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Wind Yourself Down: 7 Best Things To Do In Benson, Arizona

Wind Yourself Down: 7 Best Things To Do In Benson, Arizona
Annette
Annette
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What gives in Benson, Arizona? To begin with, the weather here is pretty is easy to deal with. The city was founded in 1880 during the mining boom in Arizona.

Here in its vicinity, you will be able to absorb the Old Western culture and delve deep into its railroad heritage. Walk along its river-valleys and soak in the sights that will refresh any weary set of eyes. Yes, this place is eccentric in its own way, yet special too. One that deserves a nod on your travel plans. Here’s what you can do while you’re at Benson, Arizona.

1. The Thing

The Thing
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The Thing beckons roadside travelers around Arizona with many billboards across its highways. Travelers who have visited The Thing talk about the realistic-looking mummy pair; that of a mother and her child. The mummies are apparently the creations of Homer Tate. Entrance to The Thing costs 1 USD for adults and 0.75 USD for kids. When you’re done looking around at the awesome exhibition pieces here, get some souvenirs and head on to the next attraction of Benson!

The Thing

Address: 2631 Johnson Rd, 85602 Benson, AZ

Website: The Thing

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2. Kartchner Caverns

Kartchner Caverns
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The highlight of this state park has got to be its show cave, which runs for 3.9 kilometers (2.4 miles). Kartchner Caverns was discovered by the local cave explorers in 1974 and is full of alluring speleothems that have been growing for more than 50,000 years. These interesting speleothems are still growing to this day.

Two major parts of the cavern are open to the public - the Big Room, which has the most comprehensive formation of brushite moon milk, and the Throne Room, which hold’s one of the globe’s longest soda straw stalactites. How long exactly? It stands at a mighty 6.5 meters (21 feet and 2 inches).

Kartchner Caverns

Address: Highway 90, 9 miles (14 km) south of Interstate 10, 85602 Benson, AZ

Website: Kartchner Caverns

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3. Whetstone Mountains

Whetstone Mountains' Apache Peak
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This picturesque place lies within the Cochise County range, at the Coronado National Forest. Whetstone Mountains can be accessed by foot, through the hiking trails of Kartchner Caves State Park. History tells us that Whetstone is the very place where Wyatt Earp fought in a good old’ cowboy gunfight, back in 1882. The highest peak is Apache Peak, which reaches the height of 2,351 meters (7714 feet).

Whetstone Mountains

Address: Highway 90, 9 miles (14 km) south of Interstate 10, 85602 Benson, AZ

Website: Whetstone Mountains

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4. Gammons Gulch


Ever wondered what it would be like to visit a real-life ghost town? Gammon Gulch delivers just that to you, complete with a full-scale movie set and a museum to educate you on its history on movie filming too! The site has been used for many movie shots and even for music videos too. The Gammons still run the place, and you’d be amazed by the tales that the tourist guides bring to life behind each movie set and the films that have been shot here. The sets include a jail, a saloon and a mercantile store. Do note: there’s no gift store at Gammon Gulch.

Gammons Gulch

Address: 331 W Rockspring Lane, 85602 Benson, AZ

Website: Gammons Gulch

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5. Benson Visitor Center

Benson Visitor Centre
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If you’re not sure on where to go in Benson, drop by its resourceful visitor center. The staff has been acclaimed for being friendly and helpful, and you’ll also have a chance to discover the displays within. Leave with a couple of informative leaflets, and admire the model train that runs all about the room.

Benson Visitor Centre

Address: 249 E 4th St, 85602 Benson, AZ

Website: Benson Visitor Centre

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6. Butterfield Overland Mail Station ruins

Map of the Stations in 1860
Source: wikipedia

The Butterfield Overland Mail Station was founded by John Butterfield back in the 1800s. The Apache Pass station and the Dragoon Springs station is part of the series of stations which run around Tucson and the Arizona border. The ruins consist of the former walls of the stations. A mighty historical site to visit if you’re interested in the history of railways in America.

Butterfield Overland Mail Station

Address: Interstate 10 East, Dragoon Road, Exit 318

Website: Butterfield Overland Mail Station

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7. San Pedro Golf Course


Who says you have to leave your golf cravings behind when you’re in Benson? The 18-hole golf course was completed in 2003 and is a public golf course that provides access to golfers to play at a reasonable price. The golf course rates start at 25 USD. Don’t forget to check out the Benson City Grille for a quick bite. We hear that their Baby Back Ribs Basket and Grilled Buffalo Chicken Sandwich are to die for!

San Pedro Golf Course

Address: 926 N Madison Ave, 85602 Benson, AZ

Website: San Pedro Golf Course

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It's always interesting in Benson

Yes, the town certainly has its old day charm to it. If you’re up for a glimpse into what the old West looked like, it’s time to buy your tickets and find your way down here. Take a good look at its intriguing architecture and otherworldly scenic sites. We bet that you’ll return home with treasure and smiles lining your faces.

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