Southern Oregon Sights

Oregon Caves National Monument

  • 19000 Caves Hwy. (Hwy. 46) Map It
  • Cave Junction
  • Cave
  • Fodor's Choice

Published 01/25/2016

Fodor's Review

Marble caves, large calcite formations, and huge underground rooms shape this rare adventure in geology. Guided cave tours take place on the hour in late spring and fall, and every half hour in June, July, and August. The 90-minute half-mile tour is moderately strenuous, with low passageways, twisting turns, and more than 500 stairs; children must be at least 42 inches tall to participate. Cave tours aren't given in winter. Above ground, the surrounding valley holds an old-growth forest with some of the state's largest trees. GPS coordinates for the caves often direct drivers onto a mostly unpaved forest service road meant for four-wheel-drive vehicles. Instead, follow well-signed Highway 46 off U.S. 199 at Cave Junction, which is also narrow and twisting in parts; RVs or trailers more than 32 feet long are not advised.

Sight Information

Address:

19000 Caves Hwy. (Hwy. 46), 20 miles east of U.S. 199, 140 miles southwest of Crater Lake, Cave Junction, Oregon, 97523, USA

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Phone:

541-592–2100

Website: www.nps.gov/orca

Sight Details:

  • Park free, tours $10
  • Tours late Mar.–Oct.; call for times

Published 01/25/2016

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