Thursday, November 30, 2023


Arizona’s Kartchner Caverns’ Star Party

Kartchner Caverns State Park near Benson, Arizona, is one amazing adventure — below and above ground.

For solar viewing during the day and “celestial amazement after sunset” don’t miss “Kartchner Star Party” on Saturday, April 7 and Oct. 13, 2018 between 2 -9 p.m.

Look at the magnificent skies through professional telescopes provided by the Huachuca Astronomy Club who will answer questions and discuss the elements of the Arizona sky.

Be sure to bring a folding chair, red light, sweater or jacket, and “enthusiasm to enjoy and conserve our beautiful night skies.”

There will be a special presentation by Dr. Grant Williams of the MMT (Multiple Mirror Telescope) Observatory in the indoor movie theater April 7 at 5:30 p.m.

While in the Discovery Center take a look at the museum exhibits, regional and educational displays.

Saturday, April 7 and Oct. 13, 2-9 p.m. Presentation: 5:30 p.m.
Also  enjoy Earth Day at Kartchner Caverns on Sat., April 21, 2018, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

If you go:

Kartchner Caverns State Park
on AZ-90, 9 miles south of I-10
Benson, Ariz.
Cost: $7/vehicle.
Latitude: N 31 50.134
Longitude: W 110 20.621

While you’re there:

If you want to make a day of it, arrive early and take in one of the two fascinating 1½ hour cave tours. 

The Big Room is open only half the year, from mid-Oct. to mid-April, because a resident bat population calls it home the other six months of the year.
Cost: $23/adults; $13/ youth 7-13; Under 7 years: Not Available.

The Rotunda/Throne Tour – On this tour, visitors will discover the role that water plays in creating the cavern and see the discoverers’ original trail.
Cost: $23/adults; $13/ youth 7-13; Under 7 years:$5

For tour tickets, reserve online or call (877) MY-PARKS. You can call seven days a week, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. MST.  Click here for complete Cave Tour Information Page

The Discovery Center is open Dec. 19-May 31 from 8 a.m.-6 pm.; and June 1-Dec. 18, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Kartchner Caverns State Park (Click here) RV and tent camping Fees: $30-$35. (All sites have electricity and water hookups).

For more information on the Kartchner Caverns read Tina and Russ DeMaris’ RV Short Stops article on “Arizona’s Kartchner Caverns a Great Summer Cool Spot.”

Julianne G. Crane
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Photo: Source: Kartchner Caverns State Park.

Julianne G. Crane
Julianne G. Crane
Julianne G. Crane writes about the RVing and camping lifestyles for print and online sites. She was been hooked on RVing from her first rig in the mid-1980s. Between 2000-2008, she was a writer for The Spokesman-Review newspaper in Spokane, Wash. One of her popular columns was Wheel Life about RVing in the Pacific Northwest. In 2008, Crane started publishing RV Wheel She and her husband, Jimmy Smith, keep a homebase in southern Oregon, while they continue to explore North America in their 21-foot 2021 Escape travel trailer. Over the years they have owned every type of RV except a big class A. “Our needs change and thankfully, there’s an RV out there that fits every lifestyle.”



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