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  1. Charles Hendricks

    I realize it’s a long way from Verde Valley TT, bjut the Kartchner Caverns should not be missed. This is one of the few known ‘live’ caverns. Ypu’ll see them in amazing color.
    On I-109, exit 302. South on AZ 90 about 9 miles.
    Enjoy!

  2. Julia Lessenberry

    We have visited the Merrimac Caverns in MO. They are very beautiful and cool. Plan to take at least 1 to 2 hours for the guided tour.

  3. Rich Aubert

    We toured the “Big Room”, one side of Kartchner Caverns outside of Tucson, AZ, while camping at Voyager RV Resort. The caverns are part of a living limestone cave in which bats hibernate and reproduce from April 16 until the middle of October. So the Big Room is only open for tours from Oct. to April 15th to protect the bats from human intervention. The rest of the cave is open all year, and both sides of the cave are breathtaking in their formations and colors. Kartchner Caverns have been voted the #1 living caves in the U.S.

    We also walked through the caverns a thousand feet down inside Lookout Mountain in Chattanooga, TN to reach Ruby Falls underground. We camped in Natchez Trace RV Resort to see the caves. Ruby Falls is the highest underground falls in the world!

  4. LJ Gillispie

    I have been to 3 caves near where I live. The closest is Shasta Caverns located near I-5 and Shasta Lake. Pay for the whole tour: ferry boat across the lake, bus up the mountain, and the guided tour through the caves. This cave is good for families with children and school field trips. Be prepared for a lot of steps to see everything. The next closest cave is the smallest. It is named Subway Cave and is located along Hwy 89 north of Lassen Volcanic National Park and the tiny town of Old Station. It is self guided with stairs at either end. Bring a flashlight and look for the markers to read. The third cave is a little further away in Oregon. Located in southern Oregon, off Hwy 199 on a smaller Hwy 46, it is called Oregon Caves and is not for small children due to its length and numerous steps.

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