The Benson River Is a small river that runs between Kathleen lake and Benson Lake. This is a fly-fishing and catch and release river. The river has a great rainbow trout fishery and some of them can get pretty big, fun on a fly rod for sure. The area has some great hiking and some really cool caves to explore.
The area is full of wildlife and there is a good chance to see black bears, roosevelt elk, blacktail deer, cougars, wolves, and maybe some smaller creatures like raccoons, pine martins, or squirrels. The birdlife here is pretty awesome, with lots of songbirds, woodpeckers, and birds of prey. There are quite a few owls here with even a few screech owls.
There is a magical karst system in the area around Benson River, here you can see the Devil’s Bath, it’s a huge cenote that is formed in a very large bowl of rock, its water is constantly filled by an underwater cave that connects to the Benson River. You can also see the disappearing river, this is another beautiful place, where the river flows down a canyon and into a cave that drops down quite a way. Another two km further along and it reappears again.
The Eternal Fountain waterfall is another great spot to visit, this is such an awesome sight, it’s an underground river that pops out of a rock wall and disappears back into the ground below with only a waterfall showing where it surfaces, truly an amazing sight. If you go behind the waterfall, you will find a hidden cave that follows the water as it flows down, until it drops into a hole and is gone.