In August 2004 the Skunk crawled into the entrance of the Oregon Caves, located in the extreme southwest corner of the state.
Elijah Davidson, the first known man to enter Oregon Caves National Monument, entered in pursuit of his favorite dog Bruno and a bear in late November of 1874.Oregon Caves is a solutional cave, with passages totaling about 15,000 feet (2.84 miles) that formed in marble. The parent rock was originally limestone that metamorphosed to marble during the geologic processes that created the Klamath Mountains, including the Siskiyous. Although the limestone formed about 190 million years ago, the cave itself is no older than a few million years.
Oregon Caves is unusual in that it was formed in marble. Most caves created by dissolving of rocks are formed
in limestone or dolomite. Of the more than 3,900 caves managed by the National Park Service, only those
in Oregon Caves National Monument, Kings Canyon National Park, and Great Basin National Park have marble caves.
Where are the Oregon Caves? They are located in the extreme southwest of Oregon near Cave Junction, OR.
Entrance to a side cavern.
Small opening but it might
open into a room the size of
a football stadium. I do not
know if all the side caverns
have been explored or not.
This completes our spelunking expedition. Hope you enjoyed it as much as the Skunk did. If you find yourself in SW Oregon, I encourage you to explore this beautiful cave.