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Benson, Arizona

Kartchner Caverns State Park

Benson, Arizona



Benson, Arizona
Phone: (520) 586-2283

Sites: 62
Recent Rate: $35 8/2016

Latitude: 31.835730050777
Longitude: -110.34426569939

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Campground Overview
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites yes
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access yes
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping yes
  • Restrooms (Plumbed) Restrooms (Plumbed) yes
  • Pit Toilets Pit Toilets no
  • Showers Showers yes
  • $0.00 Shower Fee Shower Fee 0.00
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities no
  • $0.00 Laundry Fee Laundry Fee 0.00
  • Dump Station Dump Station yes
  • $0.00 Dump Station Fee Dump Station Fee 0.00
  • Propane Available Propane Available no
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available no
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts no
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot yes
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter yes
  • RV Wash RV Wash no
  • $0.00 RV Wash Fee RV Wash Fee 0.00
  • Corral Corral no
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip no
  • Overflow Parking Overflow Parking yes
Hookups & Connectivity
  • Electric (30 AMP) Electric (30 AMP) yes
  • Electric (50 AMP) Electric (50 AMP) yes
  • Water Water yes
  • Sewer Sewer no
  • WiFi WiFi no
  • $0.00 WiFi Fee WiFi Fee 0.00
  • Cellular Phone Service Cellular Phone Service yes
  • Verizon Cellular Phone Providers Cellular Phone Providers Verizon
  • Cable or Satellite TV Hookup Cable or Satellite TV Hookup no
  • Phone Phone no
  • Central Modem Central Modem no
Amenities
  • Pets Allowed Pets Allowed yes
  • 0 Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) 0
  • Pool Access Pool Access no
  • Family Friendly Family Friendly yes
  • Playground Playground ?
  • Pet Area Pet Area no
  • Waterfront Waterfront no
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse no
  • Camp Store Camp Store no
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar yes
  • Business Center Business Center no
  • Group Camping Group Camping yes
  • Meeting Rooms Meeting Rooms no
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen no
  • Banquet Facilities Banquet Facilities no
  • Concierge Services Concierge Services no
Recreation
  • Walking Trail(s) Walking Trail(s) yes
  • Recreation Room Recreation Room no
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities no
  • Beach Access Beach Access no
  • Boat Ramp Boat Ramp no
  • Marina Marina no
  • Boat Rentals Boat Rentals no
  • Fishing Fishing no
  • Golfing Golfing no
  • Bike Path(s) Bike Path(s) ?
  • Bike Rentals Bike Rentals no
  • Hiking Hiking yes
  • Spa Spa no
  • Horseshoe Pit Horseshoe Pit no
  • Volley Ball Volley Ball no
  • Sports Field Sports Field no
  • Arcade Games Arcade Games no
  • Live Entertainment Live Entertainment no
  • Amphitheatre Amphitheatre no
  • Putt Putt Mini-Golf Putt Putt Mini-Golf no
  • Billiards Billiards no
  • Ping Pong Ping Pong no
  • Lake Lake no
  • Pond Pond no
  • River River no
  • Creek Creek no
  • Ocean Ocean no
  • Water Park Water Park no
  • Casino Casino no

Review Details

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61 Reviews

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Review Count: 30
States Visited: 13
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: August, 2016 - $30.00
Overall Rating:      

We will always opt for a State Park anywhere we go, so we have seen many along the way. This one is a great park. With mountains visible all around, the sunsets were breathtaking. Now this is desert land, so don't expect high trees for shade. The native plants are mostly cactus of one kind or another - and some do give shade, just not much. The sites are generously spaced from one another with give plenty of length for long rigs and trucks to park. They offer 30 and 50 amp electricity and water; no sewer at the site. Picnic table was set into the grass/weeds. No patio or shelter. We camped at Kartchner Caverns State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
55
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
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

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

The park has a very nice museum telling the history of the cave and some of the findings inside the cave. The offer cave tours for a fee, but we did not tour. There is a small cafe and gift shop on site. There is also a very nice cactus garden walk. If you are a hiker, there are several trails, but they come with a warning to watch for rattlesnakes.

