Oregon Caves: Chateau & Nature Trail

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Welcome back to National Parks and other public lands with T!
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The Chateau at Oregon Caves is one of the National Park’s “Great Lodges,” and a National Historic Landmark. While visiting the park we went into the Chateau to admire the decor and have lunch in the 1930s era Caves Café.

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What a fun retro café! We were delighted to step back in time while relaxing in this charming and friendly soda fountain.

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We especially enjoyed the sweet potato fries and the shakes were huge and yummy. My daughter could not finish her chocolate malted so of course I helped her… Delicious, best shake I’ve ever tasted.

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After our lunch and cave tour, we had time for a short hike before getting back on the road. We picked up The Cliff Nature Trail behind the Visitor Center. This one-mile loop travels over the marble cave and ascends nearly 400 feet through the fir trees of Siskiyou National Forest to panoramic views of the Illinois Valley.

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It took us less than an hour to complete the trail, allowing for a slow ascent and lots of photo stops.

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Location: 19000 Caves Hwy, Cave Junction, OR 97523
Designation: National Monument
Date designated/established: July 12, 1909
Date of my visit: August 2016

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9 thoughts on “Oregon Caves: Chateau & Nature Trail

  1. Pingback: Oregon Caves: Chateau & Nature Trail — National Parks With T – ° BLOG ° Gabriele Romano

  2. Love the retro café and the treats it offered. Definitely fitting of a bygone era. The short hike for view was an added bonus. Hope all is well T. Allan

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