• Speleothems in Miller's Chapel.

    Oregon Caves

    National Monument Oregon

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  • Cave Tours Closed for Season

    Cave Tours are closed for the winter. Tours will resume April 26, 2014. All trails on the monument remain open.

  • Slick Roads

    Due to recent road work on Hwy 46 and steady rain, the road is muddy in spots. Exercise extreme caution while driving to and from the Monument.

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?

The vista from Mount Elijah looks to the Red Buttes wilderness, Mount Shasta and other scenic vistas.

One of the most spectacular vistas near Oregon Caves is located on Mount Elijah. The hike is strenuous if you start at the monument but the staff at the Visitor Center can direct you to another, less strenuous trail to the mountain.