Fort Rock Cave (Near Fort Rock State Natural Area)

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Fort Rock Cave (Near Fort Rock State Natural Area)

Oregon

(541) 388-6055

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Overview

The Fort Rock Basin has served as a vital part of the Native American lifestyle. Fort Rock Cave is near Fort Rock State Natural Area, and is the site of an archaeological discovery of several 9,000 to 13,000 year-old sagebrush sandals. This property serves as a reminder of the rich cultural heritage that has shaped so much of Oregon's history. The story of the Fort Rock Basin is told by the artifacts left behind and by the rich oral tradition of the tribes who claim the area as home. Fort Rock Cave is a National Heritage site and is open only by a state park guided tour. The location is not available here on the website.

How to reserve: Tours are not confirmed unless you talk to a state park representative. Call at least 10 days in advance to schedule a tour. Tour groups are limited in size to 10 people and fill up quickly, so book as far in advance as possible.

Be prepared Fort Rock Cave is a remote area and you will be required to walk at least 1/2 mile on uneven, dusty terrain. Weather is unpredictable, but usually hot or windy in the summer.

What to bring Bring plenty of water and dress for any weather. The sun is intense, so sunglasses/sunblock/sunhats are recommended. Photos are allowed.

What not to bring Pets are not allowed within the cave area, and it is recommended that you do not leave them in your car; so leave them home if you can.

On the day of the tour ... All tours meet at the Fort Rock State Natural Area parking lot and then carpool to the site. Be sure to use the restrooms, as there are no facilities located near the cave site. Tours last two hours.

Activities

  • Hiking

    Access is on a limited basis from April 1 through November 1. For tour dates and to reserve a tour, please call the High Desert Management Unit Office at (541) 388-6055. Fort Rock Cave is a remote area and you will be required to walk at least 1/2 mile on uneven, dusty terrain. Weather is unpredictable, but usually hot or windy in the summer. Bring plenty of water and dress for any weather. The sun is intense, so sunglasses/sunblock/sunhats are recommended. Photos are allowed. Pets are not allowed within the cave area, and it is recommended that you do not leave them in your car; so leave them home if you can. All tours meet at the Fort Rock State Natural Area parking lot and then carpool to the site. Be sure to use the restrooms, as there are no facilities located near the cave site. Tours last 2 hours.

  • Historic Sites

    The Fort Rock Basin has served as a vital part of the Native American lifestyle. Fort Rock Cave is near Fort Rock State Natural Area, and is the site of an archaeological discovery of several 9,000 to 13,000 year-old sagebrush sandals. This property serves as a reminder of the rich cultural heritage that has shaped so much of Oregon's history. The story of the Fort Rock Basin is told by the artifacts left behind and by the rich oral tradition of the tribes who claim the area as home. Fort Rock Cave is a National Heritage site and is open only by a state park guided tour.

Seasonality/Weather

Access is on a limited basis from April 1 through November 1. For tour dates and to reserve a tour, please call the High Desert Management Unit Office at (541) 388-6055. If you receive the answering machine, please leave your name, phone number, address and/or e-mail address and the dates you have in mind. Tours are not confirmed unless you talk to a state park representative. Call at least 10 days in advance to schedule a tour. Tour groups are limited in size to 10 people and fill up quickly, so book as far in advance as possible. All tours meet at the Fort Rock State Natural Area parking lot and then carpool to the site. Be sure to use the restrooms, as there are no facilities located near the cave site. Tours lasts 2 hours.

Directions

Driving

Relative Location Off OR 31, 2 miles northwest of Fort Rock. All tours meet here at the Fort Rock State Natural Area parking lot and then carpool to the site. Be sure to use the restrooms, as there are no facilities located near the cave site. Tours last 2 hours..

Phone Numbers

Primary

(541) 388-6055

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