• 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.

History & Culture

"Everything seemed to be leading me to the cave," Elijah Davidson, 1922 (written about his experience in 1874) *.

Caves honor our past and are among the last areas we can explore with the same rugged individualism, technology, and communal sharing of pioneers.

The cultural history of Oregon Caves National Monument revolves around the cave's discovery, exploration, stewardship, and the resulting national historic structures that surround the caves.

Examining this heritage provides levels of experience so that each of us can have our expectations and limits challenged and our curiosity, respect, and compassion increased. As a result, our estrangement from nature is reduced and a special place is made from a space.

Among the best ideas ever, our National Parks and Monuments define us as individuals, a species, a community, and a nation.

Did You Know?

Monterey furniture in one of the lodge rooms. Photo taken in the mid 1930s.

The furniture in the historic Oregon Caves Lodge was custom made by the Mason Manufacturing Company. The furniture has hand painted designs and often used iron strapping, and leather in its construction. The furniture was branded with a small horse shoe design, the icon of the company. More...