• Speleothems in Miller's Chapel.

    Oregon Caves

    National Monument Oregon

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  • Road Work, Expect Delays

    ODOT will be preparing highway 46 for asphalt patching. Please use caution when traveling between the monument and Grayback Campground. Various work will be from continue until July 31, 2014.

  • Watch for Wildlife

    Please be on the lookout for fawns on the section of Caves Highway around Caves Campground! There is at least one very young one that is using the pavement as his transportation corridor.

For Kids

Oregon Caves offers a variety of activities directed at our most valuable natural resource YOU! First, you can get a sneak peek at the caves and visit Oregon Caves virtual tour.

What can you do at the Monument?

1. Explore the Underground World
See the beautiful speleothems (cave deposits) shimmer in the Earth. Just remember: stalactites hold tight to the ceiling and stalagmites might reach the ceiling one day!

2. Earn a Junior Ranger Badge
This program is fun and rewarding. Upon completion of this program, you share the responsibilities of protecting and preserving the Monument.

3. Explore the Ancient Forests
While you hike, earn
Junior Ranger Trail Buttons when completing a fun activity while in the woods.

4. Participate in Park Ranger Programs
Want to know what kind of fossils were found inside the caves? How could some trees need fires to live? Find out the answers while engaging in Park Ranger Programs.

Did You Know?

Scorpion under ultraviolet-DYK

Scorpions fluoresce or glow under ultraviolet (UV) black light. They can glow electric green or blue. Scorpions fluoresce because they contain a fluorescent protein in the upper layer of their exoskeleton. This layer is like your fingernail, but even more protective and tough. The special protein inside is thought by scientists to serve as an ultraviolet sensitivity mechanism, perhaps allowing the scorpion to avoid burning itself by staying exposed too long to damaging light levels.