Arizona is mainly known for its deserts and cacti. However, the US State is also very mountainous, many peaks are even more than 2500 meters high. If you’re tired of the heat, you can cool off in the caves below these peaks – for example in the Colossal Cave near Tucson.
The Colossal Cave is now part of the Colossal Cave Mountain Park, one of the many national parks in the United States. The park covers an area of almost 10 square kilometers and is located about 45 kilometers from downtown Tucson on Interstate 10. it is best to take Exit number 279 at Vail, from there the nearly 12 kilometers to the cave are well signposted.
In contrast to many other US national parks, you do not have to pay for entry. The area is very well developed and has access roads and hiking trails as well as picnic tables, campsites, permanently installed Barbecue Grills, water points and toilets. Camping with Tent costs 7.50 US dollars (about 6.70 €), in your own motorhome or horse trailer 12 US dollars (about 10.50 €) per night.
On the south side there is also a riding stable, the Posta Quemada Ranch. If you do not have your own horse, you can borrow one here for just under 45 US dollars (about 40 euros) per hour and the children in the meantime in the petting zoo (5 US dollars or 4.50 euros for the day ticket)
Address: 16721 E Old Spanish Trail, Vail, AZ 85641
Phone: (520) 647-7275