Arizona Trailblazers Hiking Club
Kartchner Caverns/Big Room Tour
March 7, 2009

Departure Time from Phoenix: 7:00 AM

Meeting Location: Einstein Bagels @ Ray Rd. & I-10

Length: 1/2 mile, easy

Time: 1 1/2 hours


The Kartchner Cavern story is about amazing discoveries past, present and future. Marvel at the many strange and colorful formations. Learn about the cave fauna, both living and ancient. Experience the wonder of the cave’s discovery and learn about new scientific research and discoveries as ongoing studies continue.

We will be exploring the Big Room, which has been open since 2003. The tour is a half mile long and takes an hour and 45 minutes to complete, one hour of which is underground. Children age 6 and under are not allowed on this tour. The tour is led by a trained guide and no items (bags, purses, packs, bottled water, etc) are allowed into the cave while on tour.

The cave has an average temperature of 70° Fahrenheit (21° Celsius) and 99% humidity year-round, so it will feel very warm and steamy. Most areas are dimly lit and some passages may pass through narrow or enclosed areas. This may be difficult for persons with mobility, respiratory or claustrophobia issues.

Read more about Kartchner Caverns.


$22.95 per adult,
$12.95 children 14 years and under (children 6 years and under not allowed).

After completing the cave tour, you may drive back to the valley or join us for lunch in Benson and a drive to Tombstone. Check out things to do in Tombstone.

Trip Leader:

This trip is still in the planning stage. Reservations for March 7 have not been made yet. I will be making the reservations AFTER I receive RSVPs and money. Please RSVP by Jan. 26 by calling Debbie @ 480-567-2728 or 480-219-8535. Tickets must be purchased well in advance as the tours fill up quickly. I must have YOUR MONEY by January 26 in order to purchase your tickets. You may pay me by email, cash, check, or money order.

updated March 12, 2009