Friday, October 21, 2016

Colossal Cave | Arizona

The other day I went to the Colossal Cave outside Tucson.  I've made it a point to see any caves or caverns in my travels.  There are dry caves and wet caves.  This was a dry cave, meaning there is no water filtering down from the surface.  If there is water flowing into the caves, that means formations are still being formed - stalactites, stalagmites and quite a few others.

The scenery from the top of the hill was typical Arizona desert, complete with Saguaro cacti, one of my favorites. 

Tours are given multiple times daily, and luckily, I was able to join a small group.  Our guide gave some history of the area and the caves.  It was discovered long ago by Indian tribes.   In the late 1800s, it was also used by cowboys who needed a hideout.  It's a great place to visit on a hot day - it's always 70 degrees in the cave, no matter how hot or cold it is outside.


The following photos show some of the items discovered when the land owner decided to open the cave for tourists. 

And then there are items used by the more recent explorers, as well as the CCC group that built paths through the cave to provide safe areas for tours.

And more rock formations.


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