Mystical caverns filled with living monsters sound a little terrifying, but luckily these monsters are just towering structures created by water. Kartchner Caverns in Arizona are living caves filled with giant stalagmites and stalactites. You can explore these ancient tunnels for a truly unique experience.\nWater continually drips from the rocky ceilings of these mystical caves, causing the towering formations inside to grow and twist into wild shapes.\nKartchner Caverns State Park sits in Benson, Arizona, and is a world wonder sure to entice your imagination.\nInside grows a giant monster not made of scales or smoke, but minerals from water deposits. The giant stalactite Kubla Khan sits at 58-feet tall and looks like something from the Jurassic Era, if not, another planet.\nThe Bell Canopy looks like a curtain of rock, and it is easy to imagine it was created by magic rather than nature.\nYou can explore the caverns and even say you watched as they grew right in front of you, though the actual growth of the structures inside is microscopic.\nView this post on Instagram Don't miss a rare opportunity for a photo tour inside the Rotunda and Throne Room at Kartchner Caverns...! Only offered a few times throughout the year, this is an opportunity for photographers to really get in and photograph the cave! Saturday September 16, from 4:30pm to 7:05pm! Participants will receive two full hours in the Rotunda and Throne Rooms to to take pictures! For more information about tours or to reserve your spot today call (520) 586-2283! #photography #caves #beautiful #art #science #kartchnercaverns #azstateparks #arizona #southwest #folk #artists #desert #southwest #tucson #mytinyatlas #folklife #vsco A post shared by Kartchner Caverns State Park (@kartchnercaverns) on Sep 7, 2017 at 8:53am PDT\nDiscovered in 1974, these underground caverns have been slowly growing over tens of thousands of years, and the life inside is delicate.\nBecause of this, cameras are only permitted on certain occasions inside the caves; otherwise, tours are held without photography.\nView this post on Instagram We won! Kartchner Caverns has been voted the "Best Arizona Attraction" according to USA Today Reader's Choice! A big thanks to everyone who voted! #bestAZattraction #kartchnercaverns #azstateparks #cave #bestcave A post shared by Kartchner Caverns State Park (@kartchnercaverns) on Jun 10, 2017 at 8:26am PDT\nIt's not hard to imagine a world filled with wizards and dragons guarding piles of gold and gemstones living in the tunnels.\nThey look like something straight out of The Hobbit.\nView this post on Instagram Inspiration is absolutely everywhere in nature. I visited Kartchner Caverns today and felt full and teary eyed with this incredible beauty. This photo is not mine (no cameras are allowed). I borrowed it from @kartchnercaverns If you're ever in Southern Arizona, you must visit! #kartchnercaverns #cave #naturephotography #naturegram A post shared by Samirah (@seedlingclayworks) on Jan 4, 2018 at 4:26pm PST\nTours cost between $23 and $30 and let you explore different caverns and rooms depending on your preference.\nThe caves are open May 19 to December 6 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m and December 7 to May 18 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.\nView this post on Instagram Thanks to all the nice rain that we have been getting, we are seeing a ton of water in the cave! Come see for yourself! • • • #rainrainstayallday #monsoonseason #kartchnercaverns #ThroneRoom #azstateparks A post shared by Kartchner Caverns State Park (@kartchnercaverns) on Jul 26, 2017 at 10:40am PDT\nYou can visit these otherworldly caves for a magical adventure outside the confines of a fantasy novel or movie script.\nKartchner Caverns\nPrice: $23 - $30\nWhen: May 19 to December 6 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m, and December 7 to May 18 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.\nAddress: 2980 Park Svc Rd., Benson, AZ\nWhy You Need To Go: These ancient caverns are still living and growing, and boast some impressive formations.\nWebsite\nWe strongly advise that before you go swimming or visit any location, you check the most recent updates on potential hazards, security, water quality, and closures. If you do plan to visit a location, respect the environment.