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.
Crews are removing brush along highway 46 beginning in the lower parking lot and moving down the highway. Work is scheduled to last until April 20, 2014; expect delays.
Take a Guided Tour of the Historic Lodge During the Summer Months
Join a Park Ranger for a behind-the-scenes tour of the Chateau at Oregon Caves National Monument. This rustic hotel in the Siskiyou Mountains is one of the National Park’s Great Lodges and a National Historic Landmark.
Designed by self-taught architect Gust Lium, the Chateau was completed in 1934 using local materials, including the Port Orford Cedar bark which covers the structure. The rustic design complementing the mountain landscape set a precedent in park architecture. The Chateau’s Monterrey furniture is also unique. Constructed by the Mason Manufacturing Company of Los Angeles, each piece was hand made, primarily from Oregon alder wood.
How Long is the Tour and How Much Does it Cost?
The ranger –guided tour lasts approximately 45 minutes, covering history, architecture, and stories of the Chateau. Tour routes may include the lobby, a fine dining room, a 1930s-era coffee shop, and a show room. Hear the story of the 17-foot wave of floodwater and debris that swept the Chateau off its foundation in 1964, and how 84-year-old Gust Lium returned to oversee its reconstruction. See the place where the postcard and the View Master were invented. Ponder the changes that may be in store for this rustic masterpiece.
Experience the Chateau’s peace and beauty for yourself. The tour is free; check the schedule board in the Visitor Center for times.
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.