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Kartchner Caverns State Park

Benson, Arizona


2980 S Hwy 90
Benson, Arizona 85602
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Sites: 62
Recent Rate: $$$$

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Latitude: 31.83573
Longitude: -110.34427

Elevation: 4562' (approx.)
Park Features
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites yes
  • Pets Allowed Pets Allowed yes
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access yes
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping yes
  • 55+ Only 55+ Only no
  • Kid Friendly Kid Friendly yes
  • Boondocking Boondocking no
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts yes
  • Dump Station Dump Station yes
  • Group Camping Group Camping yes
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot yes
Hookups
  • Full Hookup Full Hookup no
  • Electric (30 & 50 AMP) Electric (30 & 50 AMP) Electric (30 & 50 AMP)
  • Sewer Sewer no
  • Public Phone Public Phone no
  • Water Water yes
  • Cable/Sat. TV Hookup Cable/Sat. TV Hookup no
Connectivity
  • WiFi WiFi yes
  • ATT Cellular Provider ATT
  • Verizon Cellular Provider Verizon
  • Sprint Cellular Provider Sprint
  • T-Mobile Cellular Provider T-Mobile
Amenities
  • Restrooms Restrooms yes
  • Showers Showers yes
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities no
  • Camp Store Camp Store no
  • Pet Area Pet Area no
  • Propane Available Propane Available no
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar yes
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse no
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available no
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen no
  • Horse Camp Horse Camp no
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip no
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter yes
  • Restrooms: vault Restrooms: vault no
Recreation
  • Pool Access Pool Access no
  • Playground Playground no
  • Recreational Trails Recreational Trails yes
  • Rec Room Rec Room no
  • Casino Casino no
  • Fishing Fishing no
  • Beach Beach no
  • Biking Biking no
  • Boating Boating no
  • Golf Golf no
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities no
  • Horseshoes Horseshoes no
  • Mini-Golf Mini-Golf no
  • Outdoor Courts Outdoor Courts no
  • Pickleball Pickleball ?
  • Water Access Water Access no

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100 Reviews

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Review Count: 72
States Visited: 12
Helpful Reviews: 15

Date of Stay: April, 2019 - $30.00
Overall Rating:

We have stayed in this park a few times and like it very much. The driveways are wide paved and smooth. Th site are virtually level and easy to get in and out of. They WiFi network had plenty of signal but never had internet access when I logged in. The restrooms are spacious and clean. We will stay here again. The cavern tour is excellent and accessable to anyone. The water pressure is very low. We camped at Kartchner Caverns State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
6
Site Surface
Asphalt, Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

I suggest the cavern tour to anyone.

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Review Count: 30
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 6

Date of Stay: April, 2019 - $30.00
Overall Rating:

PROS: The park is plain but well maintained with beautiful surroundings. The spaces are long and wide though only a few are what I would consider level. The issue is front-to-back, not side-to-side, so 5th wheels and trailers shouldn't have much problem leveling, but longer motorhomes will find their front wheels well off the ground to get level in many of the spots. Also, the reservation system is sporadic at best. In fact, I was informed that there are actually four different reservation systems working for the park but only two of them are competent; the other two have problems often. We booked a pull-thru 50 amp site well in advance of our visit, and even paid for the entire stay in full when booking. However, when we arrived the space was a back-in, it was only 30 amp AND there was already another camper parked in it. The hosts and rangers went WAY above and beyond making it right for us, and we are eternally grateful for all their help, but they shouldn't have had to work that hard and we shouldn't have had to wait that long. The park deserves at least a 9, but until they get their reservation system(s) working properly they only get a 7. NOTE: The info I've included below in the site info section is for the site we were originally booked in, NOT the site we ended up staying in. The site they gave us to "make it right" isn't typically open to the public so it would be confusing to rate it here. We camped at Kartchner Caverns State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
39
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

The Kartchner Caverns are a must. We have visited many caverns across the U.S. and these are two of the finest we have ever seen. Book early; both caverns sell out quickly. Tombstone is also nearby. It's not exactly jaw-dropping, but it is quaintly entertaining. The Walmart Superstore in nearby Benson is one of the smallest superstores we've seen, but it's extremely clean, well stocked and reasonably priced.

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Review Count: 50
States Visited: 12
Helpful Reviews: 11

Date of Stay: February, 2019 - $30.00
Overall Rating:

One of the nicest campgrounds we've found! It's very busy this time of year so glad we made our reservation months back. Campground is well-designed for maximum privacy. Utility hookups are convenient. Host is lovely, and came to our site to check us in. There is beautiful vegetation and vistas all around. Campsites are very convenient to Discovery Center and Cave Tours. This is a great base to explore SE Arizona, so we will come for more than 2 nights next time. The Cave Tour was amazing. Hiking trails look nice too. We camped at Kartchner Caverns State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
KTC 49
Site Surface
Asphalt, Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 61
States Visited: 24
Helpful Reviews: 12

Date of Stay: January, 2019 - $28.00
Overall Rating:

This is among the best state park campground we have stayed in. Access for big rigs is excellent. We were greeted by the camp host upon arrival. One of very few drawbacks is the site. Ours was not level and required several blacks to level. Others were sloped as well. The site was clean and raked upon our arrival. It was a tight entry turn with a 40 footer. The guy across the road moved his truck and I was able to see and back up to make the entry easier. I could have backed in from the other side too. The site was wide enough for slides but a tree was too close for the patio awning. Great visitors center and museum within walking distance. The cavern tours are excellent. If you can get a site, the Rangers allow RV dry camping in the RV lot for the visitors center. We camped at Kartchner Caverns State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
57
Site Surface
Asphalt, Gravel, Grass
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Bensen is a 10 min drive, Sierra Vista about 15 min south. Tombstone was a 30 min drive. The park has easy hiking trails from the campground but no bike paths. State Highway out the gate was lightly traveled but not bike friendly.

