Colossal Cave State Park, Tucson
This cave is on the National Register of Historic Places. It had been used by historic early people, and later by train robbers. This is a dry cave and is an unusual 70 degrees year round. We really enjoyed it, but we thought the price of $7.50 a little high as you only were show a half mile long section of the cave in about a 45 minute time span. There were some nice formations of “bacon”, flowstone, boxswork, helictities, stalactites, stalagmites, and towers. Unfortunately many of the stalactites had been broken off in the early days before the came was protected. Even so I am glad we went, as I always enjoy caves. March 15 – September 15, tours are available Monday through Saturday 8 – 6, Sunday and holidays 8 – 7. During the rest of the year tours run daily 9 – 5. Price in 2003 was $7.50 for adults and $4 for children ages 6-12. If you enjoy horseback riding, there are also trail rides in the park at the cost of $25 for the first hour, and $20 an hour after one hour. The address for the cave is 16711 E. colossal Cave Rd., Vail, AZ 85701. To reach the cave follow I-10, take the 279 exit, then go north on SR 83 to Colossal Cave Rd.
Colossal Cave Mountain Park: This beautiful desert park, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, features daily guided tours of Colossal Cave. Over the centuries, Colossal Cave, with its complex passageways and myriad crystal formations, has been a shelter for prehistoric people, a bandits’ hideout, an exciting dangerous playground, & a challenging workplace. The Park also offers off-route Cave tours, Western trail rides, and cool wooded picnic areas. Take Interstate 10 east to the Vail/Wentworth exit, then 7 miles north. Mar.- Sept.: Mon.-Sat.; 8am-6pm: Sun. & holidays; 8am-7pm: Sept.-Mar.: Mon. – Sat.: 9am – 5pm; Sun. & holidays: 9am-6pm. (520) 647-7275