• Speleothems in Miller's Chapel.

    Oregon Caves

    National Monument Oregon

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  • Cave Tours Closed for Season

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

  • Road Work

    Crews are removing brush along highway 46 beginning in the lower parking lot and moving down the highway. Work is scheduled to last until April 20, 2014; expect delays.

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!


If you use GPS or get directions not provided by NPS you will be given directions to Oregon Caves that is the shortest distant--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?

The vista from Mount Elijah looks to the Red Buttes wilderness, Mount Shasta and other scenic vistas.

One of the most spectacular vistas near Oregon Caves is located on Mount Elijah. The hike is strenuous if you start at the monument but the staff at the Visitor Center can direct you to another, less strenuous trail to the mountain.