Oregon Caves National Monument is located at an elevation of 4,000 feet nestled in the wooded slopes of the Siskiyou Mountains, part of the coastal mountain range of Oregon and California.
Visitors to the monument can take ranger-guided tours of the marble caves that last approximately 90 minutes. No self-guided tours are permitted and individuals should know that tours are considered moderately strenuous and are not recommended for people with heart, breathing or walking problems. In addition, children must be more than 42 inches to participate in a tour.
Tours tickets are sold only at the monument itself and are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Admission for adults is $8.50, children under the age of 16 pay $6.
Some visitors prefer exploring the monument's various hiking trails that weave in and out of the old-growth forest.
Individuals should be advised that RVs and travel trailers are not recommended beyond mile post 12 on the way to the monument due to winding roads.
This destination comes from the National Park Getaways series, which helps people find new places to reconnect with nature, history, family and friends.
Each Wednesday, the National Park Service posts a new getaway idea on its website, nps.gov/getaways. There's a new park idea every week and most of the activities listed are free, so they're good, budget-friendly vacation options.