Grand Canyon Caverns ~ Caverns Inn
by Christine B.
Any time there is an ancient location one could almost guarantee that it is haunted by ghosts and/or spirits. Since the Grand Canyon is centuries old, and has seen many deaths throughout the centuries, it is little wonder that parts of it are reportedly haunted. The Caverns Inn at the Grand Canyon Caverns near Peach Springs, Arizona is one of those places.
Several of the buildings on the property are reportedly haunted… and even if they were not, it would still be a pretty spooky place. Guests sleep 220 feet below the ground inside a huge cavern.
The cavern was discovered in 1927 by Walter Peck. The entrance once led to a Native American scared burial ground therefore it was considered holy ground. When the new owners installed an elevator in 1962 the original entrance was permanently sealed. The spirit of Walter Peck has been seen by many near and inside of the elevator, often opening and closing the doors.
The Inn has been plagued with several paranormal events. Rocks are flung by unseen hands, movement sounds emanate from behind rock walls, sounds have been heard on wooden staircases when no one can be seen making them, chains swing of their own accord, visitors hear sounds of rocks beating together when no one is there to make those sounds, shadows have been seen racing down corridors and people are constantly reporting the feeling that they are being watched. Shadow figures dance on rock wall and chanting is often heard, as well.
During the past 50 years there have been eight deaths inside the caverns, and another four people who have ties to the caverns have also had mysterious deaths. One of the deaths was a man who owned a trucking company that once occupied the caverns, Gary Ringsby. His body was found hanging in the bunk house area of the Inn that is now being used as a family sleeping quarters.
If you are truly adventurous and not claustrophobic, this might be a place to add to your bucket list. I am neither, but don’t think I would ever be staying here. Although I am not afraid of much, I also like the idea of having an easy exit if I needed one!
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