If you have a passion for weird sightseeing travel destinations, you are sure to find yourself attracted to the Grand Canyon Caverns. This immensely popular location is situated on Route 66 in the Northern region of Arizona.
According to geologists, these caverns are the absolutely driest of all the caverns within the country. These may be accessed through an exploration elevator which descends down to reach the area.
The Grand Canyon Caverns are approximately 200 or more feet below the surface. The formation of these amazing caverns initiated about 345 million years into our past.
At the start, the caverns were situated at the very bottom of an ancient sea.
Most caverns today still have water seepage; however, the Grand Canyon Caverns do not. This fact, alone, makes the caverns quite unique.
In this guide, you will learn several facts about this unusual sightseeing travel destination.
Walter Peck’s Discovery
In the year of 1927, a young man by the name of Walter Peck was on his way to a poker gathering. At one point in his journey, he tripped. He found that he came exceptionally close to falling directly into a hole.
Once he arrived to his destination, he told his friends about the event. The next day, they all decided to explore this area. They were all equipped with ropes, a few lanterns, and a few other basic tools. One of the friends were lowered into the hole.
He discovered a vein that contained gold!
Walter Peck immediately purchased the land in hopes of mining the gold. Unfortunately, upon further inspection, the caverns only contained rust and iron oxide.
While disappointed, he had an entrepreneurial spirit. He elected to build a very basic elevator and charged people 25 cents to go down and observe where the skeletal remains of cavemen were previously uncovered.
The Grand Canyon Caverns Today
Take a walk through the Grand Canyon Caverns
Today, if you visit the Grand Canyon Caverns, you will enter through an elevator and with a trained guide. The elevator takes you down 210 feet. This is about the same length of a building that is 21 stories high!
You may choose to take one of four tours of the caverns. If you require the use of a motorized chair or a wheelchair, there is a specially-designed tour available to you, too!
You may take a tour every 30 minutes during the times of the year that are classified as “in-season”. Throughout the rest of the year, there is a tour about every hour.
One of the most interesting accommodations when visiting the Grand Canyon Caverns is the fact that you may stay in a special cavern motel room that is situated 220 feet below the ground!
Not one wild animal lives in the cavern; however, YOU may spend the night here!
If you are into weird sightseeing travel destinations, this trip is for you! We offer a multitude of special tours for your inner-adventurer!