The declassified Bunker at The Greenbrier is a must-see experience that takes you behind the scenes and walks you through a fascinating period in the resort's history. Carved deep into the mountainside beneath our West Virginia Wing is an emergency Cold War fallout shelter. Once a top secret U.S. government relocation facility for Congress, The Bunker is now open to anyone interested in reliving a legendary piece of The Greenbrier history. Bunker Tours provide a unique and in-depth look behind the hidden doors and let you explore an aspect of The Greenbrier that no other resort can claim. Reserve your place in our history today!
The Bunker was featured on The Today Show on June 22, 2018. It was also named one of the Top 100 Military Destinations in America for 2018.
Tours are approximately 90 minutes in length and are available for guests 10 years of age and older.
Reservations and Cancellation Policies
Reservations required. Reservations must be cancelled at least 24 hours before the time of the tour. Tours that are booked the day of the tour may not be cancelled. A non-cancellation fee of $39 will be charged to those who do not follow this procedure.
$39 per person
$20 per youth
Pricing above include 6% West Virginia sales tax and 6.5% Historic Preservation Fund. Gratuity is not included.
$850* per private tour + $25 gratuity (1-25 guests)
5:00pm - 6:30pm:
$1,245* per private tour + $100 gratuity (1-25 guests)
6:30pm - 8:00pm:
$1,245* per private tour + $150 gratuity (1-25 guests)
*Gratuity, tax and Historic Preservation Fund are additional.
Tours depart from the Trellis Lobby near the Lobby Bar. Guests should check in at the Trellis Lobby no later than 15 minutes prior to the tour. To our day visitors, please allow ample time for parking and arrival at the Trellis Lobby.
- Maximum tour size is 25 persons.
- No one under the age of 10 will be permitted.
- No cameras, electronic equipment or cell phones are permitted.
- No items of concealment; backpacks, tote bags, purses, etc.
- Weapons of any kind are not permitted.
- We reserve the right to refuse admission to anyone not adhering to the Bunker Tour guidelines.
Comfortable shoes are recommended.
Construction began in 1958 on the 112,544-square-foot bunker, which was built 720 feet into the hillside under The Greenbrier's West Virginia Wing. Once complete in 1961, the facility was maintained in a constant state of readiness by a small group of government employees working undercover as Forsythe Associates, a company hired by the resort for audio/visual support services.
During its Eisenhower-Era use, The Bunker provided the following:
- Four entrances; three to The Greenbrier's grounds and one to the main building
- 25-ton blast door that opens with only 50 lbs. of pressure
- Decontamination chambers
- 18 dormitories, designed to accommodate over 1,100 people
- Power plant with purification equipment and three 25,000-gallon water storage tanks
- Three 14,000-gallon diesel fuel storage tanks
- Communications area, including television production area and audio recording booths
- Clinic with 12 hospital beds, medical and dental operating rooms
- Intensive care unit
- Meeting rooms for the House and Senate, the Governor's Hall and Mountaineer room
Over the 30 years that it was an active facility, communications and other equipment were updated, keeping The Bunker at full-operation status. The location of the facility, critical to its effectiveness, remained a secret for more than three decades.
On May 31, 1992, The Washington Post
published an article which exposed the facility. As a direct result, the U.S. government began de-commissioning The Bunker and ended the lease agreement with The Greenbrier in 1995.
In The News
THE WASHINGTON POST
The Last Resort
- May 31, 1992
This article written by Ted Gup, an investigative reporter at The Washington Post
, exposed The Bunker and led to its declassification.
Debunking the Bunker
Hidden in Plain Sight