A one of a kind Route 66 Attraction
When you look out over the expansive terrain along western Route 66 it’s hard to fathom that one man literally stumbled on what would come to be known as the Grand Canyon Caverns, one of Route 66’s most unique attractions, but that’s exactly what happened.
The Grand Canyon Caverns are the largest dry caverns in the United States, and third in the world, measuring the length of three football fields, and is 230 feet deep at its deepest point. As little as three percent of all caverns in the world are dry and this rarity sits right on Arizona’s Route 66 just about 22 miles west of Seligman. Being a dry cavern means that stalagmites and stalactites are virtually non-existent, but still there is incredible beauty to be found beneath the earth’s surface.
Other attractions to be found underground are the result of unfortunate creatures that wandered into the caverns over the centuries. The remains of a Giant Ground Sloth are still one of most exciting discoveries. Claw marks are still visible on the cave walls where the 2,000 pound creature tried climbing out, and a mummified Bobcat was found around 1950 and is believed to have fallen into the caverns about 100 to 150 years before it was discovered.
Today the Grand Canyon Caverns features a Motel, Diner, Gift Shop, classic Route 66 Gas Station, their own Airstrip, RV camping area with full hookups, a Rodeo Ring that regularly holds cowboy events, and of course the world famous Caverns. You can even spend the night in the Caverns! To learn more about this opportunity and exciting new things at Grand Canyon Caverns, visit their website at www.gccaverns.com.