Plan Your Visit
Are you dreaming of an Oregon Caves adventure?We want to help you plan your visit!
Get ready for stalactites and stalagmites. Springtails and Harvestmen. Forests and lakes. Historic District and Pleistocene fossils. Oregon Caves offers countless opportunities for discovery and we hope you will have fun, make lifelong memories, and develop a deep connection to this special place. Looking for a General Cave Tour, Off-Trail Cave Tour, Candlelight Tour, or the Haunted Candlelight Tour?
Where to begin? This "Plan Your Visit" section has all kinds of helpful tips about things to know before you come, things to do, eating and sleeping, and current conditions. Dig deeper for information about accessibility, directions, operating hours and seasons, fees and passes, permits and reservations, and brochures. If you are planning a summer visit, the perfect place to start is with Operating Hours & Seasons.
"Never attempt to go through the caves without a competent guide as there a thousand places in which to get lost." Vic Smith, a guard appointed to the Caves, 1911.
Take a tour through a marble cave. Learn and discover how the geology, fossils, cave life, bats, watershed, old-growth forest, and human history make Oregon Caves significant. Children must be at least 42 inches (107 cm) tall.
Be Aware That:
Cave Tour Precautions
The cave tour is considered moderately strenuous, and is not recommended for people with heart, breathing, or walking problems. The half mile (1 km) route includes more than 500 stairs (most of which are steep and uneven) and a total climb of 230 feet (70 m). The lowest passageway you will have to duck under is about 45 inches (about 1 m) tall. Visitors have the option to leave the cave 45 minutes into the tour.
Traveling with Children?
Children must be at least 42 inches (107 cm) tall and be able to demonstrate their ability to climb a set of test stairs, unassisted, to go on the full tour of the cave. Children may not be carried through the cave and childcare services are not available. There are a variety of activities that children of all ages can participate in, including Junior Ranger program, multiple hiking trails, and outdoor Ranger-Led programs.
What to Bring for the Tour
What NOT to Bring for the Tour
Off-Trail Caving Tours -summer schedule only
Click here for Off-Trail Tour reservations (recreation.gov site).
An Introduction to Caving
The Off-Trail 2015 season has concluded.
Fees and Cancellations
About the Off-Trail Experience
Help Protect Our Bats!
Preview the Off-Trail Adventure
During Fridays and Saturdays at 6:30 pm in the summer, ages 8 and over, the last tour of the day is conducted by candlelight. This gives visitors a chance to see what early explorers of the cave might have seen as they went from room to room with a candle.
Haunted Candlelight Tours- October only
Haunted Candlelight Tour Offered Friday, October 30 and Saturday, October 31, 2015. Tour starts at 4 pm and is limited to 12 people.
Children must be over the age of twelve (12) to participate, and those ages 16 and under unaccompanied by an adult must have a parental release form signed on site. The tour is moderately strenuous and not recommended if you have any issues with balancing while walking, respiratory problems, or heart conditions.
Be Aware of What Not to Bring
Costumes are allowed provided fabric and makeup are not at risk of touching or coming off in the cave (no trailing fabric, fake tails, glitter, loose fringe, etc. - your tour guide will notify you if she has doubts).
Other Important Information
Don't miss this rare opportunity to see the haunted cave. Discover, explore, and experience your America!