Although the cave was not known about until 1874, we have reason to believe that the Takelma tribe knew about its existence due to their presence in this region for thousands of years.
The cultural stories we share about the caves take place after Elijah Davidson stumbled upon it, and later of those that followed in his footsteps.
We encourage you to read our stories, and while you are at the monument, create some to take with you.
Did You Know?
One of the largest cave restoration projects in the nation occurred at Oregon Caves during the 1980s and 1990s. Furthermore, most of the work was done by volunteers! Volunteers still make an important contribution to the park. Learn more about current volunteer opportunities at Oregon Caves. More...