Discover Kartchner Caverns State Park's Mining History at Special Programs in March

March 9, 2017

PHOENIX - March 2017 is about discovery at Kartchner Caverns State Park, voted Best Cave in the USA by USA Today Readers in 2016. Special programs offered this month will give visitors the opportunity to learn about the mining history of the area. While at Kartchner, take a guided cave tour, explore in the Discovery Center, hike the trails, camp with a tent, RV, or luxuriate in one of the new camping cabins, and enjoy nearby attractions in Benson, Bisbee, Sierra Vista and Tombstone.
 
Historic and Recent Mining in the Kartchner Caverns Area - Saturday, March 18 at 2 p.m. - Join Ranger Mike Woods for a talk on historic and recent mining in Kartchner Caverns State Park and the surrounding Coronado National Forest. Ranger Mike will discuss methods from Europe that were used for mining here in the Southwest by the Spanish, Mexicans and early Americans, what ore minerals were found on the park and nearby Coronado National Forest, and the benefits of these minerals to the nation and what was the legacy of the area's mining.
 
Hike to the Mines in the Kartchner Caverns State Park - Saturday, March 25 at 2 p.m. - Join Ranger Mike Woods for a hike to visit historic mines and mining equipment on the park. See three tungsten mines, a powder magazine building, and the ruins of a small gravity concentrator (stamp) mill. The hike will start at the park's amphitheater and will be one mile in total. This is a moderate hike and suitable for all ages. Please wear boots and hats and bring water, sunscreen and snacks. The hike will last approximately 1 ½ to 2 hours.
 
The cost is the park entrance fee of $7 per vehicle. Visit AZStateParks.com/kartchner for more information. Make a tour or camping reservation at 1-877-MY-PARKS or AZStateParks.com. Make a reservation for a cave tour in advance and the park entrance fee is waived.
 
Ranger Mike Woods has been with Arizona State Parks and Kartchner Caverns State Park for 15 years. He has been researching historic mining on the park and nearby areas since 2002. He received his B.A. in Anthropology (primarily archaeology and physical anthropology) at San Jose State University and an M.A. in Cultural Resources Management at Sonoma State University.
 
WHAT:  Special Mining Programs in March 2017
 
WHERE:  Kartchner Caverns State Park - Located on Highway 90, nine miles south of I-10 near Benson.
   
WHEN:  Saturday, March 18, 2017 at 2 p.m. (Lecture) and Saturday, March 18, 2017 at 2 p.m. (Hike)

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