Saturday, July 25, 2009

Kartchner Caverns State Park

One day the girls and I drove to Benson so they could see Kartchner Caverns. I didn't do the tour, but read the Sunday paper while they were enjoying the caverns. This was our only sight-seeing trip.

You are not allowed to take photos inside the cavern so I am including photos from post cards that I bought. The following information on Kartchner is from Wikipedia.
Kartchner Caverns State Park
located nine miles (14 km) south of the town of Benson (near Tucson) and is considered by many to be the "crown jewel" of Arizona's state park system.

The park encompasses most of a down-dropped block of Palaeozoic rocks on the east flank of the Whetstone Mountains in the Coronado National Forest. It is carved out of limestone and filled with spectacular speleothems which have been growing for 50,000 years and longer, and are still growing due to careful development and maintenance.


Please click on all photos to enlarge.

Photo 1) Flowstone Wall. 2) The Big Room. 3) The Big Room

4) Angel Wing Shield

5) Flowstone in the Strawberry Room. 6) Helicites {formations that grow in all directions.)


Looking to the Stars said...

Cool,I didn't know anything about these caverns. Glad you rested, looking forward to more :)

Vagabonde said...

Thanks for showing these interesting caverns. My husband is claustrophobic and never wants to get close to a cavern, so it is nice to look at your pictures.

Darlene said...

*Looking to the Stars - They haven't been open to the Public very long as you will read on my next blog. (Fingers crossed)

*Vagabonde - Will your husband get in in elevator? Caverns are definitely not the place for someone who suffers from claustrophobia.

Nancy said...


The pictures of the caverns were wonderful and I kept enlarging them over and over and still couldn't get over the detail and beauty of that place.

Thanks for taking the time to show them to us.

Your blog is better than a John Nesbitt's Passing Parade.

Am I the only one who remembers that feature at the movies?

Darlene said...

*Nancy - What a phenomenal memory you have. Some place in the dim recesses of my mind the name John Nesbitt rings a bell - well maybe a little tinkling bell. Thanks for the nice comparison.