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Review Count: 17
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: August, 2016 - $35.00
Overall Rating:      

Beautiful gem of a park! We pretty much had the place to ourselves, only 2-3 other campers. We made a quick overnight stop on our way through in order to visit the caverns. Trail from the campground to the visitor's center is a paved and short walk. Site was slightly unlevel but an easy fix. Park was easy to navigate through. No campfires allowed except at a community fire pit. Park was quiet, except for some loud cows in the ranch next door. Would definitely stay here again. We camped at Kartchner Caverns State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

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Clean Restrooms
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Clean Showers
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Review Count: 2
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: July, 2016 - $30.00
Overall Rating:      

We absolutely loved it here. We stayed a bit off-season, but the weather was gorgeous - not too hot during the day, and perfect in the evening. Plus, we nearly had the park to ourselves.

The views are spectacular, and the hosts very gracious. We really enjoyed the spotless showers while here, since there are no sewer hookups.

There is basically no cell service here (for AT&T at least), but there is WiFi throughout the park, and it is really fast. We couldn't make calls while here, but easily sent texts, planned activities, and stayed in touch, thanks to the WiFi.

Our site (44) was quite sloped towards the front, but we were able to make it work with our jack extension. Those without a jack extension or with rigs longer than 30 feet might be best choose another site. To be fair, we were warned by the hosts about this site, but we fell in love with the view and the afternoon shade.

Overall, we were extremely pleased, and cannot wait to return! We camped at Kartchner Caverns State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
44
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

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

Kartchner Caverns tour (1.5 hour duration), hiking nearby trails, Tombstone, AZ (we spent all day!), Walmart in nearby Benson for all your needs, easy access to I-10.

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Review Count: 47
States Visited: 14
Helpful Reviews: 5

Date of Stay: May, 2016 - $30.00
Overall Rating:      

Paved, some pull-thru, spacious lots. Some sites take a bit of maneuvering to level and keep tires on ground. $$ more than most, staff confused -- or micromanaged, and slope of asphalt makes this an 8. Dump area is small if there were a crowd. Easy access to cave & discovery center..must do cave-- worth it, but choose shoulder season (Nov, Dec, May) and make reservations ahead! We camped at Kartchner Caverns State Park in a Motorhome.

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Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Site Number
37
Site Surface
Asphalt
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade

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Review Count: 37
States Visited: 14
Helpful Reviews: 16

Date of Stay: March, 2016 - $30.00
Overall Rating:      

A very nice smaller, pretty AZ state park. Plenty of sites can handle big rigs, but the problem is most sites are not close to being level. Walking through the park, many units had front tires off the ground, or many blocks underneath. We stayed in sites 1 and 11, neither of which we could get level on. Another ding is the very poor water pressure. Sites 11&12 are ex ranger sites and have full hookups for an extra $5/night. We were disappointed in the cavern tour...expensive, rushed, and our guide was a bit of a dud. Some decent to great hiking trails nearby in the national forest with great views. We camped at Kartchner Caverns State Park in a Motorhome.

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Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
11
Site Surface
Asphalt
Campsite Features
Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tips for other Campers:

Mi Casa in Benson is amazing. Bisbee is a cool little hill town with cute shops and great restaurants. The fish tacos at Santago's were superb.

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Review Count: 62
States Visited: 13
Helpful Reviews: 20

Date of Stay: March, 2016 - $30.00
Overall Rating:      

Another nice AZ state park with plenty of room for the big rigs. Good connectivity with Verizon, using a booster. Marginal without the booster.
Great place to stay to explore the Caverns, nearby Tombstone and other points of interest in the area. Preferred the outside, back in sites to the pull thrus, more privacy, larger sites. We camped at Kartchner Caverns State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Site Details

Site Number
48
Site Surface
Asphalt
Campsite Features
Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tips for other Campers:

Benson and Sierra Vista are both 10-15 miles away, both with shopping / laundry options.

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Review Count: 47
States Visited: 23
Helpful Reviews: 7

Date of Stay: February, 2016 - $30.00
Overall Rating:      

This was the quietest campground we have ever stayed in. Fantastic long, sites that are paved and completely level. Nice separation between sites. Exceptionally clean, neat, and well managed. The caverns are within walking distance. Walking trails start in the campground and staff is very friendly. Really terrific park and I highly recommend it. We camped at Kartchner Caverns State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

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Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
50
Site Surface
Asphalt
Campsite Features
Picnic Table, Patio

Campground Details

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

Cavern tours, hiking trails, Tombstone is 30 minutes away, Tuscon is an hour. Sierra Vista was 30 minutes.

