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    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.

Animals

Wildlife in the Park

We have many creatures that are sure to capture your curiosity and maybe your heart. Even the smallest of wildlife is worth re-considering as fun or even loveable. From one of many cave trails, a bushy tailed woodrat peeks around the corner. A tiny female cave centipede gently cuddles her babies, keeping them close and protected. On the forest floor, a shy ensatina salamander freezes in place, hoping you will look but not touch its fragile skin.

Centipede-Woodrat-Salamander
 
The website highlights common wildlife you will find in the park. However, Oregon Caves and the greater Klamath Siskiyou mountains, hold many hidden treasures. Some of these living treasures are called relicts. A relict is something rare, a surviving fragment from an earlier time in Earth's history. When all other life from their time went extinct the relicts managed to live on. When you visit, will you see one?

Did You Know?

This snail was named after an employee of Oregon Cave, not because he was slow but because he wrote the technical description of the snail.

There is a snail that lives on the marble rock outcrops of Oregon Caves that has adapted to use the calcium from the rock to make its shell.