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Citadel Caverns an Underground Doomsday Resort

November 20, 2013 by

Doomsday Resort

Citadel Caverns

When you hear about amenities like a wine bar, golf course, spa, and dance floor you most likely aren’t thinking about the end of the world.

A San Diego company run by Robert Vicino is not only thinking about it; he is building a 2 million-square-foot bunker in the limestone caves of Atchison, Kansas – an underground resort of sorts where families can live in a 20-foot RV for $20,000 plus the cost of food. He refers to the Citadel Caverns as an “underground cruise ship.”

Doomsday Resort Citadel Caverns

This immense complex will be located 130 feet underground in an old, man-made cave that is big as the Empire State Building but horizontal. It was once used for government storage. In the event of a doomsday event, the area will be sealed with two-foot-thick hardened steel and concrete doors.

While the intent is to provide a safe haven for survivalists, Vicino plans to open the resort before the apocalypse so member guests can enjoy the amenities as a vacation destination in the meantime. The resort will be open 24/7 until it is needed as a shelter.


Amenities included in this underground resort will include:

  • Golf
  • Theaters
  • Hydroponics
  • Library
  • Spa
  • Paintball
  • Archery
  • Gym
  • Kennel
  • Tennis
  • Basketball

Doomsday Resort

Members can camp top side on the mountain if they want.

What’s It Cost?

The Atchison project gives people with modest incomes access to the cave which will feature enough room for 5,000 people to live in up to 1500 RVs. Customers will buy a spot and pay $1,000 per lineal foot for their vehicle. This means a 25-foot-long RV would cost $25,000 plus a $1,500 per person charge for a year’s worth of food and toiletries.

Vicino says, “We’re not capitalizing on fears, we’re resolving them. We’re providing a life assurance solution to the concerns that people have.”

Construction of the Citadel Caverns started in late August and the first phase of construction is scheduled to be completed by November with the entire project completed within a year. Members can camp top side on the mountain or take advantage of the underground location.

This concept certainly brings new meaning to the term retirement resort. It’s all about security, safety, and survive-ability with comfort.

Photo credits: kccitv

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