Benson

and the San Pedro Valley

Home to Kartchner Caverns State Park, Benson is the Gateway to the Region for those coming from Tucson and Phoenix. Kartchner Caverns is in the Whetstone Mountains and is regarded as one of the world's most visually stunning caverns. While in Benson, you can also visit Gammons Gulch, a movie set that gives tours. The Holy Trinity Monastery is a favorite among bird watchers because of its 1.3 mile-long bird sanctuary. A great way to experience the town is by taking the Benson Historic Walking Tour.

For more information about Benson and the San Pedro Valley contact the Benson Visitor's Center at (520) 586-4293 or by e-mail at [email protected].

 

Benson Attractions

Texas Canyon.

People driving on I-10 between Willcox and Benson in Arizona are often surprised to come across an outcrop of gigantic boulders in the area, a geological collection known as “Texas Canyon.” The canyon frequently attracts climbers and photographers. View a video on the area.

 

Kartchner Caverns State Park. 

Kartchner Caverns was named the 2017 "Best Arizona Attraction" by USA Today Readers' Choice. Kartchner Caverns also won "Best Cave in the USA" from the same readers' group in 2016. Discovered in 1974, Kartchner Caverns is a 'live' cave where the glistening formations continue to grow and evolve. Highlights within the caverns include a 21-foot soda straw stalactite (one of the world's longest), a 58-foot column called the Kubla Khan and the most extensive formation of brushite moonmilk on the planet.

     Photo courtesy of AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, Christine Keith

 

Singing Wind Bookshop's Winn Bundy received prestigious Sharlot Hall award. 

Winifred “Winn” Bundy was selected as the 2016 recipient of the prestigious Sharlot Hall Award. Winn is best known for her unique Singing Wind Bookshop - located on an old cattle ranch near Benson. Since 1984, the Sharlot Hall Award has been presented each year to a living Arizona woman to recognize her contributions to the understanding and awareness of the great State of Arizona and its rich history. Read the story in the Benson News Sun.