The cave includes steep, open-grate stairways, spiral staircases, and irregular low ceilings. Service animals have not been able to safely perform assistance functions in the cave due to their unwillingness or inability to negotiate in this environment. For these reasons, no animals, including service animals, are permitted on a regular guided tour.
The use of a cane, staff, or other walking assistance device on a cave tour must meet all safety considerations and be approved by the Superintendent or designee. Canes or walking devices must have stem diameters greater than one inch or they will present a safety hazard.
Only the first room of the cave is accessible for wheelchairs. The Visitor Center at the Monument and the historic Chateau lodge are wheelchair accessible via a mobile ramp. Both buildings are the original structures constructed in the 1920s and 1930s. Oregon Caves is in the process of completing a study on providing better access to the buildings and has requested funding for the necessary rehabilitation and repair projects.
We are currently working on developing wheelchair accessible trails.
Did You Know?
Up until 1922 the only way to get to Oregon Caves was on a 12 mile trail from the town of Williams, Oregon. Once at Oregon Caves visitors explored the cave and spent the night at a camp outside the entrance to the cave.