Community Day Open House- Free Tours
Music will be performed throughout the afternoon, both inside and outside the cave. From 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM, sisters Skye and Tes Francis will fill the cave's Ghost Room with folk music on guitar and fiddle. They will play every ten minutes while tours progress through. Between 2:00 PM and 4:00 PM, the Illinois Valley String Band will play old-time and contemporary Appalachian music near the Chateau's relaxing pond. Don't be surprised to find your feet tapping to the music! The Rogue Community College Chorus will perform a free Mother's Day concert in the Chateau on Sunday.
If you miss any of the musical acts, the whole family could stop by our Junior Ranger activity booth and make your own musical instruments to play in the cave. Ask about Chateau Lodge Tours when you arrive, as well.
Explore and enjoy the cave: bend and squeeze through narrow marble passageways, marvel at cave formations, and imagine what Elijah Davidson and other early cavers experienced. Rangers will share exciting stories about what modern scientific exploration is revealing about this dark and mysterious place. Take advantage of this unique opportunity and enjoy the cave with music at the Monument.
Please, plan ahead. Dress warmly, but leave behind any clothing, footwear, or gear used in any cave, mine, or other bat hibernation site east of the Rocky Mountains or Europe. All visitors should expect to have clothing, footwear, and gear screened before entering the cave. These restrictions and screening procedures are in place to limit the spread of white-nose syndrome, a disease that is fatal to bats. For more information, visit the Oregon Caves' white-nose syndrome web page: http://www.nps.gov/orca/naturescience/white-nose.htm.
Oregon Caves is located about 20 miles south of Cave Junction on Oregon State Route 46. A safe, leisurely drive to the Monument from Cave Junction will take about 45 minutes- the last eight miles of the highway are steep and winding. Bring a jacket or sweater. The temperature in the cave averages 44 degrees. We strongly recommend good walking shoes, especially if you want to hike on any of the beautiful trails at the monument. Cameras are allowed in the cave, but backpacks and large purses are not permitted. Only the first room of the cave is wheelchair accessible. The cave is unsafe for small children: kids under 42- inches tall are not allowed, for their safety and yours.
The Monument can be busy during the Community Open House. We recommend arriving early. Lunch and dinner will be available for purchase at the Chateau dining hall and coffee shop. For more information about the Oregon Caves Community Open House, call (541) 592-2100 extension 2262.
Did You Know?
The grylloblattid, one of the half-dozen endemics found at Oregon Caves, contains anti-freeze properties in its blood to prevent freezing! Photo credit courtesy of Piotr Naskrecki.