• Speleothems in Miller's Chapel.

    Oregon Caves

    National Monument Oregon

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  • Haunted Candlelight Tours

    Haunted Candlelight Tours Offered Sunday, October 26 through Friday, October 31, 2014. The tour begins at 4pm and are first come first serve. The tour is limited to 12 people per group. Last regular cave tour will be at 3pm.

People

A variety of people have influenced the preservations, development, and later, restoration of Oregon Caves. After Elijah Davidson entered the cave in 1874, more people followed, and before long the caves were developed for tours.

Protect and Preserve

After visiting the caves in 1907, Joaquin Miller, the "Poet of the Sierras", wrote an article about his experience in the cave. This was the first nationwide coverage of the caves. Due to the urging of Miller, C.B. Watson, and other influential people--the caves were declared a National Monument by President William Howard Taft in 1909.

Did You Know?

A grylloblattid crawling over ice.

The grylloblattid, one of the half-dozen endemics found at Oregon Caves, contains anti-freeze properties in its blood to prevent freezing! Photo credit courtesy of Piotr Naskrecki.