Cave Junction is a small town. It is the Gateway to the Oregon Caves National Monument and the commercial, service, and cultural center for a rural community of small farms, woodlots, crafts people, and families just living apart from the crowds. The valley we live in is in the basin of the Illinois River Valley and its tributaries. It is nestled in the mountains known as the Siskiyous in the Klamath Range at an elevation of about 1329 ft. We are directly west of the Medford/Ashland metro area and about half way between Grants Pass and the Oregon coast on highway 199. It's a place where going into the market can take time because people talk in the aisles and at the check stands. Life is slower, so you have to be patient. You'll be part of that slowness because it is enjoyable to be neighborly. Many people here volunteer their time with the schools, public councils and committees, and civic organizations because it makes us feel good about ourselves and our community. There are approximately 17,000 people living in the Illinois Valley.
The average temperature in January is 33F and in July 90F and rainfall amounts to about 61 inches a year. The sun shines 196 days and it rains 108 days on average. The Illinois Valley is frequently referred to as the "banana belt" of Oregon. It is fast becoming a favorite year-round vacation land. Here you can enjoy the spectacular beauty of the many rivers, streams, and public forest lands available for hiking, backpacking, fishing and hunting. This picturesque valley lies halfway between Grants Pass and Crescent City, making it a pleasant hour drive to the famous Rogue River or the rugged Oregon Coast. The central location makes it an ideal place to live and a naturally peaceful place to visit.