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    Oregon Caves

    National Monument Oregon

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  • Road Work, Expect Delays

    ODOT will be preparing highway 46 for asphalt patching. Please use caution when traveling between the monument and Grayback Campground. Various work will be from continue until July 31, 2014.

  • Watch for Wildlife

    Please be on the lookout for fawns on the section of Caves Highway around Caves Campground! There is at least one very young one that is using the pavement as his transportation corridor.

Off-Trail Caving Tours

Oregon Caves Off Trail Caving Experience. Navigating Tight Spaces.

An Introduction to Caving

Experience the wondrous, wild areas of Oregon Caves National Monument off trail! Trained guides will teach you caving techniques, cave etiquette, and bring you face-to-face with the marble structure of Oregon Caves. This three-hour experience through tight squeezes and crawls will challenge and exhilarate you!

The Off-Trail 2014 season is June 22–August 31 with tours Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays at 1pm.


Fees
The cost is $30 per person. You must reserve a tour in advance and space is limited to 8 per tour. To begin the reservation process please e-mail the Off-Trail Coordinator with the following information:

1. Your name and phone number
2. Number of participants
3. Specific dates you are interested in this tour. Be sure to be flexible with your days.

You will then be contacted via e-mail to schedule your tour.

 
Southroom Squeeze Oregon Caves Off-Trail

About the Off-Trail Experience

This is a very strenuous, adventurous experience. Scramble boulders, belly crawl, negotiate uneven rock piles, and squeeze yourself through confined cave passages as small as 11 inches by 19 inches. The only source of light is your caving headlamp!


Help Protect Our Bats!

White-nose syndrome is devastating bat populations in eastern North America. To avoid spreading this fungus to Oregon Caves, do not bring clothes, boots, or equipment used in a cave or mine east of the Rocky Mountains in the US or Canada or a cave or mine in Europe. Even if the item has been washed, there is still a risk. Do not bring it.

 

We Provide

Helmet, headlamp, gloves, kneepads, elbow pads, coveralls, and a souvenir bandana will be provided. To protect our bats, no outside cave gear is permitted.

Mobility Limitations

This is an intense tour both physically and mentally. You will be climbing and descending over uneven surfaces that require upper body strength and good balance. This tour is not recommended for persons with a history of heart, respiratory, back, shoulder or knee problems, joint complaints, vision difficulties, if you are prone to panic attacks or claustrophobia, or if you are pregnant. All participants must be at least 5 feet tall.

Minimum Age

Participants must be at least 15 years of age and at at least 5 feet in height. Youth ages 15 - 17 need a signed waiver to attend the tour.

 

Preview the Off-Trail Adventure

 

Did You Know?

A small cave located near the visitor center.

The marble rocks of Oregon Caves were once a tropical reef that was pushed under the continental edge to a depth of 12 miles and then uplifted to 4,000 feet above sea level.