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Review Count: 173
States Visited: 39
Helpful Reviews: 39

Date of Stay: December, 2018 - $35.00
Overall Rating:

This is a pretty State Park campground, with mountain views and hiking trails. There are good, paved interior roads. Sites are paved, spacious, and mostly level, with some shade. This is a great park for walking dogs, on trails or roadsides. We would stay here again. We camped at Kartchner Caverns State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
60
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my 5th wheel (had to disconnect)
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tips for other Campers:

Be sure to make an advance reservation if you'd like to tour the Caverns - very popular.

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Review Count: 5
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: December, 2018 - $32.00
Overall Rating:

Surrounded by mountains! Very easily accessible roads, great trails! Has clean restrooms and showers. Lots are sunny and open. Sites have concrete pads and feature a fire ring and picnic table. We camped at Kartchner Caverns State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Site Details

Site Surface
Concrete
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Campsite Features
Picnic Table, Fire Ring
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Breath taking caverns! Almost realistic!

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Review Count: 3
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: November, 2018 - $30.00
Overall Rating:

Great place to stay to see Cavern, Tombstone, and Pima Air and Space Museum. We camped at Kartchner Caverns State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Site Details

Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my 5th wheel (had to disconnect)
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Make a reservation for your cavern tour.

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Review Count: 49
States Visited: 23
Helpful Reviews: 4

Date of Stay: September, 2018 - $30.00
Overall Rating:

Great place to stay while touring the caverns and other local attractions. We camped at Kartchner Caverns State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
26
Site Surface
Concrete
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 72
States Visited: 12
Helpful Reviews: 15

Date of Stay: May, 2018 - $30.00
Overall Rating:

The setting is great. Lots of space between sites, the roads and sites are paved and easy to navigate. Everything is very clean. The power and water are easy to access. The sites are not perfectly level but our automatic leveling system did not have a problem compensating. The bathrooms and showers are excellent. I would have rated it higher but the lack of sewer connection at the site brings it down. We will stay here again. We camped at Kartchner Caverns State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
5
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 20
States Visited: 10
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: April, 2018 - $30.00
Overall Rating:

Would rate it a 10 if it had sewer hook up. Very nice park. Trees/shade, big rig access, dump had easy access. We camped at Kartchner Caverns State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
2
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 152
States Visited: 35
Helpful Reviews: 15

Date of Stay: April, 2018 - $31.00
Overall Rating:

This is a very nice State Park. The roads and sites were asphalt although most sites are quite a bit out of level. Hookups were water and electric only. It is an absolutely beautiful setting. The showers and bathrooms were clean. The hot water was warmish at best. I would really like to give this park a higher score but no sewer, poor wifi and no amenities to speak of. It's only an 8 out of 10. We camped at Kartchner Caverns State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tips for other Campers:

This is a very dark site --- perfect for astronomy or star gazing.

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Review Count: 64
States Visited: 21
Helpful Reviews: 15

Date of Stay: April, 2018 - $30.00
Overall Rating:

Loved Kartchner State Park! Sites are well spaced apart with Mesquite trees between. Can hardly see our neighbors! Restrooms and Showers are immaculate! Park is well maintained. Easy to navigate roads. Cool at night even in April. We camped at Kartchner Caverns State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
5
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Kartchner Caverns are rated number one in the US. Have two different cave tours- Big Room and Throne room. Big Room shuts down April 15 for six months to allow returning female bats to return from hibernation, hang around and give birth. Amazing formations! Tombstone is around 30 miles from Kartchner and is a fun touristy way to spend the day and $$. First time riding in an authentic stage coach!

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Review Count: 1
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: March, 2018 - $18.00
Overall Rating:

Great trails. Camp hosts kept sites and restroom/showers in great condition. We even had great wifi at a state park. We camped at Kartchner Caverns State Park in a Truck Camper.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
18
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my truck camper and a trailer too
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 13
States Visited: 7
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: February, 2018 - $30.00
Overall Rating:

Beautiful State Park - Lovely campground. Plenty of hiking. Clean, clean, clean. We camped at Kartchner Caverns State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
26
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Make sure to book a cave tour in advance of your stay! Very popular!

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Review Count: 22
States Visited: 14
Helpful Reviews: 5

Date of Stay: February, 2018 - $30.00
Overall Rating:

Love staying at this state park. Sites are spacious and nice hiking. First time we have taken a tour in the caves. Very nice experience in the beautiful cave. You must have reservations far in advance. Can't wait to go back. We camped at Kartchner Caverns State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
Site 38
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my 5th wheel (had to disconnect)
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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