Wyandotte Caves


Useful Information

Location: Crawford County, southern Indiana, U.S., near the village of Wyandotte.
Open: Monument Mountain: MAY to AUG daily 9-18, SEP to Labor Day daily 9-17.
Flowstone Falls: MAR to AUG daily 9-18, SEP to OCT daily 9-17.
[2006]
Fee: Monument Mountain: Adults USD 16, Children (4-12) USD 8.
Flowstone Falls: Adults USD 12, Children (4-12) USD 6.
Both: Adults USD 22, Children (4-12) USD 12.
Groups (12+):
Monument Mountain: Adults USD 12, Children (4-12) USD 7.
Flowstone Falls: Adults USD 10, Children (4-12) USD 5.
Both: Adults USD 16, Children (4-12) USD 10.
Spelunking tours:
Youth Explorers: Adults USD 20, minimum age 10.
Beyond the Auger Hole: Adults USD 24, minimum age 14.
Pillar of Constitution: Adults USD 35, minimum age 14.
Pillar and Beyond: Adults USD 60, minimum age 14.
[2006]
Classification:  Karst cave, Mississippian limestones.
Light: electric
Dimension: L=40,000m, T=12°C.
Guided tours: Monument Mountain: D=90min.
Flowstone Falls: D=30min.
Photography:  
Accessibility:  
Bibliography: John R Hill (1985): The Geologic Story of Wyandotte Cave, paperback, 10 pp illus. State of Indiana, Geological Survey.
Address: Wyandotte Caves, P.O. Box 217, Marengo, IN 47140, Tel: +1-812-365-2705, Tel: +1-888-70-CAVES,
As far as we know this information was accurate when it was published (see years in brackets), but may have changed since then.
Please check rates and details directly with the companies in question if you need more recent info.
Last update:$Date: 2015/08/30 21:59:29 $

History

 
1851Small Wyandotte discovered.
24-MAY-2002caves under new management.

Description

Wyandotte Caves are two different caves, both developed for visitors. The smaller Little Wyandotte has no long staircases and is thus suitable to visitors of all ages. It was discovered in 1851, and because of this recent discovery it is also called New Cave or Siberts Cave after its discoverer.

More impressive is the tour to Big Wyandotte aka Historic Cave, just 200m away. The entrance of this cave was used as a shelter since prehistoric times.

In the Senate Chamber, 45m long and 17m wide, a stalagmite called Pillar of the Constitution is shown. This is one of several "world's largest stalagmite". Sometimes it is described as the largest pillar stalagmite in a public cave. But if this really is the largest or not, does not really matter: the 10m high and 20m wide stalagmite definitely is very impressive! A highlight is the Rothrock's Grand Cathedral, a huge chamber with the Monument Mountain, an enormous pile of rocks fallen from the ceiling of the cavern. Another feature are rare  helictites in Crater Room.

Unike the Small Wyandotte, this cave has lots of steps and visitors should wear appropriate shoes. It opens later in spring and closes earlier in autumn, as it is home to the endangered Indiana bat (Myotis sodalis) which hibernates in the cave.

The caves were managed by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources until 2001. Since 2002 they are run by a private company under a concession agreement. The first changes so far are the highest entrance fees for show caves we know of and a changed schedule.


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