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Five tourists have been stranded 21 stories UNDERGROUND at Grand Canyon Cavern for 24 HOURS after elevator malfunctioned – but are enjoying $1,000-a-night hotel suite

  • Five people have been left at the tourist attraction for 24 hours after a malfunction with the elevator
  • The guests have been made comfortable in a $1,000 a night  suites at a hotel at the Grand Canyon Caverns’

Five people have been left stranded 21 stories underground at the Grand Canyon Caverns’ tourist attraction for almost 24 hours.

The elevator reportedly malfunctioned Sunday evening, according to authorities on Monday night.

Coconino Sheriff’s Office confirmed that the visitors were not confined to an elevator car, and have been made comfortable in the caverns.

They have been able to use the adjacent hotel suite while they await a suitable ride to the surface in Peach Springs, Arizona.

Spokesman Jon Paxton said that the guests are unable to get escape the caverns because the stairway system is similar to an old external fire escape and there are concerns about safety.

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The caverns have a six-person hotel suite and food service, with the guests being put up for the night by the hotel.

Each suite lists for $1,000 a night for two and attempts to fix the elevator on Monday by hooking it up to an external generator were unsuccessful.

Five people have been left stranded 21 stories underground at the Grand Canyon Caverns' tourist attraction for almost 24 hours

Five people have been left stranded 21 stories underground at the Grand Canyon Caverns’ tourist attraction for almost 24 hours

Coconino Sheriff’s Office confirmed that the visitors were not confined to an elevator car, and have been made comfortable in the caverns

Coconino Sheriff’s Office confirmed that the visitors were not confined to an elevator car, and have been made comfortable in the caverns 

It is not clear exactly how long it will take to repair the elevator, with a lift used by the fire department rescue crews being considered

 It is not clear exactly how long it will take to repair the elevator, with a lift used by the fire department rescue crews being considered

Paxton confirmed that the elevator is being repaired by expert personnel who believe the issue might be mechanical.

It is not clear exactly how long it will take to repair the elevator, with a lift used by the fire department rescue crews being considered.

Coconino Sheriff’s Office confirmed that hey have access to one, and it was sent to the scene on Monday.

Workers have been able to use the fire escape stairs, but it is not clear exactly why the guests have been unable to use them.

The natural limestone caverns, said to be the largest dry caverns in the U.S., occupy a desert region southwest of Grand Canyon National Park about 110 miles from the California border.

The caverns are said to have been created by natural forces 65 million years ago. Facilities at the site, part of historic Route 66, are privately operated.

The caverns have a six-person hotel suite and food service, with the guests being put up for the night by the hotel

The caverns have a six-person hotel suite and food service, with the guests being put up for the night by the hotel

Workers have been able to use the fire escape stairs, but it is not clear exactly why the guests have been unable to use them

Workers have been able to use the fire escape stairs, but it is not clear exactly why the guests have been unable to use them 

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