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.
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.
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?
The Pileated Woodpecker is the largest North American woodpecker. Funny, mischief making cartoon character Woody Woodpecker, was inspired by this bird. Other birds need this species for survival. They will use the holes or cavities the Pileated drills as nests, winter shelter, and a way to get at food inside trees that is otherwise hidden.