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“Dumpy, but worth a stop.” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Grand Canyon Caverns

Grand Canyon Caverns
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Owner description: These caverns began forming 300 million years ago and contain mummified remains of animals that died in them.
Bonsall, California
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“Dumpy, but worth a stop.”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 20, 2013

We stayed in Kingman and decided to make the effort to drive along Rt 66 to tour the caverns. The drive takes a little over an hour along Rt. 66, which is easy, traffic free and scenic. You can get back and forth to Kingman on the Interstate if you don't want to bother with the old road. There is nothing else anywhere around the complex at the caverns. There are some old dinosaur statues out by the entrance, then you pass a general store and motel before turning left onto a "paved" road that has seen better days. From the entrance it is about a mile along the road to the caverns.

At the cavern itself there is a gift shop and fast food restaurant, both of which are kitschy Americana from the 1960's which is exactly what we expected. They have collected all sorts of tacky stuff out front to entertain you while you wait for your tour. Everything is dusty and rundown, but the staff we spoke to were all pleasant enough. However, we started out being nice to them and they returned the favor. We saw them snap at some visitors who were more demanding than we are, so don't push your luck.

We visited in the off season and there were very few people there. I kind of think it is always fairly slow since it is off the beaten path. There were only two other people on our tour, which was nice. You take an elevator down into the cave and the walk through the cavern is fairly easy. They offer an hour tour, which is the standard option, or you can opt for the 30-minute version if you can't walk as much. Apparently they sell whichever tour is asked for first because when we arrived the woman in the gift shop selling tickets said not to wait to book if we want the longer tour in case someone else shows up and wants the short one. Unless you are in some sort of rush, I don't know why anyone would bother with the short tour. The hour long one was perfectly enjoyable and the time went by quickly. Our guide was entertaining and had lots of interesting things to say that weren't part of the script.

This is a dry cave so it isn't as spectacular as some of the major caves elsewhere, but we definitely enjoyed it. Other than the usual cave features, they have built an open-top suite you can stay in overnight. The guide offered us a substantial discount if we would book right then because hardly anyone ever books it. It is quite rustic, but might we worth a shot for one night just for the novelty of it. There is also a concert venue that was recently completed and hadn't been used yet. All it is is a wooden platform with some seating, nothing elaborate. They have also preserved some cold war supplies that the government sent so they could use the cave as a shelter if necessary. The cave owner later added more supplies "just in case." You also pass by a petrified bobcat and a stuffed giant sloth.

All in all, I'm glad we took the time to take the tour, but I wouldn't make a special trip to this area just to see it. However, if you are going to or from the Grand Canyon, it is an easy detour and worth doing.

Visited May 2013
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“Different”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 20, 2013

We were the first car to show up to this place and it is off the beaten patch. Interesting to see. The bathrooms were dirty and the gift shop almost seems they put things in there to have a gift shop; nothing special. The lights and caverns are neat to see and some of the story's you hear on the tour are interesting. Our tour guide name was Brandon. We were there in Aug. and he said he had been working there 2 weeks. Our issue was he came across as being short and rude. and it turned us off. We had a child who was 11 months and he would say dada, or mama - something small. Brandon would call you out for that as well. He would call you out for taking a photo and for holding up the line. Although the people in front of me hadn't yet moved. There ended up being around 8 of us that went on a tour together. It is an old place and maybe it adds to there story. We will not be going back. I am tired of paying my money for shady services.

Visited August 2013
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Clifton Park, New York
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“What this must have been”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 19, 2013

This is off the beaten path, but used to be on the original Route 66. As with so many attractions that got passed by - this has really suffered. The actual cavern is the largest "dry cave" in the U.S. It has a very interesting history, both in the history of the cave and the history of the attraction. Our guide, Paul, did a great job of telling us about the discovery, development, and promotion of this place. It was at one time the 2nd largest attraction in the state of Arizona. Now it is largely passed by because there is no car traffic. Hence, the road in (1 mile) is in large disrepair, there in nothing else to do, and nothing new has been done to the physical place. It is run down. However, if you can overlook the trappings, the tour is unique and informative. But, if you are doing the original Route 66 - this is why you are doing it...... 1960's America...

Visited September 2013
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Los Angeles, California
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“cool place to stop on way to GC”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 17, 2013

cool place to stop while travelling....beyond the caverns there is really nothing here but roads, dirt, heat (or cold), beautiful vistas!! The tours are $$ for what you get...however, if you visit during the summer like we did and want to escape 113 degrees, the caverns at a consistent 60 degrees are a welcome diversion.

We camped here in a trailer and were comfortable for the most part. This place served very well as a watering hole on our way to the GC.

Oh, they do offer a ghost walk at night....just for its goofyness the tour is worth it. Apparently there is a company that sells ghost sensing spectrometers and GC Caverns has a bunch of them. Fun for the kids for sure!

Visited June 2013
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“Quick cave view and history lesson”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 14, 2013

A nice distraction while driving to/from The Grand Canyon on Historic Rt. 66. There's not much else to do on this section of the road, and they had a nice sign on the road to get us to pull over.

The actual cave tour was alittle over priced for what you see (which is not much), but it could be interesting for young children.

The restaurant was better than average food for the side of the road, and the price was good.

Visited November 2012
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