Caves in Arizona
Bat Cave Mine Bat Cave was a guano mine. An aerial tramway was built from the mine to "Guano Point" on the South Rim. In 1975 the abandoned mine became part of Grand Canyon National Park, some remnants of the old operation remain at Bat Cave, and on the South Rim in the Hualapai Indian Reservation. Guano Point is still a popular stop for air tours from Las Vegas, Nevada. Tourists can inspect the remnants of the old mining operation.
Colossal Cave Mountain Park had been used for centuries by prehistoric peoples. Geologists surmise that the Cave has been dry from 2,000 to 10,000 years. Colossal Cave Mountain Park is located in Tucson, and near Saguaro National Park East.
Cave of the Bells is an underground wilderness, known for its unique and varied suite of minerals and formations. Cave of the Bells is located in Sawmill Canyon at the end of a four-wheel drive road on the eastern slopes of the Santa Rita Mountains. Lake Tunnel, one of its most notable and accessible passages, leads through a large room to a permanent lake far underground. The lake is a total of 80 meters below the entrance level, it is believed that the water in the lake is heated by sources far below. Cave of the Bells is locked and gated. To obtain access to the cave, keys are available at Forest offices in Nogales and Tucson, AZ.
Coronado Cave is about 600 feet in length, 20 feet high, and 70 feet wide with several crawl ways and passages. Coronado Cave includes numerous formations including stalagmites, stalactites, columns and scallops. The Coronado National Memorial invites you to explore Coronado Cave. The limestone that houses Coronado Cave formed about 250-300 million years ago when Arizona was covered by a shallow sea. Limestone is made of the broken shells and skeletons of ancient corals, sponges, shellfish, and other creatures. Coronado Cave is a great cave to introduce others to spelunking. Coronado Cave is located near Bisbee, AZ
Grand Canyon Caverns is a natural limestone cavern 230 feet underground. They are among the largest of dry caverns in the United States. Air comes into the caverns from the Grand Canyon through 60 miles of limestone caves. You enter and leave the caverns by means of an elevator. You will view Selenite and limestone crystals, unique "winter crystals," and Helecite crystals (a very rare form of Selenite). The Grand Canyon Caverns is on the section of Route 66 at Peach Springs, between Kingman and Seligman, AZ.
Kartchner Caverns State Park presents the Kartchner Caverns, home to one of the world's longest soda straw stalactites: 21 feet 2 inches, the tallest and most massive column in Arizona, Kubla Khan: 58 feet tall, the world's most extensive formation of brushite moonmilk, the first reported occurrence of Â“turnipÂ” shields, and the first cave occurrence of Â“birdsnestÂ” needle quartz formations. This Â“liveÂ” cave is host to a wide variety of unique minerals and formations. Kartchner Caverns State Park is located in Benson, Arizona.
Onyx Cave is a series of passageways and rooms that honeycomb an outcropping of limestone in the Santa Rita Mountains. To help preserve Onyx Cave Escabrosa Grotto, Inc., leased Onyx and gated the entrance in 1974. To obtain a key to Onyx Cave, and register your reservation, you must contact Escabrosa Grotto, Inc.
Peppersauce Cave is a limestone cave found in the Santa Catalina Mountains approximately 10 miles south of Oracle, Arizona. Peppersauce Cave contains approximately 1 mile of mapped passages.
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