Oregon Caves National Monument

Quick Facts

Oregon Caves National Monument

Oregon

(541) 592-2100

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Things To Do

Overview

Deep inside the Siskiyou mountains lies the "Marble Halls of Oregon." The caves formed when acidic rainwater dissolved the surrounding marble, creating one of the few marble caves in the world. Interestingly, there is a snail that lives on the marble rock outcrops of Oregon Caves that has adapted to use the calcium from the rock to make its shell. The Monument's ancient remnant old-growth coniferous forests contain endemic Port Orford Cedar and a Douglas-fir tree with the widest known girth in Oregon. Oregon Caves National Monument is small in size, 480 acres, but harbors a fantastic array of plants.

Map of Oregon Caves

Latitude, Longitude: 42.098859, -123.408394

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Activities

  • Caving

    Tickets are sold only on the Monument and are sold on a first-come, first-serve basis. Cave tours last 90 minutes.

    Spring* March 20 - May 28: 10 am - 4 pm During the last two weeks of April, caves tours are provided Friday through Monday and closed Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday--April 20-22, & 27-29

    Summer** May 29 - September 6: 9 am - 6 pm Candlelight Tours: 6:30 pm Fridays and Saturdays Off-Trail Tours: Tuesday - Saturday, Reservations required

    Fall* September 7 - October 11: 9 am - 5 pm October 12 - November 28: 10 am - 4 pm In November, caves tours are provided Friday through Monday and closed Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday--November 2-4, 9-11, 16-18, & 23-25.

    Winter* No cave tours are available from November 29 - late March 2011

  • Hiking

    Take a hike in the old-growth forest. The park has four hiking trails with wonderful views of Oregon Caves National Monument and the Siskiyou Mountains that surround it. Most of the trails weave in and out of the boundary of the monument.

  • Picnicking

    Oregon Caves National Monument is a wonderful place to picnic. Explore one of the few marble caves in the world, take a hike, and enjoy a picnic all in the same day!

  • Winter Sports

    The monument is open year round. During the winter, snowshoeing is a great way to explore the hiking trails.

Seasonality/Weather

Although cave tours are seasonal, Oregon Caves National Monument is always open to visitors. Occasionally in winter, snow can temporarily close park roads until they are plowed.

The Visitor Center is open whenever cave tours are offered. Hours are as follows: * Spring & Fall: 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. * Summer: 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Directions

Driving

From I-5 1. Take exit 58 to merge onto NE 6th St/OR-99/Redwood Hwy 2. Continue to follow Redwood Hwy (3 miles) 3. Turn right at US-199 to Cave Junction (28 miles) 4. Turn left on OR-46 (a gas station is on the corner) 5. Follow OR-46 for 20 miles to the Monument

From Crescent City, California 1. Take a left at US-101 (4 miles) 2. Take exit 794 to merge onto US-199 toward Grants Pass/I-5 (49 miles) 3. Turn right at OR-46 4. Follow OR-46 for 20 miles to the Monument

The last 10 miles are narrow, steep and winding. Upon arrival at the Monument, please drive no faster than 10 miles per hour. Travel trailers and large RVs are not recommended beyond Grayback campground (mile post 12) due to the winding road.

Flying

Nearest airport is in Medford about 70 miles from the Monument.

Public Transportation

The nearest bus station is in Grants Pass, Oregon. A shuttle is available from Grants Pass to Cave Junction.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(541) 592-2100

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