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May 21, 2004
The cave tour takes about 1.5 hours and is led by a park ranger, who did an excellent job of educating our group (12 people) about the caves and the geology of the area. She also frequently enlisted the help of our daughters (ages six and nine, who were sworn in as junior rangers before the tour) to assist her in pointing out formations of interest to the group. The tour takes you through several caverns, small tunnels, and up and down more than 500 stairs. It is all worth it, though; the caves are spectacular and truly something that we do not get to see every day. At one point during the tour, the ranger turns off all the lights and it is hard to explain how dark it is inside the cave. We literally could not see our hand inches in front of our face. Remember to bring a jacket because the cave stays about 42 degrees F all year long.
Once you finish the cave tour there is still plenty to do. The park has several hiking trails and is also home to the largest Douglas Fir Tree in Oregon. This is a definite MUST SEE if you are in the area. We have been to numerous National Parks in Arizona, California, and Oregon and the Oregon Caves National Monument is definitely one of my favorites.
Grants Pass, Oregon
September 26, 2000
From journal Oregon Caves National Monument