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Review Count: 12
States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: February, 2016 - $28.00
Overall Rating:      

State park campground adjacent to Kartchner Caverns. Campground is very nice (as well as the caverns). Nice sized spots; fairly new campground. Some hiking trails to enjoy. We camped at Kartchner Caverns State Park in a Motorhome.

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Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
C-49
Site Surface
Asphalt
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tips for other Campers:

Don't miss the caverns!! Gammons Gulch, Tombstone

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Review Count: 15
States Visited: 12
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: January, 2016 - $25.00
Overall Rating:      

Roomy spaces, quiet. well maintained state park with wonderful Caverns. Well worth your time. We camped at Kartchner Caverns State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade

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Review Count: 18
States Visited: 10
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: November, 2015 - $25.00
Overall Rating:      

We stayed overnight while visiting the State Park. Excellent RV campgrounds, large paved pull through. Would stay again when we visit the area. We camped at Kartchner Caverns State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
4
Site Surface
Asphalt
Campsite Features
Picnic Table

Campground Details

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

Visit Kartchner Caverns State Park, also only very close to Tombstone AZ.

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Review Count: 48
States Visited: 20
Helpful Reviews: 12

Date of Stay: October, 2015 - $25.00
Overall Rating:      

Kudos to the state of Arizona for providing another outstanding camping experience. Sites were level and spacious, staff friendly and helpful, and facilities spotless. We camped at Kartchner Caverns State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
11
Site Surface
Asphalt
Campsite Features
Picnic Table

Campground Details

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

The cavern tours are not to be missed for their uniqueness and beauty.

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Review Count: 89
States Visited: 33
Helpful Reviews: 6

Date of Stay: August, 2015 - $25.00
Overall Rating:      

Like several other Arizona State Parks, this unit has large sites with good 50-Amp power and water, with a convenient dump station. As others have mentioned, the online reservation system ($5 fee) does an excellent job of helping you pick a site. There is quite a bit of variability in the level of the sites; we were unable to get level in ours using the coach systems only; blocks were required. Access to the caverns requires a separate fee (advance online reservations recommended) and a short drive or moderate hike to the visitor's center. This park is a good base for visiting wine country down near Elgin as well as Tombstone and Benson. It is also a decent place for stargazing. We camped at Kartchner Caverns State Park in a Motorhome.

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Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
3
Site Surface
Gravel

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open

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Review Count: 22
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 5

Date of Stay: June, 2015 - $25.00
Overall Rating:      

June 29-30, 2015

Nice sites

Long walk to Visitor's Center from RV parking lot

Big Rig friendly

Excellent Verizon

Weird: The 50 amp outlets are upside down. We camped at Kartchner Caverns State Park in a Motorhome.

Clean Restrooms
Clean Showers

Site Details

Campsite
     

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open

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Review Count: 9
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: March, 2015 - $25.00
Overall Rating:      

Really nice state park with lots to do in the park and in the area. One big ding is that a lot of sites are really unlevel front to back. We were in 2 different sites and could not get level even with our air leveling system and blocks. Staff was very friendly. Some site have lots of space between them and others do not. Verizon signal was not very good (1 bar of LTE sometimes). Caverns are really neat and there are great hiking trails in the park. Convenient to Tombstone and Bisbee for day trips. I would recommend seeing both while your in the area. We camped at Kartchner Caverns State Park in a Motorhome.

Site Details

Site Surface
Concrete
Campsite Features
Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open

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Review Count: 43
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 16

Date of Stay: February, 2015 - $30.00
Overall Rating:      

We decided to stay one night at this state park on our way to another destination. We wanted to check it out for a possible return visit next year. The RV park area itself? It's wonderful. The spaces are widely separated and getting in and out is a breeze for even the biggest rigs. We will definitely stay here again for a few days next year on our desert trip. We camped at Kartchner Caverns State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
Space One
Site Surface
Gravel, Dirt, Grass
Campsite Features
Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tips for other Campers:

This park is adjacent to and part of the Kartchner Caverns State Park. It can be very busy and crowded with long lines for the cave tours, etc. There is a small cafe of sorts that offers a few sandwiches and snack items and a shop full of souvenirs and "stuff". If you are staying here and need groceries, etc. you will need to drive the 9 miles back to Benson where there is a Walmart and several grocery markets.

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