RVing Destination: Oregon Caves National Monument
A scenic, mountainous, windy road in the Siskiyou Mountains of southern Oregon leads to a great find – Oregon Caves National Monument. RVers and snowbirds on the move, and looking for interesting places for stopovers, may want to alter their route to spend a day or two exploring Oregon Caves.
Oregon Caves is a place of marble chambers, glistening walls, spiky ceilings, and underground streams. The caves were formed by acidic rainwater that dissolved the surroundings as it flowed through the “Marble Halls of Oregon” creating one of the most beautiful marble caves in the world. Ancient forests in the Monument around the caves grow Port Orford Cedar as well as the largest Douglas Firs in Oregon.
An expansive marble cave created by natural forces over thousands of years will be your playground when you take a cave tour in one of the world's most diverse geologic realms. The Belly of the Whale, Ghost Room, and Paradise Lost all await you within these and other underground rooms. The names given to geologic formations in the cave—the Banana Grove and moonmilk—turn these features of the subterranean landscape into three-dimensional visions. Let your imagination run wild when you are confronted with bulbous walls and hanging stalactites – who knows what you will see in any given formation. One of the cave’s imaginatively named formations, Angel Falls will astound you when you view it bathed in a blacklight where you will see the falls and lengths of white rock covered with fulvic acid emit a blue light.
A ranger-guided cave tour is a good place to start. Nature displays it’s unique artwork at each turn of the winding paths. No one should attempt an unguided tour. Due to the cave’s many and diverse trails and awesome natural rooms one can easily become distracted and then lost.
Tours of the show caves begin in late March and continue until late November. These tours are considered moderately strenuous and children must be at least 42” tall to take part. Pets are not permitted. Check the website for additional information regarding accessibility.
"Never attempt to go through the caves without a competent guide as there are a thousand places in which to get lost," Vic Smith, a guard appointed to the Caves, 1911."
The Monument is located at an elevation of 4,000 feet (1,220 meters) nestled in the wooded slopes of the Siskiyou Mountains, part of the coastal mountain range of Oregon and California. When you visit, expect comfortable summer temperatures, snowy winters, and rain during spring and fall.
There is No Camping within Oregon Caves National Monument
While there is no camping within Oregon Caves National Monument, there are two National Forest Service campgrounds and several private campgrounds and/or RV parks are within a short drive of the Monument
Public Campgrounds and RV Parks
- Caves Creek campground (Forest Service) is located just a few miles from the Oregon Caves. It offers primitive amenities and will not accommodate large RVs. The campsites are offered on a first come, first serve basis.
- Grayback campground (Forest Service) is located 8 miles from the caves. Grayback offers running water and flush toilets. The area is flatter and more accommodating to RVs. The campsites are offered on a first come, first serve basis.
- Lake Selmac (Josephine County Parks), Selma. 500 Reeves Crk. Rd. Selma, OR 97538 (800) 452-5687. The park is located about 25 miles from Oregon Caves and has 91 sites, 39 with full hook ups, RV dump station, restrooms, showers, picnic shelters, ball fields, playground, and boat ramps. Assistant Ranger and seasonal hosts in park to answer questions.
Private Campgrounds and RV Parks
- Country Hills Resort/Campground 7901 Caves Hwy, Cave Junction (541) 592-3406. Reservations are taken.
- Dewitt's Town & Country RV Park, 28288 Redwood Highway, Cave Junction (541) 592-2656. Reservations are taken.
- Lake Selmac Resort 2700 Lake Shore Drive, Selma (541) 597-2277. This resort offers camping, RV spaces, boat rentals, 18-hole mini-golf course, fishing, swimming, horse trails and a general store. Reservations are taken.
- Lone Mountain RV Resort 169 Lone Mountain Rd. O'Brien (541) 596-28RV. This RV resort has trails and wilderness areas. There is a volleyball court, horseshoe pits, a gazebo and picnic area with barbeque. Amenities include a laundry area, a gas station, and a grocery store within walking distance.
- Kerby Trailer & RV Park, 24542 Redwood Highway, Kerby (541) 592-2897. Reservations are taken.
- Ol' Jo RV Park 156 Ollis Road, Cave Junction (541) 592-4207. Reservations are taken.
- Shady Acres Trailer & RV Park, 27550 Redwood Highway, Cave Junction (541) 592-3702. Reservations are taken.
- Twin Pines RV Park Restaurant and Motel, 38548 Redwood Highway, O'Brien (541) 596-2952. Reservations are taken.
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