around cave junction
Cave Junction is a small town. It is the Gateway to the Oregon Caves National Monument and the commercial, service, and cultural center for a rural community of small farms, woodlots, crafts people, and families just living apart from the crowds. The valley we live in is in the basin of the Illinois River Valley and its tributaries. It is nestled in the mountains known as the Siskiyou in the Klamath Range at an elevation of about 1329 ft. We are directly west of the Medford/Ashland metro area and about half way between Grants Pass and the Oregon coast on highway 199.
The Illinois Valley is frequently referred to as the "banana belt" of Oregon. It is fast becoming a favorite year-round vacation land. Here you can enjoy the spectacular beauty of the many rivers, streams, and public forest lands available for hiking, backpacking, fishing and hunting. This picturesque valley lies halfway between Grants Pass and Crescent City, making it a pleasant hour drive to the famous Rogue River or the rugged Oregon Coast. The central location makes it an ideal place to live and a naturally peaceful place to visit.
The Oregon Caves is a place of adventure, wonder, and discovery. Join your guide and a small party of fellow cave explorers for a 90-minute tour. The route wends through narrow, twisting passages with ceilings as low as 45 inches! See strangely beautiful of stalactites, stalagmites, and other mysterious calcite flowstones as you bend and stoop through rocky passages. You will long remember your tour of the Oregon Caves. The route is moderately strenuous and not recommended for people with breathing, heart, knee or back issues. Children must be 42” tall or taller, no exceptions. The cave is 44 degrees year round. Dress warm. Tours are very popular in the summer. Arrive early to avoid long waits or closures. Reservations are available at Recreation.gov. Cave tours offered late March to early November. On the surface, explore the Oregon Caves Historic District, including the Oregon Caves Chateau, a National Historic Landmark. The Chateau offers lodging and dining, early March through early October. Trail heads in the historic district will lead hikers along paths through old growth Port Orford Cedar forests, scenic overlooks of the Siskiyou Mountains, and meadows filled with wildflowers.
Rafting Adventures for the whole family on the Klamath River. Swim in the warm water bask in the sun and eat a gourmet lunch or dinner while keeping an eye out for Salmon, Osprey, Eagle, Cougar and Bear. Expert guides, Excellent service, Fantastic Price!
Additional Activities In The Area
Off Road Trails
Nestled into the Siskiyou Mountains in beautiful southern Oregon, & conveniently located along the historic Redwood Highway. Great Cats occupies 11 acres, with room for future expansion. This privately owned facility opened to the public in 2005 and is currently home to over 50 individual cats representing 17 different species and subspecies.
Not only are we educating the public and advocating conservation, but we are actively participating in the preservation of threatened and endangered species. We cooperate with the SSP program, breeding some of the most endangered cats in the world.