Kartchner Caverns State Park RV & Campground Guide

Arizona

Kartchner Caverns State Park

holds more than 2.5 miles of pristine, underground cave passages. The caverns were discovered 45 years ago when cavers found a crack in the bottom of a sinkhole and followed the source of the warm air to the caves. It’s also a designated Internation Dark Sky Park, which means it has an “exceptional or distinguished quality of starry nights and a nocturnal environment that is specifically protected for its scientific, natural, educational, cultural heritage, and/or public enjoyment.” 

Weather at the park tends to be mild, with snow a very rare occurrence between November to March. There can be monsoon storms during the summer, and in late winter and spring it can be windy. Inside the cave, it’s about 70 degrees year-round, although the humidity will make it feel even warmer.

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Weather
Spring 71 F - 87 F
Summer 90 F - 96 F
Fall 71 F - 90 F
Winter 63 F - 67 F
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Nearby Cities
Tucson, AZ
Mescal, AZ
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RV Resorts & Campsites in Kartchner Caverns State Park

There is RV camping available at the park, with modern restrooms with flush toilets and showers, and dump stations available. The campground has electric and water hookups. If you decide to RV camp, you can rent one from RVshare.com, where you’ll find a variety of options - one is sure to be perfect for you and your family. All rentals come with nationwide insurance, 24/7 roadside assistance, and a world-class team dedicated to helping you with your RV trip. You can rent an RV near your home and head to the park on a road trip, or if you’d prefer, you can fly nearer to your destination and rent an RV there. Along with camping right inside the park, you can try one of these nearby campgrounds.

Benson KOA Campground

This RV park bills itself as the gateway to Tombstone, Bisbee, Kartchner Caverns, and Chiricahua National Monument. You can tour an old copper mine in Bisbee, or drive and hike past odd rock formations in the Chiricahua Mountains. 

  • Water hookup: yes
  • Electrical hookup: yes
  • Sewer hookup: yes
  • Wifi: yes
  • Pet-friendly: yes
  • Other amenities: showers, laundry, swimming pool, mini-golf, a hot tub, and a kitchen

Valley Vista RV Resort

Located in Tucson, this campground has a nature pond, activity park, and planned activities including yoga and water fitness classes. 

  • Water hookup: yes
  • Electrical hookup: yes
  • Sewer hookup: yes
  • Wifi: yes
  • Pet-friendly: yes
  • Other amenities: pool, 9-hole putting green, dog park, hot tub, next to RV dealership with service department

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What to Do at
Kartchner Caverns State Park

Inside Kartchner Caverns State Park

There is plenty to do inside the park! Kids ages 6-12 can earn a Junior Ranger button by completing the activities outlined in the booklet you can get at the visitor’s center. There’s also a Discovery Center scavenger hunt, an activity sheet, and a special patch that can be earned by Girl Scouts visiting the park. 

There is also plenty for adults to do, including:

Cave tours: Take a half-mile tour through the cave and learn how water helped in these amazing creations. You could also take the longer Big Room Tour and learn about cave fauna and the discovery of the cave. 

Hiking: You can experience the park above the ground, too! From an easy walk to a serious hike, there are plenty of trails throughout the area. 

Wildlife viewing: A variety of wildlife lives around the cave! Bring binoculars and keep an eye out for birds, insects, lizards, coyotes, bats, and lots of other animals live in the area. 

Outside Kartchner Caverns State Park

There are plenty of things to do in the Arizona desert! Learn more about the history and nature of the area, eat some delicious food, and bring home some unique souvenirs from your trip!

Restaurants

There are several places near the park where you can get delicious food!

Mi Casa

This tiny, yellow house with blue trim is so quaint, it doesn’t have a website. What it does have is delicious Mexican food, and possibly the only wait in the entire town of Benson.

Type: Mexican

Location: Benson, AZ

The Outside Inn

This restaurant of “fine dining, casual atmosphere,” features selections such as crab-stuffed shrimp, seasonal fish, duck a l’orange, and several choices of steak.

Type: Fine dining

Location: Sierra Vista, AZ

Shopping

Global Arts Gallery

With a variety of souvenirs from clothing to jewelry to folk art and home decor, the Global Arts Gallery is sure to have a unique gift to help you commemorate your trip, or for you to bring home for someone else!

Location: Patagonia, AZ

Sightseeing

The Town of Tombstone

The “Town too Tough to Die” is also the site of the famed OK Corral and the Boot Hill Cemetary. Walk the shops, see gunfight re-enactments, ride a stagecoach, and learn how life was in the time of Wyatt Earp. Prices vary, depending on activity

Location: Tombstone, AZ

Patagonia

This long-abandoned mining town is now rife with opportunities for hiking and wildlife viewing. Do some shopping among stores featuring unique handicrafts, or grab a bite to eat at one of the restaurants. The Nature Conservancy also has a riparian area that wanders through the Sonoita Creek near town. Patagonia Lake allows boating, fishing, and swimming. Prices vary, depending on activity.

Location: Patagonia, AZ

Amerind Foundation

Hidden in the Dragoon Mountains, the Amerind Museum features Native American artifacts and artwork and is still a functioning archaeological research center. Price: $10 for adults, $8 for kids.

Location: Dragoon, AZ

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How to Get to
Kartchner Caverns State Park

Kartchner Caverns State Park is just off Highway 90, south of I-10.  

Entering Kartchner Caverns State Park

There is an entrance fee of $7 per vehicle to enter the park. 

Visiting Kartchner Caverns State Park is a wonderful way to experience the beautiful landscape – both above- and below-ground. There are so many outdoor activities and ways to learn about the history of the area.  While you’re on your trip, don’t forget to tag us in your social media posts or send us a photo and some details at [email protected]. We may just feature your story on our blog or social media channels. Happy camping!