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The Cave Creek Campground is now open for visitors. Visitors can sleep under the boughs of an old growth forest beside Cave Creek. This campground is located on Caves Highway, Oregon State Highway 46, 15 miles south of Cave Junction. It has fire rings, water and vault toilets. Cave Creeks runs through the campground. There are 17 sites available on a first-come first-serve basis. The camp is especially beautiful for tent and small RV camping. Maximum vehicle length is 20 feet.

Camping is permitted between Memorial Day and Labor Day Weekend, and depending on weather it may be open longer. Contact the park after Labor Day for up to date information. Camping fees are $10 per night; if you have a Senior Pass or Access Pass the cost is $5.

The Oregon Caves Visitor Center at the park is open, though exhibits are not available. Twenty-minute cave entrance talks about the cave are offered throughout the day at the park, 5 miles up the road. A schedule of nature walks and outreach for July will be available at the park website:

The Illinois Valley Visitor Center in Cave Junction offers information about the park, and also about the surrounding US Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management lands in the Illinois Valley.

Both visitor centers feature Oregon Caves Natural History Association bookstores, offering books and other items about the park, region, and National Park Service.

Cave tours are currently suspended. The health and safety of our visitors, employees, volunteers, and partners at Oregon Caves National Monument and Preserve is our number one priority. The National Park Service (NPS) is working with the federal, state, and local authorities to closely monitor the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) situation. We will notify the public when we resume cave tours, and provide updates when available on our website and social media channels.

The NPS urges visitors to do their part when visiting a park and to follow CDC guidance to prevent the spread of infectious diseases by maintaining a safe distance between yourself and other groups; washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds; avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth; covering your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze; and most importantly, staying home if you feel sick.

For high-risk populations, such as the elderly and people with underlying conditions, we ask that they take extra caution and follow CDC guidance for those at higher risk of serious illness.

Updates about NPS operations will be posted on Please check with individual parks for specific details about park operations.