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The Oregon Caves

Explore the Oregon Caves

Take the unique tour through the Oregon Caves, a trek along an asphalt trail complete with low ceilings, narrow passages and an occasional tight squeeze. General cave tours with a forest ranger include a 90-minute discussion of geology, fossils, wildlife and bats within the caves and the watersheds and old-growth forests around them. In the summertime, visitors can sign up for off-trail cave tours, which introduce visitors to caving techniques, etiquette and conservation. Summertime candlelight cave tours offer a sense of how the caves must have appeared to the first explorers. For something spooky-special, come back in October for haunted candlelight tours.

Wildriver Brewing Group

Owned and operated by the Miller family, since 1975, Wild River Pizza in Cave Junction is nestled in the heart […]

249 N Redwood Hwy
Cave Junction, OR. 97523
541-592-3556
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Illinois Valley

Trillium Bakery

Trillium Bakery is a family-owned business. They create their many pastries from scratch, including their famous donuts. Enjoy a wide […]

119 Redwood Highway
Cave Junction, OR. 97523
541-592-3574
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The mission of the Cave Junction Farmers Market is to support the local community of farmers and families by providing […]

24100 Redwood Hwy,
Kerby, OR.
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Illinois Valley

Siskiyou Field Institute

Siskiyou Field Institute’s beautiful campus offers indoor and outdoor lodging options year round. No pets are allowed on-site for the […]

1241 Illinois River Road
Selma, OR. 97538
(541) 597-8530
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Illinois Valley

Kerbyville Inn

The Inn features 5 suites, two with spa tubs. All units have private bathrooms and private entrances. Each suite also […]

24304 Redwood Hwy.
Cave Junction, OR. 97523
541-592-4689
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169 Lone Mountain Road
O'Brien, OR. 97534
541-596-2878
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Treehouse at Out n' About

Featuring Treehouse accommodations for all ages and adventure levels. Out’n’About is truly a treehouse wonderland. With a total of 18 […]

300 Page Creek Road
Cave Junction, OR. 97523
541-592-2208
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Illinois Valley

Siskiyou Field Institute

Siskiyou Field Institute is a one of a kind field station that provides environmental education programs for adults and kids, […]

1241 Illinois River Road
Selma, OR. 97538
541-597-8530
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Illinois Valley

Collie Bar Trail

This trail provides access to the Illinois Wild and Scenic River at Collier Bar from the Illinois River Trail #1161 within Kalmiopsis Wilderness.  […]

Cave Junction, OR.
541-592-4000
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Getting There

Directions

DO NOT trust Google Map, GPS devices, and similar applications – When traveling from I-5 these direct you through Williams Oregon, and over a confusing route on mountainous gravel roads.

Grants Pass from the I-5:

Take exit 58 to merge onto NE 6th St/OR-99/Redwood Hwy
Continue to follow Redwood Hwy (3 mi)
Turn right at US-199 toward Cave Junction (29 mi)
In Cave Junction, turn left onto OR-46; If time allows stop at Illinois Valley Visitor Center for current conditions and information.
Follow OR-46 for 20 miles to the monument parking lot.
(From Cave Junction, the drive and 900ft walk to the Visitor Center takes one hour.)

From Crescent City, California:

Drive north on US-101
Take exit 794 to merge onto US-199 toward Grants Pass/I-5
In Cave Junction, turn right onto OR-46; If time allows stop at the Illinois Valley Visitor Center for current conditions and information.
Follow OR-46 for 20 miles to the monument parking lot.
(From Cave Junction, the drive and 900ft walk to the Visitor Center takes one hour.)

From Brookings, Oregon:

Drive south on US-101
Turn left at CA-197
Turn left onto US-199 toward Grants Pass/I-5
In Cave Junction, turn right at OR-46; If time allowing stop at the Illinois Valley Visitor Center for current conditions and information;
Follow OR-46 for 20 miles to the Monument.
(From Cave Junction, the drive and 900ft walk to the Visitor Center takes one hour.)

OREGON CAVES NATIONAL MONUMENT

The Oregon Caves is one of only five national parks or monuments in Oregon. The 480-acre Oregon Caves National Monument, located in the Siskiyou Mountains at elevations from 3,800 to 5,460 feet, was created in 1909. Temperatures in the caves hover around 42 degrees Fahrenheit year round. The caves are home to one of the largest, most pristine, and most complete segment of old oceanic crust in Western America.

ILLINOIS VALLEY

Between Grants Pass and the Coast you’ll drive straight through the scenic Illinois Valley on the U.S 199–the Redwood Highway. The Valley’s top attraction is the Oregon Caves National Monument and high mountain lakes, wild rivers, aro­matic firs, pines and cedars, and countless hiking trails surround the monument pro­vide additional reasons to make this a “must-see” attraction. The Visitors Center on the Caves Highway (Route 46), near the intersection of Highway 199 can provide complete information on the area.

Wild Rivers & Ancient Forest Recreation Map

The Illinois Valley is home to the Oregon Caves National Monument and the Wild & Scenic Illinois River. Recreational, cultural, and educational opportunities abound in countless local parks, galleries and non-profit centers. The famous Redwood Highway–Highway 199 from Redwoods National Park in Crescent City to Grants Pass–runs right through the Illinois Valley wine country, river swimming holes and other delightful outdoor spots.