Kartchner Caverns 'Cave Fest'
At Kartchner Caverns State Park the focus will be on the science of the cave.
January 15, 2015
Kartchner Caverns State Park will hold the annual "Cave Fest" event on Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 14 and 15, 2015 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The park will have hour-by-hour activities and displays and the cave will be open for tours but should be reserved in advance.
Some of the activities and displays will include live animal displays, children's activities and crafts, mining history display, caving equipment display, plus a Speleothem cave formation display.
The park entrance fee for this event is $6 per vehicle for all of the activities and presentations. Rotunda/Throne Room Cave tours are $23 for those aged 14 and older, $13 for those aged 7 to 13 and free for anyone younger than 7.
Big Room tours $23 for those aged 14 and older and $13 for those aged 7 to 13. Note: Big Room Tours are not available for children younger than 7 years of age.
The Rotunda/Throne Room Tour is half of a mile in length and takes approximately an hour and a half to complete. The Big Room Tour is half of a mile long and takes an hour and 45 minutes to complete.
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.
Gift Shop, Cafe
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.
Hiking Trails Too
There are hiking trails for the beginner to advanced hiker and a large, modern campground adjacent to the Whetstone Mountains.
Reservations for camping or cave tours can be made 24-hours a day at AZStateParks.com 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. Cave Tour tickets must be picked up AT LEAST 1 hour prior to your scheduled tour time. Kartchner Caverns State Park is located on Highway 90, nine miles south of I-10 near Benson, Arizona.