Colossal Cave Mountain Park

Now that racing season is over, we have to find other things to do on Sundays! So yesterday we spent some time at the Colossal Cave Mountain Park, located east of Tucson. It was a lovely day, with brilliant blue skies and moderate temperatures (only low 80s in the mid-afternoon).

Colossal Cave Mountain Park includes Colossal Cave, numerous picnicking and camping areas, and a working cattle ranch. At the ranch, you can hire horses for trail rides or you can bring your own horses.

The CCC (Civilian Conservation Corps) spent several years during the 1930s developing the cave area so it could be used as a tourist attraction, including building several buildings around it for headquarters and gift shops. At the ranch area, there is a museum dedicated to chronicling the work that the CCC accomplished at the cave.

We had decided before we even left that house that we would not be touring the cave, preferring to save that for a hot summer’s day. Instead, we wanted to do a little hiking, but not a lot of hiking and not very adventurous hiking. We picked a good place, as there is really only one trail designated for hikers and not horses, although we saw plenty of evidence that horses can’t read the signs!

A windmill at the ranch area.

One of the many saguaro cacti.

There were a couple of washes that ran through the park and along those are riparian areas that attract birds and other animals and also provide enough water for real trees to grow!

More saguaro cacti.

The view from the cave parking lot looking towards Tucson in the west.

Colossal Cave Entrance.

An ocotillo cactus reaching for the sky!

The cave entrance, headquarters and gift shop area.

It was a pleasant day and we enjoyed getting out and seeing something new. We will likely travel back that way again to tour the cave, but I doubt we’ll spend much time at the rest of Park, as it turned out to really not be our thing. Too much dust, too many cacti and too many horses!


  1. Missus Wookie

    That cave is accurately named – that entrance looked colossal. Dust, cacti and horses huh? Well, I’m sure someone likes it 🙂

  2. Cee Gee

    You made it look and sound like someplace I’d love to go, until the dust part. For some reason, stampeding horses stirring dust came to mind.

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