Oregon Nature April 29, 2018
The 7 Most Amazing Cave Adventures You Can Have In Oregon
Calling all adventure lovers! Have you explored any of Oregon’s caves? The Beaver State is home to plenty of amazing cave adventures, including several lava tube hikes and the largest sea cave in the country. The whole family will enjoy the following seven cave adventures.
1. Tour the Oregon Caves National Monument.
Nestled deep within the Siskiyou Mountains in Southern Oregon, the Oregon Caves are a series of dark and twisting passages begging to be explored. This geologic marvel is known as the Marble Halls of Oregon - for good reason! Guided tours are available April through November. The Oregon Caves are located at 19000 Caves Hwy., Cave Junction, OR 97523.
2. Visit the Skylight Cave.
Central Oregon is also filled with caves ripe for adventure. The Skylight Cave is a picturesque hidden gem known for its three natural skylights, which create mesmerizing light beams shining down into the cave. You can learn more about this spectacular spot in our
previous feature article
for driving directions.
3. Explore the Sea Lion Caves.
As the largest sea cave in the United States, Sea Lion Cave is a wondrous place to explore. The sight of the sea lions lounging in the cave is pure delight. The caves are located at 91560 US-101, Florence, OR 97439.
4. Journey to Boyd Cave.
Hidden away in Central Oregon’s high desert, Boyd Cave will take you on a short and exciting hike through an underground lava tube. This dark underworld is filled with some of the most unique scenery in the Beaver State. Check out our previous feature article
for more information and click
for driving directions to Boyd Cave.
5. Check out the Redmond Caves.
The Redmond Caves are a group of natural volcanic caves near Redmond and are a great destination for families. You can take a self-guided tour around the area - just remember to bring a flashlight! The caves are located at SE Airport Way, Redmond, OR 97756.
6. Wander through Derrick Cave.
At 1,200 feet long, Derrick Cave is believed to be the third longest lava tube cave in Oregon. This cave is so hidden that at one point it was designated as a nuclear fallout shelter and stocked with supplies of food and water in the 1960s. Today, it is ripe for exploring. It is located just northeast of Fort Rock Cave.
7. Travel into Lava River Cave.
If you're new to the world of caves, this popular hike is a great way to ease yourself into cave hiking. You can hike for about a mile underground on this exciting excursion. Learn more in our previous feature article
for driving directions to Lava River Cave.
How many of these caves have you explored? What other cave adventures can be found in Oregon? Let us know in the comments below. Don’t forget to share photos of your underground adventures in our
Oregon Nature Lovers group on Facebook!
For more adventure in the Beaver State, check out
this thrilling wildlife safari.