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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.

Your Safety

Cave Tour

If you plan on attending a cave tour, read the Cave Tour Precautions page.

Be Prepared for Hikes

Even a short hike can be dangerous if you are unprepared. Talk to a Ranger about trail conditions before you embark on any trail. Be sure that you understand the duration of the hike and let friends or family know which trail you are taking. Be prepared for the hike.

Take and drink plenty of water, wear good walking shoes, and wear a hat or provide protection from the sun. Hiking trails on days with heavy wind can be hazardous due to falling tree branches.

Hiking Safely in Cougar Country

Although cougars are rarely seen, and the risk of being attacked by one is low, it doesn't hurt to be prepared. Here are some recommendations.

  • Be aware, not scared. Never approach a mountain lion especially one that is feeding or with kittens.
  • Most mountain lions will avoid confrontation.
  • Always give them a way to escape. Don't run. Stay calm.
  • Hold your ground or back away slowly.
  • Face the lion and stand upright. Do all you can to appear larger. Grab a stick. Raise your arms.
  • If you have small children with you, pick them up.
  • If the lion behaves aggressively, wave your arms, shout and throw objects at it. The goal is to convince it that you are not prey and may be dangerous yourself.
  • If attacked, fight back!

Driving

If you use GPS or get directions not provided by NPS you will be given directions to Oregon Caves that is the shortest distance--by use of Forest Service roads from Williams, Oregon. This route is NOT recommended. The road at times is one-lane, not paved, and sometimes not clearly marked. You will need a vehicle with 4-wheel drive. Although this route is shorter, it will ultimately take you longer to reach Oregon Caves.

Winter Months Visiting the Monument, October through April

If you plan to visit the cave during the winter months, be prepared for ice and snow on trails leading to cave openings. Bad weather may cause road closures or tour cancellations. Call ahead for current conditions.

Did You Know?

Pileated Woodpecker

The Pileated Woodpecker is the largest North American woodpecker. Funny, mischief making cartoon character Woody Woodpecker, was inspired by this bird. Other birds need this species for survival. They will use the holes or cavities the Pileated drills as nests, winter shelter, and a way to get at food inside trees that is otherwise hidden.