Kartchner Caverns AZ State Park
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Cities & Towns
- Benson, Arizona: 12 miles north.
- Tucson, Arizona: 48 miles northwest.
- Willcox, Arizona: 49 miles east.
- Tombstone, Arizona: 12 miles south.
- Bowie, Arizona: 74 miles east.
- Bisbee, Arizona: 72 miles south.
Parks & Monuments
- Fort Bowie National Historic Site: 57 miles east.
- Saguaro National Park (East): 50 miles northwest.
- Coronado National Memorial: 63 miles southwest.
- Chiricahua National Monument: 87 miles east.
- Tombstone Courthouse State Historic Park: 12 miles south.
Recreation & Wilderness Areas
- Sabino Canyon Recreation Area: 57 miles northwest.
- Rucker Canyon Recreation Area: 38 miles south.
- Miller Peak Wilderness: 49 miles west.
- San Pedro National Riparian Conservation Area: 3 miles south.
- Cochise Stronghold Recreation Area: 42 miles east.
Historic & Points of Interest
- San Pedro Southwestern Railroad (Benson)
- Bammons Gulch (Benson)
Approximate Driving Distances from:
Flagstaff - 310 miles (498 km)
Phoenix - 160 miles (257 km)
Benson - 9 miles (14 km)
Sierra Vista - 19 miles (30km)
Tombstone - 28 miles (45 km)
Tucson Airport - 49 miles (78 km)
Kartchner Caverns State Park
P.O. Box 1849
Benson, Arizona 85602
Phone information (520) 586-4100
Phone reservations: (520)-586-2283
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