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.
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.
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?
The grylloblattid, one of the half-dozen endemics found at Oregon Caves, contains anti-freeze properties in its blood to prevent freezing! Photo credit courtesy of Piotr Naskrecki.