Route 66 @ Mile Marker 115 Peach Springs, AZ 86434
Fees: Varies, see tour information below
Summer: 8:30am-5pm Winter: 9:30am-4pm Closed Christmas Day
The Grand Canyon Caverns is a natural limestone cavern and the largest dry cavern in the U.S., located 200-300 feet below the surface.
HistoryThe caverns were discovered in 1927, when Walter Peck was on his way to play poker with his friends, when he nearly fell into a large, funnel-shaped hole. The next morning, he and his friends explored the hole, and with the help of a coal oil lantern, he saw glimmers of gold color on the walls of the tunnel. Walter thought he struck gold, and proceeded to purchase 800 acres to begin mining. To his disappointment, his discovery was not gold, but in fact, iron oxide (rust). But being an entrepreneur, he built primitive manual elevator and began charging $0.25 to enter the Caverns.In late 1935 during the Great Depression, the Civilian Conservation Corps struck a deal with Walter: He would furnish the materials and the CCC would build a new entrance to the caverns. When finished, entry was raised to $0.50 per person and the old entrance was sealed up.In 1962 during the Cuban Missile Crisis, the U.S. government stashed enough food and water rations to support 2,000 people for up to two weeks. These supplies remain there today and can be seen by visitors who tour the caverns.To read more about the history of the Grand Canyon Caverns, including the discovery of a Paramylodon harlani (a giant sloth, now extinct), click here.
TodayToday, the Grand Canyon Caverns and the surrounding land are privately owned and workers continue to discover new caves. Air into the caverns is drawn through 60 miles of limestone caves and crevasses all the way from the Grand Canyon.Visitors taking a tour will take an elevator 21 stories underground into the caverns where guides tour you through many rooms throughout the massive caverns. Because the caverns are so deep underground, the temperature is always 56° with zero humidity. Walking trails have handrails and there are benches along the way for resting.Five tours are offered, with the most recent Wild Tour available into the newly discovered caves. The Explorer Tour takes you off the beaten path for the more adventurous, and a Ghost Walk Tour is available for those searching for paranormal activity!During the tours, you’ll visit the Crystal Room, which contains stunning formations of selenite crystals. You’ll tour the Chapel of the Ages cavern and travel through a 160-foot tunnel to the Snowball Palace. See the mummified bobcat that fell into the cavern over 150 years ago and the remains of a prehistoric ground sloth. Tours are also available for those physically challenged or short on time. For a description of all tours, click here.
Wild TourLength: 2 hours, 30 min Price: $99.95 (+tax) Additional Information: Must be 8 years and older and in good shape. No discounts. Reservations required.
Explorers TourLength: 2 to 2-1/2 hours Price: $79.95 (+tax) Additional Information: Must be in good shape. No discounts. Reservations required.
Regular TourLength: 45 min (3/4 miles) Price: Adults $20.95; Seniors 55+ $15.95; Children 6-12 $13.95; 5 years and under free (all prices +tax) Additional Information: Advanced purchase recommended
Short TourLength: 25 min (can vary depending on participants) Price: Adults $15.95; Children 6-12 $10.95; 5 years and under free (all prices +tax) Additional Information: This tour is specifically designed for guests who are short on time or are physically challenged. Wheel chair accessible.
Ghost TourLength: Varies Price: Adults $22.95; Children 6-12 $16.95 (all prices +tax) Additional Information: Tour departs 5 or 6pm (depends on session). Limited to small groups.
- Months: Year-round
- Departure Times: Varies, depending on tour
Distance from Lake Havasu City: 109 miles