Discovery Tour

Oregon Caves National Monument and Preserve Tours

NOTICE: The time on your ticket is your TOUR START time. You will receive a safety message at the Oregon Caves Visitor Center before joining your guide. Arriving early is recommended. Arriving late can result in denied cave entry. All ticket holders must be physically present at the OREGON CAVES VISITOR CENTER to check in. DO NOT check in at the Illinois Valley Visitor Center, which is located 60 minutes drive from the park boundary. 

Tour occupancy limits will be determined weekly based on the current local county transmission risk level. The risk level will be updated each Thursday and will take effect in the park the following Monday. 

 Josephine County information is found here: Josephine County Oregon CDC Risk Level  

HIGH RISK: Advanced reservations will not be available. Tours limited to 6 people. All federal facilities will resume occupancy limits posted at each entrance and masks will be required, including inside the caves. Same-day tickets will be available at the Illinois Valley Visitor Center located at 201 Caves Hwy. Cave Junction, OR 97523, sell-outs will occur early.

MEDIUM RISK: Limited advanced reservations will become available for purchase on Monday for the following week. Tours will be limited to 8 people. Masks will not be required, but strongly recommended. Same-day tickets will be available at both Visitor Centers.

LOW RISK: Limited advanced reservations will become available for purchase on Monday for the following week. Tours will be limited to 15 people. Masks will not be required, but strongly recommended. Same-day tickets will be available at both Visitor Centers. 

All other park rules and regulations apply regardless of transmission risk levels.

The Cave is not accessible without a guided tour.

All surface hiking trails and the Oregon Caves visitor center remain open.

Please call for the most up to date information.

(541) 592-2100 Oregon Caves Visitor Center

(541) 592-5125 Illinois Valley Visitor Center 

Same day tickets are available for purchase at the Illinois Valley visitor center in Cave Junction or at the monument. Purchase tickets in Cave Junction to avoild long waits in Summer months.

Explore and discover the marble halls of Oregon on this guided tour with a ranger of one of the most geologically complex and interesting caves in the country where you can discover the fascinating geology of the Siskiyou mountains from the inside out. You will also learn about ice-age fossils found in the cave, endemic lifeforms found within the cave that are found nowhere else, and more. Children must be at least 42 inches in height and accompanied by an adult to participate. Children cannot be carried and there are no childcare sevices avialable. This tour is available all season, from late March through early November.

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