Grand Canyon Caverns, Hualapai Reservation

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The Grand Canyon Caverns (Havasupai: Ŧathiil Ñwaʼa or Ŧathiil Ñhaʼa, 35°31′44″N 113°13′54″W), located just a few miles east of Peach Springs, Arizona, lie 210 feet (64 m) below ground level. They are among the largest dry caverns in the United States. Dry caverns compose only 3% of caverns in the world. Because of the lack of water, stalagmites and stalactites are rare in the caverns.

During the Mississippian Period, 345 million years ago, the southwestern United States was covered by ocean. Skeletons of sea life settling to the depths, created a mud with a high percentage of calcium. This eventually hardened into the limestone bedrock seen in the caverns today. Over millions of years, the bedrock was pushed up to over 5,000 feet (1,500 m) above sea level.

Approximately 35 million years ago, rainfall flowed into the rock, and eroded passages that lead to the Colorado River and what is now the Grand Canyon. Millions of years later, the evaporating water left calcium deposits on the walls and floors, creating the formations that can be viewed today.

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  • Four of us took the tour, we had David as our tour guide. He was very informative. We took the long tour instead of the shorter one. (You can get a AAA discount or a senior discount). We are seniors.....  more
    Four of us took the tour, we had David as our tour guide. He was very informative. We took the long tour instead of the shorter one. (You can get a AAA discount or a senior discount). We are seniors.....  more »
  • This is a unique cave since it has an elevator that takes you into the earth several hundred feet, and then has a combination living room and bedroom where you can spend the night for a fee. The... 
    This is a unique cave since it has an elevator that takes you into the earth several hundred feet, and then has a combination living room and bedroom where you can spend the night for a fee. The...  more »
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  • Tickets for the Cavern Tour are $25 per person for adults. You take an elevator down into the cave and the guide takes you around the cave, showing you many different sites. It was a lot of fun, but the 45-minute tour took twice as long because our guide Dino was giving us a lot of facts. I enjoyed it but if you're limited on time, you'll need to budget more time just in case your tour runs longer than normal. You can reserve a ticket to eat a meal from the Cavern Grill in the cave. Also, you can book a night to stay in the cave as well. The tour guide said it's a popular attraction and the next time I come, I plan on booking a stay. There were 2 families in the group whose kids kept touching the caves and climbing on the rocks. It was very frustrating to see because the parents clearly didn't care (the adults were sitting on rocks and whatnot too) and the kids kept running into others in the group. It's sad to see the cave getting damaged because of careless visitors. I wish the tour guide was stricter with them because no one else was behaving that way and it was very distracting.
  • This had to be one of the most amazing experiences ever, there were a group with us that took the short tour. I would definitely recommend taking the full tour you will miss out on so much! Taylor was an amazing tour guide, and our group plans on coming back for the exploration tour and maybe even to stay the night.

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