There are so many hidden gems in the Grand Canyon State, you never know what you could find. Only a short two-hour road trip away from the city, this crystal cave in Arizona is filled with breathtaking formations. 

Colossal Cave can be found at a historic park in Vail, Arizona. It's only about a two-hour road trip away from Phoenix too. The park is open year-round and cave tours are given daily every hour. 

If you love exploring caverns, you can make a daytime trip here. Classic tours cost $18 per adult and last between 45-50 minutes. 

When you begin your descent into the unknown, you'll have to go down 363 steps to see some formations like stalagmites, flowstone, boxwork, stalactites, and helictites. If you're not familiar with these, it's okay. Your guide will go over the history, legends, and geology of the cave.     

Unlike some other underground excursions, this one doesn't require the equipment and gear. The cave is always a cool 70 degrees Farenheight and is completely dry. So if you want to wear that cute new outfit you got, you can. 

If you and your friends want to do some exploring but don't want the extra hassle, this tour is perfect. You can even take as many photos as you'd like.

If you want more of an adventure, you can opt for a wild cave tour. It costs between $85 - $125 per person depending on whether you want a moderate or advanced excursion.

Hard hats and lights are provided, but you'll need to bring your own gloves and knee/elbow pads. If that sounds like your kind of adventure, it's best to make reservations as walk-in tickets aren't always available, so plan accordingly. 

When you're done with underground adventure, you can check out these easy hiking trails around Arizona. They are perfect if you want to bring your pet along with you. 

Colossal Cave Mountain Park

Difficulty: Easy

Length: Approx. 1-mile roundtrip

Address: 16721 E. Old Spanish Trail, Vail, Arizona  85641

Why you should go: This easy underground tour is perfect if you want to explore without the extra hassle. 


We 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.

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