For all of you who may be snowed or frozen in I thought that I would share a few pics and all from my between Christmas and New Year's trip to SE Arizona. My first stop was at Kartchner Caverns which is just south of Benson, AZ. It is a realitively new State Park at just over 10 years old now. I was able to get a campsite ($22 per night with electric) which was large and had a nice view and was close to the shower house and all. Luck was also with me as I was able to get a same day ticket for a tour of the cavern. If you plan to go there ever, one needs to have purchased their tickets prior to insure a tour. My ticket for the "Large Room" was $22.95, the other tour is near $19 I think (for adults). I was a bit surprised that this was a warm cave.....71 degrees and humid. It was only 50's outside, so it did feel good inside. The tour was awesome with all kinds of formations to look at, a very knowledgeable Ranger, and an easy walk on the trail. This is a 95% living cave and they have taken many measures to keep it that way and to preserve it for future generations. On a side note, NO bags, cameras, purses, etc. are allowed, so leave them in your car. They have a nice gift shop to purchase post cards and other things.
There was a rain/sleet storm overnight there, but was warm as toast in my Scamp
. In the morning, I went for a hike around the park and to the top of the mountain there. Was pretty cold and cloudy, so the view from the top was of the little rock creature that someone prior had made. Was some snow along the trail, and the higher mountains were quite white. This trail worked the legs and lungs pretty good, but the views and fresh air were certainly worth it. Here are some pics from around Kartchner Caverns State Park.