A Vision for the Chateau

The Chateau is operated by Oregon Caves Outfitters providing services critical to the use and enjoyment of the Oregon Caves National Monument, supporting education and respecting the history and diverse natural beauty of this unique environment while giving our guests the best in service and hospitality.

Oregon Caves Outfitters is part of the Illinois Valley Community Development Organization (IVCDO), a 501(c)(3) non-profit, working to improve economic and social conditions in Oregon’s rural southwest through programs designed to enhance the standard of living, create jobs and encourage sustainable community development

In 2002, the IVCDO recognized the need to keep the Chateau open and operating as a cornerstone of our local commerce. After a one-year trial period, the National Park Service awarded the IVCDO with a 10-year concessionaire contract to continue the progress. The Oregon Caves Outfitters was established as the entity under which the IVCDO would manage the operation.

Each season, the Chateau employs and trains over 40 local seasonal employees, and offers locally produced products and artwork from our talented pool of local artists and food producers. Our guests at the Chateau thus support not only the existence and restoration of the Chateau structure itself, but also contribute to the local economy of the Illinois Valley.