Permits & Reservations


Due to a heavy snowpack opening day for cave tours and the Oregon Caves Visitor Center are delayed. Opening day is now scheduled for May 6th, but check back at this website for current information. Limited reservations for Memorial Day through Labor Day are posted at

Same day tickets: First come, first served cave tours are available for purchase at park visitor centers. We strongly recommend you stop at the Illinois Valley Visitor Center in Cave Junction first to buy a ticket. It is a long one-way drive to the cave entrance. Buy a ticket first in Cave Junction to reduce wait time at the park and to be assured you have a ticket in case of a sell out.

Road Construction Ahead!
Late June through early fall there will be road construction on Caves Hwy, State Hwy 46. Anticipate delays. Plan on the drive from Cave Junction to the Oregon Caves to take a minimum of 60 minutes

Currently, there are no dining or lodging options available in the park. You are strongly advised to bring a picnic lunch or eat in Cave Junction before you drive to the monument.

The Oregon Caves Chateau, café and dining room are CLOSED until further notice for repairs and rehabilitation.


Special Park Use Permits

Who Needs a Permit?
Generally, a permit is not required for: Visitors using cameras and/or recording devices for their own personal use. Sound technicians and film or video news crews at breaking news events. In these cases, the superintendent will still be required to protect park resources and the rights and safety of park visitors. News media wishing access for entertainment or scheduled purposes may require a permit. NPS filming or photography, Department of the Interior Audiovisual Center filming, or filming/photography done pursuant to a cooperative agreement or contract.

A Commercial Filming/Still Photography Permit is required for:
Commercial filming of motion pictures or television involving the use of professional casts, settings or crews, other than bona fide newsreel or news television. Still photography of articles of commerce or models for the purpose of commercial advertising.

Allow for at least three weeks to process an application. Drones are reviewed on a case-by-case basis and require Regional approval.

To apply or for more information, please contact the Special Park Use Coordinator at:

Last updated: April 21, 2023

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Mailing Address:

19000 Caves Hwy
Cave Junction, OR 97523


541 592-2100

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