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PO Box 1824
201 Caves Hwy.
Cave Junction, OR 97523
Phone: 877-245-9022/541-592-3400
Fax: 541-592-4075

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Oregon Caves Tours

Limestone formations at the Oregon Caves
Limestone formations at the Oregon Caves

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Take a look! Visit the Chateau's new homepage, and the Oregon Caves National Monument's website for current, 2010 Cave tour information.

Explore a cave, hike through the forest, tour a historic lodge and participate in Ranger guided activities all at the Oregon Caves National Monument.

Hours of Operation 
The basic Oregon Caves tour is 90 minutes. All visitors must enter the cave with a guide. No self guided tours are available:

2009 Cave Tour Schedule


March 21 - May 22                 10AM - 4PM                                                            Tours leave on the hour

May 23 - June 19                    9AM - 5PM                                                          Tours leave on the hour


June 20 - September 7                    9AM - 6PM                                                           Tours leave every half hour


September 8 - October 12                        9AM - 5PM                                                       Tours leave on the hour

October  13 - November 29                      10AM - 4PM                                                              Tours leave on the hour            Closed Thanksgiving Day


November 30 - March 2010          Caves closed for the season. No Tours.





Cave Tour Fees

General Cave Tours

$8.50 Adults, ages 17 and over

$6.00 Juniors, ages 16 and under

Group Rates (12 or more people)

$6.00 Adults

$4.00 Juniors

A group must have 12 or more people to qualify for the group rate. Each request is evaluated on a case-by-case basis, depending on the needs of the group and the available staff at the monument. If you are a group visiting the monument, contact us in advance and let us know you will be coming.

America the Beautiful: The National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Annual Pass

This annual pass admits up to four people total into the cave at no charge.

Effective as of 2007, America the Beautiful Annual Pass replaced the National Park Pass. You can purchase the America the Beautiful Annual Pass at Oregon Caves.

America the Beautiful Senior Pass and America the Beautiful Access Pass

This pass allows only the cardholder to receive a 50% discount on regularly priced tours. 

Effective as of 2007, Golden Age and Golden Access Passports will no longer be issued. Both are being replaced by the America the Beautiful Senior Pass and America the Beautiful Access Pass respectively and are sold/issued at Oregon Caves. Golden Age or Golden Access Passports are valid for life. These passes allow only the cardholder to receive a 50% discount on regularly priced tours. 

For more information about the America the Beautiful passes, visit

Cave Tour Reservations

All cave tours are sold on a first come first serve basis. There is no reservation system at this time.

Special Tours

For Small Children
Children under 42 inches in height are not able to go on the standard tours of the cave. Check with the NPS about special tours for children too small to go on regular scheduled cave tours. Children's tours often last 5 to 10 minutes and are given when there is available staff. Small children's tours access the first one or two rooms of the cave. Cost of tour: FREE. Times vary depending upon demand.

Group Rates
Groups may apply for discounted cave tours. Groups do not need to have an educational affiliation in order to qualify for a group discount. A group must have 12 or more people to qualify for the group rate. Each request is evaluated on a case-by-case basis, depending on the needs of the group and the resources of the monument. Contact 541-592-2100, or refer to the
contacts page for information on how to apply.

Important Details

A Word to the Wise
During busy summer months, you can avoid long waits for tours (up to two hours) if you keep this in mind: Most travelers arrive here around 11:00am causing tours to quickly fill. You can avoid inevitable long waits for tours by arriving here before the crowds. Also keep in mind that tours are more likely to be open from 5:00- 6:30pm. For the most current information on cave tours, stop at Illinois Valley Visitor Center before driving to Oregon Caves National Monument. The visitor center is located on the Oregon Caves Highway (Hwy 46), one block from its intersection with Hwy 199. If possible, call ahead to check on wait times for cave tours. Reservations are not available.

Purchasing Tickets
Visitors can purchase tickets for any scheduled cave tour offered on the day they visit the monument. For instance, if you arrive at 9:00am and want to do some hiking during the cool morning hours, you can purchase cave tour tickets for later in the day at a time when you anticipate returning from your hike, or after you eat lunch.

Children on Cave Tours
Children must be at least 42 inches tall and be able to climb a set of test stairs unassisted to go on the basic tour of the cave. Children may not be carried by any means through the cave, and child care services are not available at the monument. Ask about special tours for small children. Tours are 5-10 minutes long and are free for all members of the family. A parent or guardian must accompany the child at all times.

Prepare for the Cave Tour
The cave temperature is a constant 41 degrees F (5 degrees C), so warm clothing is recommended. Wear good walking shoes, as the trail surface is uneven and slippery. Per the NPS, no flash lights should be brought on the tours. Cameras are ok. No tripods are allowed in the cave.

While there is a paved trail in the cave, the route is still difficult and involves narrow passageways and a total climb of 220 feet. However, the law requires that there must be a "demonstrated safety factor" in order for someone to be refused a tour. This includes wheelchairs and people with disabilities who would compromise the safety of the entire tour group. Canes are allowed in the cave only if there is no safety risk involved.

Health Problems
The cave tour is considered strenuous and is not recommended for people with heart, breathing or walking difficulties. There are over 500 steps to climb up to go through the tour. People with health problems should keep in mind that the cave is located at 4,000 feet elevation and slightly higher carbon dioxide levels in the cave can make breathing even more difficult. If you have back problems you may have difficulty with some of the stooping and bending as the tour passes through low and narrow passageways.

Emergency Exits
The tour route is a one-way, three-quarter mile (including the walk back) tour with an elevation climb of 220 feet. There is only one emergency exit, which is a natural cave opening about one-third of the way through the tour.

Oregon Caves National Monument
19000 Caves Highway
Cave Junction, OR 97523
541 592-2100

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