Good News From Arizona State Parks
Kartchner Caverns Offers Volunteer Opportunities, Summer Specials
July 15, 2013
Escape The Heat!
On-Site Volunteers Needed At Kartchner Caverns State Park
On-site park volunteer opportunities are available at Kartchner Caverns State Park. Bring your RV and live at the park while volunteering this summer, 2013. The weather at Kartchner Caverns State Park is 15 to 20 degrees cooler than Phoenix and 5 to 10 degrees cooler than Tucson because of the 4,600 foot elevation.
Volunteers are a vital and integral part of the programs at Kartchner Caverns State Park. Volunteering at the park is a unique experience because of the variety of service positions available and the opportunity to connect yourself and the visitor to a rarely seen environment. Kartchner Caverns is a magnificent cave with many different types of formations. Whether you are in the cave or campground, hummingbird garden or Discovery Center, there are many ways to help the visitors enjoy their experiences while on the park.
Some of the available positions include —
• Visitor Services (Gatehouse, Front Desk, Discovery Center, Cave Portal)
• Campground Host
• Maintenance Services (Miscellaneous Maintenance, Tram Driver, Trail & Garden Maintenance)
• Interpretive Services (Lead cave guides, Trail cave guides)
For more information about our volunteer positions at Kartchner Caverns State Park contact the Volunteer Coordinator (520) 586-4121. For information about all of Arizona State Parks' volunteer opportunities, visit AZStateParks.com/volunteer.
Kartchner Caverns State Park (near Benson, Arizona) is a wet, "live" cave with stunning limestone in Southeastern Arizona. On the guided cave tours, visitors view dynamic structures such as stalactites and giant stalagmites, sometimes meeting to form a massive column. There are also many hiking trails, a Visitor Center, gift shop and café.
Summer Getaway Special At Kartchner Caverns
Free Campsite With Purchase Of Two Adult Cave Tour Tickets
Kartchner Caverns State Park (near Benson, Ariz.) is a unique cave with limestone minerals and formations that continue to grow with stalactites dripping down like icicles and giant stalagmites reaching up from the ground. Bring your family to see these formations in person and when you purchase two adult cave tour tickets from now until September 30, 2013, receive one night campsite free.
Enjoy a low-cost summer getaway in southeastern Arizona while staying in the campground. There are many things to do at Kartchner Caverns State Park including touring the cave, visiting the Discovery Center and exploring the hiking trails, including one that leads into the Coronado National Forest. Other nearby attractions include Tombstone Courthouse State Historic Park, The Copper Queen Mine in Bisbee and Chiricahua National Monument in Willcox. The free campsite must be used on the same visit as your cave tour and must be purchased through the reservation line at (520) 586-2283 between 8am and 5pm (Mountain Standard Time) seven days per week. The Rotunda/Throne Room tour is $22.95 for adults aged 14 and older, $12.95 for children aged 7 to 13 and free for children younger than 7.
During the summer, there is one guided tour offered inside the cave at Kartchner Caverns. The Rotunda/Throne Room Tour is half of a mile in length and takes approximately an hour and a half to complete. On this tour, visitors will discover the role that water plays in creating the caverns. You will see the discoverers' original trail, 45,000-year-old bat guano, delicate formations and "Kubla Khan," the largest column formation in Arizona. The Big Room Tour is not open to visitors in the summer because it serves as a nursery for around 1,000 female cave myotis bats (scientific name Myotis velifer).
Kartchner Caverns State Park also offers a large, modern campground adjacent to the Whetstone Mountains with views of the entire San Pedro Valley. The camping sites are equipped with electricity and water. NO sites have been developed or designated for basic "dry camping" however, non-electrical and tent campers are welcome to use these sites. A camping permit entitles the holder to use of the shower/restroom, water, electrical and dump station facilities.
The Discovery Center facility contains exhibits on cave formations, cave life, hydrology and history. In the Tenen-Tufts Theater, a video presentation (15 minutes long) plays twice an hour. The program highlights the discovery aspect of the cave. The Gift Shop offers a wide array of cave related and southwestern themed souvenirs, gifts and practical items to meet the needs of travelers. The Bat Cave Cafe is open daily from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. for dining while at the Park.
Reservations for camping and/or cave tours can be made 24-hours a day at AZStateParks.com (please note: the summer getaway is not available for purchase online) or by calling (520) 586-2283 between 8am and 5pm (Mountain Standard Time) seven days per week. Reservations are highly recommended for all cave tours. You will need to pick up your tickets at the park on the day of your tour; tour tickets are not mailed out. Bring your reservation receipt with you to the park. Cave Tour tickets must be picked up at least one hour prior to your scheduled tour time. Late arrival may result in the forfeiture of your reserved tour time. Kartchner Caverns State Park is located on Highway 90, nine miles south of I-10 near Benson, Arizona.