This beautiful desert refuge has sheltered people for over a thousand years. It has been home, shrine, hideout, challenging workplace, exciting playground, tranquil retreat. Now on the National Register of Historic Places, the 2,400-acre Park showcases crystal-filled Colossal Cave and historic La Posta Quemada Ranch, a working ranch for over 120 years. Spend the day: take a Cave tour, browse in the historical museum, relax in the wooded picnic areas, hike, saddle up for a trail ride, sluice for gemstones—and explore our two charming Southwestern gift shops. Open daily. Just 16 miles southeast of Tucson on Old Spanish Trail.
The Colossal Cave stands true to its name. It is colossal! I was surprised to see lots of paths, tunnels and cracks leading to many other parts of the cave. Our tour lasted a bit more than thirty minutes but we covered a lot of territory. Our kids enjoyed seeing the stalagtites, the deep holes, and formations that looked like food. The fried egg and cinnamon roll were favorites. Our tour guide asked kids to be "jr tour guides" and hold flashlights for the guests to see down deep holes. They liked that!
The tour goes up and down lots of stair steps and past tight corners and low overhangs. Railings are adult waist high and offer no protection for little kids from falling down into deep parts of the cavern. This led to my husband and I having to hold tight to our 3 and 5 year old's hands and help them up and down steps. We enjoyed our tour but it was a lot of hard work for us as parents.
* No strollers or wheel chair access
* Kids in backpacks will be liable to get their heads bumped, so be aware.
* Temperature is a steady 70 degrees. Cool for the summer, but it felt hot in the winter. I was not happy I had my sweatshirt!
* It's best if young kids can walk and climb lots of steps without assistance.
Colossal Cave is so Awesome but if your afraid of tight spaces don't do it. Entry fee was decent, and the tour was great, it does smell like pee because of all the bats. Don't be frightened by the bats, they did;t once come out the whole time we where on our tour. There is a gift shop, no snack bar. I beleive there is a restuarant. I really enjoyed it.
went with three kids under seven. The yougest wasn't able to go down on the tour because he wouldn't stand still and stay with the group, and it;s stairs and all so not stroller friendly:) It was fine though. My husband took the older two and I stayed in the gift shop with the toddler. The store lady was so sweet about it. She refunded me our money for the tour and all! The pics were great my husband took so i will go next time we visit Az. The kids loved it and it was only a half hr.