Oregon Caves National Monument and Preserve strives to make memorable and enjoyable experiences accessible to all our visitors. The following information provides guidance on accessibility throughout the park.
Physical Considerations: Please be aware that the cave tour is physically demanding. It requires the ability to walk and stoop through narrow, twisting passages, including an 88-foot (27m) passageway with ceilings as low as 45 inches (114 cm), and the ability to ascend and descend over 520 steps, many of them steep, uneven and/or without handrails.
Service animals are welcome at the Oregon Caves National Monument & Preserve in many areas where pets are prohibited, including the Visitor Center, the Château, and the Cave Trail. Service animals, as defined by the ADA, are not pets and are allowed on the Cave Trail. However, they are not allowed on off trail tours of the cave due to the proximity of safety hazards including steep drop offs, tight squeezes, and rock scrambles. Service dogs must be harnessed, tethered, or leashed unless this interferes with the service animal’s work, or the individual’s disability prevents them from using these devices. In those cases, the individual must maintain control of the animal through voice, signal, or some other means. Therapy or emotional support animals are not considered service animals and are not permitted in areas normally prohibited for pets.
Sign Language Interpreter: The park does not have a sign language Interpreter on site. Contact the park well in advance and special arrangements can usually be made to request a sign language interpreter to visit the park on the day of visit.
Accessibility in the Park
Accessible parking is marked with blue reserved signs in the lower parking lot and in the upper parking lot near the visitor center and next to the Chateau.
Visitor Center and Chateau
The Oregon Caves Visitor Center and the Chateau are wheelchair accessible with the use of portable ramps. Staff will be happy to set these up upon request. Both buildings are original structures constructed in the 1920’s and 1930’s.
National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass-Access Pass
Last updated: March 10, 2023