• Speleothems in Miller's Chapel.

    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.

Resource Management

Off-Trail Route

Off-trail tour route in Oregon Caves.


Welcome to Oregon Caves Resource Management

The objectives of the resource management program are to 1) allow natural ecosystems both above and below the ground to function as they did when Oregon Caves was first discovered in 1874 and 2) preserve cultural landscapes, ethnographic resources, and historical objects and structures.

Our strategies:

  • Understand ecological processes and ensure that management decisions and programs are consistent with maintaining or restoring these processes.
  • Monitor the condition of park resources and their normal fluctuations, and the impacts resulting from recreation. Monitor external activities that are likely to affect park resources, such as grazing and logging in surrounding forest, and document their effects on the resources.
  • Develop and maintain the Geographic Information System (GIS), park library, and checklists of species.
  • Systematically survey the monument for rare plant species and communities, and implement a program to monitor them. Remove and control exotic and invasive plants.
  • Identify and assess safety hazards to park visitors, including unsound trees, poisonous plants, cave hazards, and dangerous wildlife. When hazards must be eliminated, do so in a manner consistent with resource protection.
  • Ensure proper planning for proposed developments or facilities so that all possible impacts are reduced.
  • Encourage and initiate research in cooperation with universities and scientists which will further our understanding of park resources, people, and their dynamics.

Did You Know?

Smile spelunker! Experience the wonder of exploring the wild areas of Oregon Caves National Monument on the off-trail caving tour.

Oregon Caves offers a physically and mentally challenging off-trail cave tour where you learn caving techniques, etiquette, and conservation while slithering through concealed parts of the caves. Reservations are required and is a tour only offered during the summer months. More...