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Explore A Fascinating Underground World At The Oregon Caves In Southern Oregon


Entering Oregon Caves National Monument from Caves Highway in Cave Junction, OregonSpend a day in the caves and on the surrounding trails, then relax at night in the beautiful, rustic Chateau at the Oregon Caves. Oregon Caves National Monument cave tours are available from mid-April through early November. The Chateau at the Oregon Caves is open from May through September.

Oregon Caves National Monument is a great place for hiking, with dozens of trails surrounding the caves.Oregon Caves National Monument encompasses an amazing 488 acres, where in addition to guided cave tours, you'll find trails for hiking, photography and wildlife viewing. The main entrance into the cave at Oregon Caves National Monument.The cave itself is one of only a few marble caves in the entire world, with just three in the United States. Inside the cave you'll see plenty of stalactites and stalagmites that have been formed over many thousands of years and are growing to this day. There are five at-risk animal species found inside the cave:

  • Townsend's big-eared bats
  • Long-eared myotis
  • Fringed myotis
  • Long-legged myotis
  • Yuma myotis

Oregon Caves Stairway Into The CaveSeveral hiking trails wind through the monument and adjacent forest lands. The longest is Big Tree Trail, at 3.3 miles long and elevation gains of 1,100 feet. The next longest is No Name Trail, measuring 1.3 miles in length. Numerous shorter trails will take you over marble outcrops, through fir forests, and bring you to the area's most beautiful waterfalls. The Ghost Room at the Oregon Caves National MonumentAlong the trails you'll have opportunities to see a vast array of plant species and trees, including Douglas-fir, oak, white-fir and alder. Among some spectacular sights is Big Tree, thought to be the thickest Douglas-fir in the state of Oregon. It is 41 feet in circumference near the base, and is estimated to be 600 to 800 years-old. Animal species commonly seen in the park include:

  • black-tailed deer
  • Stellar's Jay
  • Common Raven
  • Townsend's chipmunk

Less commonly sighted are: Beautiful columns are found in Millers Chapel at the Oregon Caves

  • black bear
  • cougar
  • northern flying squirrel
  • Pacific giant salamander

There are also species in the park with special conservation status:

  • Northern Spotted Owl
  • California mountain kingsnake
  • tailed frog
  • Del Norte salamander
  • Northern Goshawk Spiral staircase helps ease the way into the Oregon Caves
  • Olive-sided Flycatcher
  • Pacific fisher

The park is open year-round, although snow sometimes blocks the road to the park. Cave tours are offered from mid-April through early November, with the in-park visitor center open whenever cave tours are being conducted.  Beautiful and unique formations are found everywhere throughout the Oregon CavesThe schedule varies from season to season, but tours generally start no earlier than 9:00 a.m. and end no later than 6:30 p.m., except for candlelight tours offered on Fridays and Saturdays at 6:30 p.m. between late May and early September. The candlelight tours allow visitors to experience the cave the way early settlers explored caves. Cave tour tickets are available only at the park and are sold first-come, first-served. Tours are a half-mile long and last 90 minutes, although visitors can exit the cave at the approximate mid-point for any reason. Flow formations in the Oregon CavesWarm clothing and good walking shoes are recommended. Though the temperatures at the park vary from highs in the 40's in December and January to highs in the 90's during July and August, the temperature inside the cave is 44 degrees year-round. Lodging is available May through September at the Oregon Caves Chateau located within the park, while various accommodations and restaurants are located nearby.


Oregon Caves National Monument

19000 Caves Hwy

Cave Junction, OR 97523


Oregon Caves National Monument Another view of Millers Chapel inside the Oregon Caves



The Chateau at the Oregon Caves

20000 Caves Hwy

Cave Junction, OR 97523


The Chateau The Chateau at the Oregon Caves National Monument



Printable Hiking Guides

Oregon Hiking Trails Handbook