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Entrance to Colossal CaveWelcome to Colossal Cave Mountain Park Online!

As you browse our website we hope to show you some of the beauty of our Mountain Park, including the Cave.

Explore the different sections of this site to experience the area's history,  meet some of our abundant wildlife, learn about our educational resources and facilities , check out our Special Events and don't forget the FAQs section to answer some of the most commonly asked questions. If you're feeling a little batty, take a look at our Bats and More Bats page.

Of course, any time you are in Sunny Southern Arizona, feel free to drop by in person. The temperature in the Cave is always a cool 70°F.

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Our Mission
To maintain the unique balance of Colossal Cave Mountain Park - the land, its history, and its ecosystems - for this and future generations.

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A Tribute to
Joe Maierhauser,
Park Operator
1956-2007.


The cave is called "dry" or "dormant" which means that, due to a lack of water, the formations are not growing right now.

Colossal Cave, which is on the National Register of Historic Places, had been used for centuries by prehistoric peoples when it was "discovered" in 1879. Since then it has been the object of interest and attention by people ranging from train robbers to a President of the University of Arizona. The first tours were taken through the unimproved Cave in 1923, tours which involved ropes and lanterns.

Thanks to the Civilian Conservation Corps, who constructed the buildings, walkways, and wiring in the mid-1930's, today's tours are very comfortable. The hand-set flagstone walkways and handrails are exactly as installed by the CCC. These days, however, Colossal Cave is wearing new lights and is more breathtakingly beautiful than ever before. (We're proud to say that the lights are energy-saving compact fluorescents.)

Learn more about the history of Colossal Cave Mountain Park with our Timeline.

 

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Fast Facts on the State of Arizona!
Slogan:    
The Grand Canyon State
Statehood:    
1912 - 48th State
Area:    
113,956 square miles, sixth-largest state in the U.S.
Population:    
2002 - 5,472,750
Capital:    
Phoenix
Colors:    
Blue and Gold
Motto:    
Ditat Deus (God Enriches)
Bird:    
Cactus Wren
Flower:    
Saguaro Cactus Flower
Tree:    
Palo Verde Tree
Mammal:    
Ringtail
Butterfly:    
Two-tailed Swallowtail
Fish:    
Apache Trout
Reptile:    
Arizona Ridgenosed Rattlesnake
Amphibian:    
Arizona Tree Frog
Gemstone:    
Turquoise
Fossil:    
Petrified Wood
Neckwear:    
Bolo Tie

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