New Williston Business Offers an Escape From Everyday Life

Need an escape from the everyday hustle and bustle? Escape rooms promise to give you just that.

Or rather, give you the opportunity to try.

"I didn't know what to expect. I was like what the heck is this?" says Samuel Cruz, who recently visited his first escape room. "Once we got into the rooom, I sort of got the hang of it and it was pretty fun," says Cruz. 

Escape rooms have gained popularity across the country in recent years, each with its own theme. Lost Key Escape Rooms, recently opened in Williston, takes us to the hideout of Bakken native Jerrie Otto who has constructed a bomb. The bomb is going to detonate in Williston in an hour. Teams have 60 minutes to find clues that will help them figure out the combination to the lock which will allow them to stop the ticking time bomb.

"We know the puzzles in and out. So we're like just look left, just look left," says co-owner Jazz Iredia.

The website Room Escape Artist estimates that there are 2,200 escape facilities throughout the country 

But Lost Key's owners thought the concept would have unique appeal in Williston.

"What we found about the people of Williston, is that they're already people who take risks. They've brought their families out to Williston for the oil or for other different opportunities," says Iredia.

Some have succeeded at escape. Some have failed.

"We've had people just walk out because they're so frustrated they didn't make it," says co-owner Marco Arana.

But there is a key to putting the pieces together and solving this puzzle.

"It's good to work as a team. A lot of people like to go in Rambo-style single handedly by themselves. But this is a team effort," says Iredia. 

And while an escape from the room is no guarantee, the owners hope the room always delivers on its promise of family friendly fun. 

Lost Key Escape Room is open on the weekends. The owners say they plan to add additional rooms in the near future with features like trap doors. To book a visit, check out the website

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