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?
The mountains surrounding Oregon Caves are composed of ocean crust including rocks uplifted directly from the mantle. These mantle rocks make up one of the largest serpentine rock outcrops in the nation.