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Benson

Your first stop in Benson should be the Visitor's Center and Chamber of Commerce. They converted the historic railroad station into the Visitor's Center and Chamber of Commerce.

Kartchner Caverns State Park

Kartchner Caverns were formed starting about 500,000 years ago when water began seeping into the mountains and eroded the limestone deposits. In 1974 two cavers slithered through a small gap in the rock and discovered a gigantic cavern. It was kept a secret dor several years until the owners were told and planes were made to establish a state park. Your first stop inside Kartchner Caverns State Park should be the exhibit center. They spent quite a bit of money to make it very informative and educational. This is also where you make resrvations to tour the Big Room (if it is between 15 October and 15 April) or the Rotunda Room (year round). Cost to see the Big Room is $12.95 (ages 7 to 13) and $22.95 (ages 14 and up), and cost for the Rotuinda Room is $9.95 (ages 7 to 13) and $18.95 (ages 14 and up), and free for children 6 and younger. Hours for the exhibition center are 7:30 AM to 6 PM daily except Christmas Day. They also have hiking trails, picnic facilities and 62 camping sites.

The Benson Museum

Another good place to stop is the Benson Museum. It has some interesting displays about the history of the town and they will give you a brochure for a nice walking tour of Benson (see my tip).

  • Last visit to Benson: Feb 2013
  • Intro Updated Feb 23, 2013
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    Jan 7, 2012 at 8:45 AM

    Wonderful page! I had my walking tour map, but sadly didn't have the time to explore it:( The caverns was another spot we had on our calendar, but never got that change either. Next time we venture this way, we are.

  • Apr 11, 2009 at 12:25 AM

    As an admirer of labor history, I found your tips pertaining to Benson's railroad era history to be fascinating. The Kartchner Caverns State Park info. was cool too.

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