The cave tour is moderately strenuous and is not recommended for people with heart, back, vision, respiratory, balance, walking or bending problems. The cave tour route includes passages that are narrow and twisting, with steep stair steps and ceilings as low as 45 inches.
The cave includes steep, open-grate stairways, spiral staircases, and irregular low ceilings. Service animals have not been able to safely perform assistance functions in the cave due to their unwillingness or inability to negotiate in this environment. For these reasons, no animals, including service animals, are permitted on a regular guided tour.
Special arrangements can be made with the National Park Service to provide cave access for visitors covered by the Americans with Disabilities Act and section 504 of the 1973 Rehabilitation Act. Contact the Monument and Preserve so that arrangements can be made. All arrangements are subject to visitor safety and resource protection considerations.
The use of a cane, staff, or other walking assistance device on a cave tour must meet all safety considerations and be approved by the Superintendent or designee. Canes or walking devices must have stem diameters greater than one inch or they will present a safety hazard.
Only the first room of the cave is accessible for wheelchairs. The Visitor Center at the Monument and the historic Chateau lodge are wheelchair accessible via a mobile ramp. Both buildings are the original structures constructed in the 1920s and 1930s. Oregon Caves is in the process of completing a study on providing better access to the buildings and has requested funding for the necessary rehabilitation and repair projects.
We are currently working on developing wheelchair accessible trails.