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.

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Carlos Restaurante

Carlos Restaurante is a Full Service family style restaurant with the best food and service in Southern Oregon. There’s a […]

120 N Redwood Hwy
Cave Junction, OR. 97523
541.592.4553
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Bridgeview Vineyards

Bridgeview Vineyards is very passionate about their work, growing grapes, making wine, working with family and of course drinking great […]

4210 Holland Loop Road
Cave Junction, OR. 97523
(541) 592-4688
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249 N Redwood Hwy
Cave Junction, OR. 97523
(541)-592-3556
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27550 Redwood Hwy.
Cave Junction, OR. 97523
541-592-3702
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Holiday Motel

24810 Redwood Hwy.
Kerby, OR. 97531
541.592.3003
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169 Lone Mountain Road
O'Brien, OR. 97534
541-596-2878
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Spalding Pond

Spalding Pond is a 3-acre lake amid majestic, towering conifers. It has three accessible fishing platforms and a surfaced, accessible trail […]

Selma, OR.
541-592-4000
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Josephine Campground

A rustic setting above Josephine Creek and the Illinois River.   6 campsites with picnic tables, and fire pits  No […]

Selma, OR.
541-592-4000
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Babyfoot Lake Trail

This trail provides an opportunity to see the diversity of wildflowers that grow in the unique landscape of the Illinois […]

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.