Living Cave Accessibility Information
Read about the tour given to the team at Ability 360 by clicking the link above, and learn how they made their tour an exceptional experience for people of all abilities!
IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR A SAFE AND ENJOYABLE TOUR AT KARTCHNER CAVERNS STATE PARK
Every year, over 150,000 people, from every corner of the globe and of all ages and abilities, experience the caverns. The trail system inside Kartchner Caverns is one of only a select few that was developed specifically for people with limited mobility with their ultimate experience in the forefront of our minds! If not properly prepared for the tour however, the experience could be compromised.
A tour through the Caverns may be a very emotional and incredible experience for visitors-it truly is a special place! Our goal is that everyone, regardless of ability, is able to experience the cave and the wonders contained within. Before visiting the park, please read the following information about the cave for a comprehensive understanding of logistics, methodology, and safety.
LIVABILITY VISITS KARTCHNER CAVERNS: 2 MINUTE VIDEO to Help You Prepare for the Tour.
NOTE: Feedback from a specific focus group of persons with limited mobility and abilities has been included in many of the recommendations below.
- If you or a loved one has a disability and you want to share a story about your experience at Kartchner please email the Parks ADA Coordinator at [email protected]
- Most above ground and below ground areas on the park are accessible except for most parts of the hiking trails. (Hiking trails include uneven, unpaved surfaces; extended inclines/declines, steps, turns and miscellaneous obstacles such as rocks or logs.) Access to parking areas, campgrounds, picnic areas and buildings are designed to be wheelchair accessible. The Discovery Center doors are automatic or manually activated automatic. All restrooms and shower areas are wheelchair accessible but the doors are NON-automated and must be opened manually.
Note: The information provided in the links below pertains to the Park’s standard day tours. Kartchner offers a tour on Saturday nights only called the Saturday Helmet & Headlamp Tour –this exciting tour is done with the lights out –the only light comes from the headlamps of each tour participant. This tour is not available for children under 10. With limited lighting those with medical issues such as poor balance, anxiety and visual problems should consider the day tours