Karchner Caverns State Park is located south of Benson, Arizona on Highway 90.
Rotunda/Throne Tour led by Ranger Robert took about 90 minutes of stop and go on foot to cover a half mile length. We have seen bigger and more beautiful caverns. However what was impressive about Karchner Caverns is its pristine condition. They are extremely strict about what may come into the caverns. No cameras, no cell phones, no purses or backpacks and absolutely no food or drinks including chewing gum. The main entrance into the caverns as well as different chambers are separated by air-lock doors. The mist spray in the passage way is to maintain the average temperature of 72 degrees Fahrenheit inside the caverns.
|Photo courtesy of Karchner Caverns State Park|
The cavern is also a roosting site for tiny bats. To co-exist and accommodate these tiny part-time inhabitants, the Karchner Cavern closes for about a half year starting in April.
Parking fee of $6 plus individual tours of $23 each was well worth the price. We also had a chance to check out the state RV park. Its facilities are clean and inviting. J.J. and I would definitely consider staying there on our next trip to this part of Arizona.
To be inside a cavern for me personally is calming, spiritual, and meditative. As we watched the light show in the Throne Room, we were treated to the celestial sound of music called "Aduemus". I will do some research and would love to incorporate the music in my meditation practice.
Aloha -- Cathi