About the Monument

The Oregon Caves National Monument and Preserve celebrated its 100-year anniversary in 2009.

Oregon is privileged to be the home of three outstanding Northwest Lodges serving guests from all around the world. These Lodges are at the Oregon Caves, Crater Lake, and Timberline on Mt. Hood.  These facilities are the only three publicly owned, historic lodges of Oregon that provide overnight accommodations.

Nestled high in the forested splendor of the Siskiyou Mountains, generations of visitors have enjoyed the unique assets and breath taking geological wonders. The Monument offers, one of a kind, family focused opportunities to explore marble caves, stay overnight and enjoy casual and gourmet meals at a National Historic Landmark, the Oregon Caves Chateau, and hike trails through ancient forests.

The Majestic Beauty of the Pacific Northwest and the rustic period of Great Lodge construction come together at the Chateau at the Oregon Caves National Monument and Preserve.  Built in 1934, the Chateau at Oregon Caves National Monument celebrated its 75th anniversary in 2009. It is a rustic hotel in the Siskiyou Mountains located adjacent to the entrance to The Oregon Caves, the only active limestone formation in Oregon. Designed to be constructed in a marble canyon, this 23-room lodge retains its original charm and houses an historic collection of Monterey Furniture.

The Chateau is part of a larger development that includes several employee and rental cottages, and a visitor contact station, and a chalet which is employed as a dormitory, a gift shop, and for multiple other uses structure. These buildings are all under consideration for National Register status as part of an historic district. The buildings were all constructed between 1923 and 1941; the Chateau is, without question, the most outstanding of the structures.

The Friends of the Oregon Caves and Chateau, was formed in 2008 in cooperation with the National Park Service to preserve, protect and improve the cultural and natural resources of the monument.  The first major project the Friends will undertake is to restore the Oregon Caves Chateau.