State Park - Arizona
In November 1974, Gary Tenen and Randy Tufts were exploring the limestone hills at the eastern base of the Whetstone Mountains. They were looking “for a cave no one had ever found” and found it. The two kept the cave a secret until February 1978 when they told the property owners, James and Lois Kartchner, about their awesome discovery. Since unprotected caves can be seriously damaged by unregulated use, they knew the cave had to be protected. Tenen and Tufts spent several years looking into the possibility of developing the cave themselves. Some members of the Kartchner family lived in Tucson and were very impressed with the development and operation of Catalina State Park by Arizona State Parks. They decided to approach State Parks to see if the agency was interested in acquiring this outstanding resource.
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AZ Surface Management Responsibility - Cochise County
Cochise County Map of Arizona Surface Management Responsibility. Published by Arizona State Land Department and U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM).
AZ Surface Management Responsibility - Arizona State
Statewide Map of Arizona Surface Management Responsibility. Published by Arizona State Land Department and U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM).
Kartchner Caverns - Brochure and Map
Brochure and Map of Kartchner Caverns State Park (SP) in Arizona. Published by Arizona State Parks & Trails.
Arizona State Parks - State Parks and Trails
Brochure and Map of Arizona State Parks and Trails. Published by Arizona State Parks & Trails.