A frozen waterfall
When you come out of the cave you can learn more about the park and its history in the museums, walk in the Sonoran desert or have a picnic in the picnic area. You can also visit the La Posta Quemada Ransch, a 128 year old working ranch, which offers horse and trail riding.
There are camping facilities in the park.
Colossal Cave Mountain Park is 22 miles from the center of Tucson. On a hot summer's day the cave is an ideal place to visit to get out of the heat as it reamins 70 degrees fahrenheit all year round. It can be equally welcoming on a cooler winter day too!
Colossal Cave is an amzing dry limestone cave. The basic guided tour - lasting about 45 minutes - takes you on a half mile walk around the caves. The experienced guides point out the main features, so you will learn a lot about the rock formations. Being a dry cave there is no water dripping, and the footpath is not slippery.
There are 363 steps to climb up and down during the tour, but the tour is steady, and in the comfortable temperature most people will take it in their stride. As well as the standard tours there are ladder tours for the more adventurous.
Enjoy seeing the geological features and learning about how they were formed, or simply amuse yourself by seeing shapes in the strange formations.
Passageways through Colossal Cave
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In the gift shop you can read about the legend of the outlaws who used the cave to hole up in after a heist!
The Colossal Cave was inhabitied by Hohokam Indians as evidenced by some of their pots found in the entrance, however they did not venture far in the cave, as without a reliable light source the darkness is inpenetrable. With no water or food the cave is uninhabited - except for bats!
Nowadays hundreds of species of mammals, bird and reptiles make the Colossal Cave Mountain Park their home. Bats are the most numerous inhabitants, either living here permanently, or using the cave to breed, or as a summer home.