the number of walk-up tickets per day is limited. However, the massive multicolored cave formations may be well worth the call and the required 49-mile drive from Tucson. There is a visitor center, shaded dining area, picnic area and campground.
The parking fee hits you in the face upon arrival. The staff makes it sound like you need reservations to get in until you say goodbye - then they say "Oh, we just happen to have a cancellation". Once inside the cavern, in no way does it compare to others. Total disappointment but to be fair, the shuttle ride to the entrance was pretty good. Rude staff.
I have been in at least 6 different USA caves, and this is definitely the best. The people who complain about the rules just don't understand that this cave is being protected so it will still be beautiful for future generations. I wish they would consider a special tour for photographers; it would certainly increase the attendance, which has been down this past year. If more people could see the beauty of this cave in photographs, more would come. Don't miss seeing it!
Only took the one tour-Rotunda/Throne Room-but definatley will go back to see the Big Room. Everyone was pleasant and professional-our tour guide really seemed to love her job-took lots of questions and was very knowlegeable of the caves and area-I will recommend everyone go to see this spectacular feat of nature that still goes on living-I like the comittment of the preservation and care of these caves. Well worth the time and money-will go back for the other tour.
Although the cave is beautiful, staff and circumstances make it hard to enjoy the visit. The biggest setback is the ban on photography. When asked the staff said it was imposed because of safety reasons, but the paths in the cave are broad and well paved. When I asked for more detailled information about the ban the staff became impatiant and extremely rude.
It's nice that they want to protect the cave, but this definitely overdone. There are even rules how to fold your sweater when you want to take it off. Bags are not allowed, not even a purse. One of the most ridiculous places I've seen on earth.
You can't touch anything. You can't take pictures. If you buy a bottle of water from their own gift shop, they berate you and kick you out of the building. That about sums it up.
Kartchner Caverns is a waste of time, money, and effort. I wouldn't recommend that anyone go and visit this park unless they enjoy being treated rudely and like a nuissance by the staff.
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