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“Geology in (slow) action”

Oregon Caves National Monument
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: The Oregon Caves is a place of adventure, wonder, and discovery. Join your guide and a small party of fellow cave explorers for a 90-minute tour. The route wends through narrow, twisting passages with ceilings as low as 45 inches! See strangely beautiful of stalactites, stalagmites, and other mysterious calcite flowstones as you bend and stoop through rocky passages. You will long remember your tour of the Oregon Caves. The route is moderately strenuous and not recommended for people with breathing, heart, knee or back issues. Children must be 42” tall or taller, no exceptions. The cave is 44 degrees year round. Dress warm. Tours are very popular in the summer. Arrive early to avoid long waits or closures. Reservations are available at Recreation.gov. Cave tours offered late March to early November. On the surface, explore the Oregon Caves Historic District, including the Oregon Caves Chateau, a National Historic Landmark. The Chateau offers lodging and dining, early March through early October. Trail heads in the historic district will lead hikers along paths through old growth Port Orford Cedar forests, scenic overlooks of the Siskiyou Mountains, and meadows filled with wildflowers.
Reviewed June 5, 2013

The Oregon Caves are really worth the drive. The walk through the cave is fascinating, and the guilds are educational. We went on both the regular tour and the “candlelight” tour. If you have time, I suggest both, since they give very different perspectives. The tour is about 1 hour long and there are a lot of stairs, so some people may not be up for it. Bring a jacket because the caves can be very cool even in the middle of summer.

1  Thank TiffanySG
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Reviewed June 3, 2013

It's a long drive on a windy road to get to the Oregon Caves National Monument, but it's worth it if you're interested in caves and hiking. There was a four hour wait til our scheduled cave tour so we hiked the Big Tree trail. The map says this trail should take about half a day, but it really is no more than 1.5 hours at a moderate pace with stops to take pictures. The trail is really nice with benches located throughout. The forest is really nice. The cave tour was interesting too. The guide was really informative and patient with the group's questions.

Thank ouchfirehot
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Reviewed May 31, 2013

If you've never been in a cave, you might love it. if you've been to bigger caves, such as Louray in Virginia, you may be disappointed. The ranger was good and kept the children in the group involved. Group sizes are 15, so go early in the day, otherwise you may end up with a 2-hour wait. The tour is 90 min and there are side trails you might want to explore.

Thank Michele P
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Reviewed May 28, 2013

If you have like caves and have visited caves before you will most likely not find much new and exciting with this cave. No human signs of usage from the early times, no animals, no real exciting rock formations, only one remarkable stalactites and stalagmites. The tour takes 90 min and this is a long time for little to see.

If you have not done caves before, please go and visit! The cave is situated in a beautiful landscape.

Thank Beate H
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Reviewed May 23, 2013

I've been to a lot of caves across the USA, but this one is different. You literally drive up a beautiful mountain road to get there. It is lush and green. You will see the adorable lodge across from the cave entrance. I highly recommend staying there for a lovely, quaint experience. The cave has a lot of stairs and some tight passageways. You can exit half-way if you want to or take the entire tour and then exit near the top of the mountain and walk the 1/3 mile trail back to the visitor center/entrance area. I am not that fit and I did just fine, however if you don't do well with stairs or think you might have trouble breathing you may want to think it over carefully.

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