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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.

Wilderness Areas

a view of the Kalmiopsis Wilderness

a view of the Kalmiopsis Wilderness

USDA Forest Service

Kalmiopsis Wilderness

Travel Time: about 1 ½ hours

Distance: approximately 40 - 60 miles

Overlapping northern California and southern Oregon this 180,000 acre Kalmiopsis Wilderness is characterized by deep rough canyons, sharp rock ridges, and clear rushing streams and rivers. An outstanding botanical and geologic region can be accessed by a 20 mile gravel road that takes you to the Babyfoot Lake trail head. Most of the trails drop into the Upper Chetco River drainage. Another follows the ridges to the Pearsoll Peak fire tower.

 
a view of Red Butte Wilderness Area

a view of Red Butte Wilderness Area

USDA Forest Service

Red Buttes Wilderness

Travel Time: about 1 hours

Distance: approximately 20 miles from Oregon Caves

The Red Buttes Wilderness area contains several lakes and and the Rogue River and Klamath River watersheds in Oregon and California. The wilderness includes over 20,000 acres in the Siskiyou Mountains.

Directions: Six miles down from the caves, turn right at a hairpin turn on FS Road 4612. Drive ten miles on FS Road 4612, then bear left on FS Road O98, heading south along Sucker Creek and above the Wilderness to the west.

 
a view of Siskiyou Wilderness

a view of Siskiyou Wilderness

USDA Forest Service

Siskiyou Wilderness

Travel Time: about 2 hours

Distance: approximately 60 miles from Oregon Caves

The Siskiyou Wilderness is found in Del Norte, Humboldt and Siskiyou Counties of northwestern California. A cluster of granite peaks cradle several lakes that are destinations for hikers. There are trails for all day or half day hikes as well as weeklong backpacking.

 
a view of Wild Rogue Wilderness Area

a view of Wild Rogue Wilderness Area

USDA Forest Service

Wild Rogue River Wilderness

Travel Time: about 2 hours

Distance: approximately 60 miles from Oregon Caves

Located the Rogue Valley, Oregon, the wild and scenic Rogue River Wilderness contains one of the most dramatic rivers in the United States. Since it is protected under the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act of Congress, whitewater enthusiasts are guaranteed a pristine environment restricted from the encroachment of civilization.

 
a view of Marble Mountains Wilderness

a view of Marble Mountains Wilderness

USDA Forest Service

Marble Mountain Wilderness

Travel Time: about 3 hours

Distance: approximately 100 miles from Oregon Caves

Marble Mountain Wilderness is located in Klamath National Forest in California. Marble outcrops contain 15 miles of mapped caves. Backpack or ride horseback into the remote trout fishing lakes of the Marble Mountain Wilderness.

Did You Know?

Old growth trees at Oregon Caves National Monument

Fire suppression on the Monument for the past century changed the environment of Oregon Caves. It reduced the amount and altered the chemistry of the water entering the cave.