Wednesday, 5 August 2015

The Caves Of Xanadu

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The caverns were discovered in 1974, when cavers Gary Tenen and Randy Tufts found a narrow crack in the bottom of a sinkhole, and followed the source of warm, moist air toward what ended up being more than 2.5 miles of pristine cave passages.

Hoping to protect the Caves of Xanadu from vandalism, they kept the location a secret for fourteen years. They gained the cooperation of the Kartchner family and approached Arizona State Parks. The discovery of the cave was finally made public in 1988 when the landowners sold the area to the state for development as a park and show cavern.

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