The Discovery Center is closed. All events and group gatherings have been cancelled or postponed through May 8. Tours at Kartchner Caverns State Park have been cancelled through May 8. Parking may be limited.
Arizona State Parks and Trails are open, but all events and group gatherings have been cancelled or postponed through May 8. Tours at Kartchner Caverns State Park have been cancelled through May 8. We remain committed to providing open spaces, hiking trails, and outdoor destinations for people to enjoy in small groups.
Group Day Use
The group day use area is located at the northwest corner of the main parking lot. The area features three covered ramadas, 18 picnic tables with one handicapped accessible table, water faucets and drinking fountains, 110 electrical outlets and lighting, waste receptacles and an area for a band and dancing. Optional use of a large covered gas grill and built in counter is available for an additional fee. All fees must be paid in advance when making a reservation. Fees are on a per day basis. Please make payment with cash, Visa or Mastercard at the front desk of the Discovery Center. Personal checks are not accepted for payment. Reservation fees apply to the rental of the group day use area only, all other per vehicle day use, camping, and tour fees are additional.
Covered group ramada capacity is 200-250 persons (can accommodate 50-100 more if utilizing the uncovered gravel area on the north side – no additional charge will be assessed).
Please leave the group day use Area in the same condition that it was found. Please clean the grill (if used) and place waste in receptacles. A refundable cleaning/damage deposit of $150.00 (which includes the Amphitheater area if used) is required when reserving.
50 people or less = $150.00 + $25 w/grill
50 to 100 people = $200.00 + $25 w/grill
100 to 200 people = $450.00 + $25 w/grill
200+ people = $600.00 + $25 w/grill
Catering must be arranged through park concessionaire, Aramark, or you can receive permission from Aramark to arrange your own catering. Aramark's phone number is 520-586-4166.
Has a raised platform with electrical outlets. Seating capacity is 200-250. $50.00 per hour.