Located a few miles east of Peach Springs, Grand Canyon Caverns consists of a series of natural limestone caverns. The Grand Canyon Cavern system is the largest dry cavern system in the United States and possibly in the world. The caverns are still being explored and documented by spelunkers, archaeologists, geologists and other varieties of scientists. The main cavern is accessible by means of an elevator. Guided walking tours are offered. The depth of Grand Canyon Caverns varies from 200 feet to 300 feet. With proper permission, professional spelunkers can explore areas not seen by tourists.
These caverns are not in the Grand Canyon but air comes into the caverns from the Grand Canyon through 60 miles of limestone caves, thus the name Grand Canyon Caverns. The temperature is a constant 56 degrees Fahrenheit and the humidity is only 2%. Because of this, there is no living thing, either animal or vegetable in the caverns. Not even insects. Germs are virtually non existent. Bacteria brought in by humans does not survive because there is no food chain.
During the 1963 Cuban Missile Crisis, the U.S. Government deployed enough water and food rations to the Caverns to support up to 2,000 people for up to 2 weeks. These supplies remain today and can be seen by all visitors who tour the caverns. Because of the constant cool temperature and lack of humidity, these supplies are still good after all these decades.
You might like to spend the night in the oldest, darkest, deepest, quietest, and largest suite room in the world. There is one room in the caverns you can rent for around $700.00 per night for 2 occupants. You will be 220 feet below the surface in a room that is 200 feet wide by 400 feet long with a 70 foot ceiling.
The suite has two double beds and a couch in the living room that folds out to a double bed. It also has a llibrary of old magazines and books dating back to the 1800s. There is an extra charge for each additional guest. You take an elavator down to your room and an employee is stationed up top if you need assistance. Remember, you do not have to worry about noises or bed bugs in this hotel.
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