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“Lions and tigers and bears, oh My!!!?”

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 September 6, 2013 via mobile

Well ok, it's a cougar and some bears but the marble caves themselves are lovely! A wonderful tour at a good length, the guide Emily, even though 7 months pregnant, still managed to give an amazing tour full of great facts, funny anecdotal stories and humor. It is cold and some of the stairs can be a little steep and narrow, but evening you have just the basic moderate level of fitness, this is a really present way to spend 90 minutes, and wonderful value at around 9 dollars per adult.

2  Thank NathanandEJ
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Reviewed September 5, 2013

I had no idea before going that the caves were made of marble rather than limestone. They are incredibly beautiful, and the park service is doing a wonderful job of balancing accessability and preservation. I'd consider this a must-see.

2  Thank Jon B
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Reviewed August 25, 2013

The road to get to the cave is a little windy and is narrow. I would not recommend taking an RV up there unless it is something small like my pickup camper. We went on a Sunday and only had to wait for 40 minutes for our tour to start. Our tour guide, Emily, was great. She mentioned that due to staffing levels that she was guiding tours. She typically works in the resources department. She spent a long time with our small group of 12 people. If you have the time, this is a great place to visit.

3  Thank kcschueler
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Reviewed August 20, 2013

We spent two nights at the Chateau and visited the caves on our full day there. The road from Cave Junction is curvy and takes some skill and patience to navigate so staying @ the Chateau allows for a leisurely visit.
The cave tour was excellent and the Ranger knew his stuff and was very engaging. The cave tour is every bit as strenuous and challenging as the literature on the website indicates so pay attention to the suggestions there.
The 1-mile (+/ -) hikes on the surface around the chateau were terrific and offered vistas, natural wonders and many photo ops.
The cafe @ the Chateau is open 7 a .m.-5 p.m. and is set up as a 50's style soda fountain with a great diner-type menu and ice cream treats,

5  Thank bogyOregon
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Reviewed August 11, 2013

The cave tour is well organised and interesting. Our Tour Guide told stories along the route and we had the opportunity to see some great rock formations and caves on the walk. There are a number of steps and smaller spaces to pass through. No helmets are issued so you need to be watching where you walk as well as watching what you might walk into! The drive up to the caves is not for the faint hearted (especially the passenger) - you weave along a narrow road with a massive drop off to the right side. There are some lockers available as you cannot take any sort of bag into the caves. Great value for money. The walk up to the left (0.8 miles) is definitely worth it, the views are incredible.

2  Thank H0use0nthehill
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