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    Oregon Caves

    National Monument Oregon

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    Cave Tours are closed for the winter. Tours will resume April 26, 2014. All trails on the monument remain open.

River Access

Caves Creek, Cave Junction, Oregon

Travel Time: 10 - 15 minutes

Distance: 4 miles from Oregon Caves down Hwy 46

There is a day use area at Caves Creek campground. It is across from the campground host's site.

 

Sucker Creek, Cave Junction, Oregon

Travel Time: 25 - 30 minutes

Distance: 8 miles from Oregon Caves down Hwy 46

There is a day use area at Grayback campground along with camping facilities. There are also picnic areas from the days of the Civilican Conservation Corp (CCC).

 

Illinois River, Cave Junction, Kerby, & O'Brien, & Selma, Oregon

Travel Time: about 1 hour

Distance: at least 20 miles from Oregon Caves

The wild section of the Illinois River runs for 29 miles through forests and steep canyons through the Illinois Valley.

You can also enjoy a picnic after your swim at the day-use park of Illinois River Forks State Park. Please visit the Illinois Valley Visitor Center for more information.

 

Rogue River, Grants Pass and Rogue River, Oregon

Travel Time: 1 ½ hours

Distance: at least 40 miles from Oregon Caves

Recreational opportunities abound on the Rogue River and surrounding forest, from white water rafting to wilderness camping, from lake and stream fishing to winter snowmobiling.

 

Smith River, National Recreation Area, California

Travel Time: 1 ½ hours

Distance: approximately 70 miles from Oregon Caves

If you go to Redwood National Park, in California, you will drive through this recreation area that has one of the most beautiful rivers you may ever see. There is excellent swimming in the summer at Smith River National Recreation Area. The scenery is breathtaking as the river flows through the Redwood Forest at Jedediah Smith Campground. Many hiking trails run through the area which makes for great day-hikes.

Did You Know?

From the vista on the Cliff Nature trail you can see the nation's largest serpentine rock outcrops in the distance.

The mountains surrounding Oregon Caves are composed of ocean crust including rocks uplifted directly from the mantle. These mantle rocks make up one of the largest serpentine rock outcrops in the nation.