the Oregon Caves
Take the unique tour through the Oregon Caves. It’s an adventurous trek complete with low ceilings, narrow twisting passages and an occasional tight squeeze. See the beautiful calcite formations within. Guided cave tours offer a 90-minute presentation of geology, fossils, wildlife and bats within the caves. Discover the old-growth forests around them. In the summertime, visitors can sign up for off-trail cave tours, which introduce visitors to caving techniques and conservation. Summertime candlelight cave tours offer a sense of how the caves must have appeared to the first explorers. With the new preserve, the park offers 9-miles of beautiful trails. Temperatures in the caves hover around 44 degrees Fahrenheit year round.
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, created in 1909, the expanded by 4,070 acres in 2014 and became the Oregon Caves National Monument and Preserve. Hike to the top of Mount Elijah, 6,390 feet, and you can see Mount Shasta on the far horizon. The caves offer an inside-out perspective of one of the most complex geologic areas in North America. Join a cave guide and discover more about this fascinating place.
Oregon Caves Chateau
Leave your digital devices behind at this historic rustic retreat 20 miles from Cave Junction along Highway 46. The Chateau is across a from the famous Oregon Caves National Monument, and while the caves are the primary attraction, the chateau is a destination in its own right. This six-story 1930s structure built with local timber and stone is a genuine Oregon experience. You will find a huge stone hearth and sprawling lounging area and a small creek that runs under - and through – the restaurant and gift shop.
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.