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Old 01-05-2009, 02:35 PM
 
Location: Phoenix
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I am going to be in Tucson for a week and I was looking for things to do that I haven't done yet down there.

I was thinking of visiting one of these caves? Both look appealing online, but do not offer great pictures.

Colossal cave is cheaper so I am leaning towards that one?
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Old 01-05-2009, 02:51 PM
 
Location: SE Arizona - FINALLY! :D
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No contest - Kartchner Caverns hands down.
Colossal Cave was a colossal disappointment. The stalactites and stalagmites were mostly all broken off and the cave has a general "vandalized" appearance. Kartchner Caverns on the other hand is PRISTINE - and they intend to keep it that way. It was virtually a state secret for 2 decades before it was opened to the public and before they did so they made sure that vandals would not ruin it and in fact neither would the outside air. You go through a series of heavy metal sealed doors to enter the place. It's like going into Fort Knox.

Ken
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Old 01-05-2009, 02:58 PM
 
Location: Phoenix
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No contest - Kartchner Caverns hands down.
Colossal Cave was a colossal disappointment. The stalactites and stalagmites were mostly all broken off and the cave has a general "vandalized" appearance. Kartchner Caverns on the other hand is PRISTINE - and they intend to keep it that way. It was virtually a state secret for 2 decades before it was opened to the public and before they did so they made sure that vandals would not ruin it and in fact neither would the outside air. You go through a series of heavy metal sealed doors to enter the place. It's like going into Fort Knox.

Ken
Thanks for the info, I found a site with good pictures and since Kartchner is a live cave, it is much more colorful I guess?

I might pay a visit, how far of a drive would it be from oro valley?
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Old 01-05-2009, 03:22 PM
 
Location: SE Arizona - FINALLY! :D
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Thanks for the info, I found a site with good pictures and since Kartchner is a live cave, it is much more colorful I guess?

I might pay a visit, how far of a drive would it be from oro valley?
A bit over an hour (depending on traffic) - maybe an hour and quarter. It's about 50-55 minutes or so from downtown Tucson. Again, a lot depends on the traffic you experience getting from Oro Valley into Tucson and then through Tucson on the freeway.
Quite a bit to see in the visitor center (which is VERY NICE) so if you get there early it's no big deal (in fact I recommend doing so).

Ken
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Old 01-05-2009, 03:25 PM
 
Location: Phoenix
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Any recommendations on what to wear? I was not sure if it would be cold in the cave.
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Old 01-05-2009, 03:35 PM
 
Location: Tucson!
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I agree, Kartchner is awesome. Bring a jacket, it will be cold. We went two July's ago and although it was super hot outside, it was cold inside.

Ditto on the visitor center as well.
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Old 01-05-2009, 03:49 PM
 
Location: 900 miles from my home in 80814
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I've been to Colossal Cave, and it's a "dry" cave, and not very interesting. I haven't been to Kartchner, but friends have and said it's a "wet" cave and so very worth the money. They needed advanced reservations, but that was a couple of years ago, I don't know if you do now.
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Old 01-05-2009, 03:50 PM
 
Location: Phoenix
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I found some openings for this weekend, thanks guys.
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Old 01-05-2009, 05:11 PM
 
Location: Tucson, AZ - The mountains are free here.
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We went to Kartchner this past summer and ... it was okay. Definitely not the awesome time I thought it would be. Actually, I was more bored than entertained -- the whole thing is this big, long, don't touch, don't talk, don't breath too heavy, sit here, look at this, very guided tour.

I understand WHY they do this, but it was DULL. Any cave that is wheelchair accesable just isn't that interesting. When you make it that safe and cozy, you lose all the fun.
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Old 01-05-2009, 05:16 PM
 
Location: Phoenix
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Which room is better, the rhonda or big room tour?
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