• Speleothems in Miller's Chapel.

    Oregon Caves

    National Monument Oregon

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    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.

Bats

Townsends big-eared bats - Dry Room 1970

Townsend big-eared bats roost in the Dry Room of Oregon Caves

All the bats found at the National Monument are insectivores that can consume as many as 500 insects an hour when feeding. Bats utilize Oregon Caves as a resting stop before returning outside to feed. They also use the caves to find mates, but their pups are usually born to the south.

Most bats at the Monument roost under the bark of old-growth trees in the summer. More bats come into the cave during very cold periods, perhaps because at that time their usual roosts under the bark on dead old-growth trees may not provide enough insulation.

A few individuals hibernate in the caves during the winter, so bats gates have been installed and the caves are closed in the winter to help protect these misunderstood furry friends.

The bats most commonly seen near the cave tour path are Townsend big-eared bats (especially in winter), Yuma bats, and long-eared myotis bats. Look for roosting bats - check out the Oregon Caves infrared "bat cam."

White-Nose Syndrome

White-nose syndrome, a fatal disease in bats, is threatening North American bat populations and could lead to the extinction of some species. Learn more about white-nose syndrome, what measures the Monument has put in place to prevent visitors from spreading it, and what you can do to help.

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.