CAVE TOURS BY RESERVATION ONLY - please see Cave Tours page for other current restrictions. Masks are required when visiting our ranger stations, restrooms, stores, or inside the caves. Please also wear a mask while recreating outside if social distancing cannot be maintained. FIRE BAN in effect - no campfires or smoking (except in an enclosed vehicle).

Accessibility

Living Cave Accessibility Information 
 

Kartchner Caverns is recognized by Ability360.org!

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!

Accessible tours Kartchner Caverns

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 at 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: TWO 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 Caverns, please email the Parks ADA Coordinator at access@azstateparks.gov 
  • 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 automatically. 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 this limited lighting, those with medical issues such as poor balance, anxiety and visual problems should consider the day tours.