Cavern of the Sabertooth Opens at Indiana Caverns

The Cavern of the Sabertooth Crawling Adventure.

The Cavern of the Sabertooth Crawling Adventure. Photo via Indiana Caverns

After many months of hard work, a new underground crawling adventure, dubbed Cavern of the Sabertooth, opened at Indiana Caverns this past weekend.

To build the man-made cave, staff began by burying nearly 400 feet (120 meters) of 30 inch (76 cm) diameter black pipe in late January.

Laying the pipes that will make the cavern.

Laying the pipes that will make the cavern. Photo via Indiana Caverns.

Next came the creation of huge model of a sabertooth skull to adorn the “cave” entrance. Made of construction grade insulating foam and painted with tinted silicone, it took six weeks to construct—far longer than anyone expected.

Coating the sabertooth skull with foam.

Coating the sabertooth skull with foam. Photo via Indiana Caverns

The project was further delayed after the second wettest April revealed some significant leakage problems which required a retrofit to remedy.

I suppose problems are to be expected with any one-of-a-kind project. As far as I know, no one has tried to build anything very similar. The first visitors both kids and adults have really liked the journey, which seems to be averaging about 8-10 minutes. Youngest caver so far has been 4 years old. Carol Groves, Indiana Caverns Marketing and Communication Director

Adventurers of all ages enter the Cavern of the Sabertooth by walking between the large canine teeth of the Sabertooth and then stoop down to enter the pipe. The one-way trip leads visitors ups, downs and around curves. At around 70 feet (21 meters) before the exit, explorers encounter the “Sabertooth’s Lair”, a vault filled with golden coins and bones and a life-size cast of a Sabertooth Skull painted gold.

Some of the first adventurers to explore the Cavern of the Sabertooth.

Some of the first adventurers to explore the Cavern of the Sabertooth. Photo via Indiana Caverns

A trip through the cavern is $5.00, which includes a caving helmet, light and gloves. Knee pads are available for an additional $2.00.

For more information on Indiana Caverns and the new Cavern of the Sabertooth Adventure, visit the Indiana Caverns website or call 812-734-1200.

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