Go deep underground at Grand Canyon Caverns

There’s a dinosaur in the driveway.

Close by there’s a miniature golf course and vintage hotel and restaurant reminiscent of the 1950s and 1960s era. A little further down the driveway there are horse stables, a rodeo arena, trails for hiking and biking and an R.V. park and campground.

Everything at Grand Canyon Caverns is designed to resemble a bygone era while still offering the comforts of 2016. It’s quaint and intriguing but the real secret lies 210 feet below the surface where tours are given in one of the largest dry caverns in the country.

The attraction is located 12 miles from Peach Springs, Arizona and five miles from Indian Road 18 that dead ends at the Grand Canyon where hikers and Grand Canyon enthusiasts begin their descent to Supai Falls deep in the interior of the Grand Canyon.

Starting in 1927, tourists began exploring the caverns, descending below ground suspended from a rope. Today visitors take the easy route, descending 210 feet or 21 stories, in an elevator. The elevator, completed in 1962, now takes around one minute to descend or ascend. Once you reach the bottom, there is just over a mile of concrete sidewalks that were installed using a chute from a hole in the surface where the cement was first mixed and sent to the bottom.

In addition to taking one of six different tours ranging from handicapped accessible to physically demanding cave spelunking, those visiting the attraction have the option to stay the night inside the cave.

The Cavern Suite, located 210 feet below the surface, is a complete hotel room, with two queen beds, a hideaway couch, T.V., shower, toilet, table and chairs and even comes with a basket of midnight snacks.

More information is available at www.gccaverns.com.