Reserve your Fort Rock Cave tour now! (2012)

Summer tours begin in June

Fort Rock Cave tour

Guides will explain why archaeologists believe people lived in Fort Rock Cave at least 11,500 years ago, or 1,500 years before the end of the ice age. They base their estimates on the discovery of tools and other items, including dozens of sagebrush bark sandals.

Fort Rock Cave is one of the most important archaeological sites in the Western Hemisphere.  The world’s oldest known footwear (sagebrush bark sandals) were discovered here in 1938.  Designated as a National Historic Landmark in 1963, and as a National Natural Landmark in 1976, Fort Rock Cave is open only during Oregon State Park guided tours.

This year twice daily tours begin from nearby Fort Rock State Natural Area.  Call Reservations Northwest, 1-800-551-6949, to make your reservation. There is an $8 reservation fee. You can select a 9-11 a.m. or 11:30 a.m-1:30 p.m. session for one of the dates below.

  • June 7, 15 or 23
  • July 5, 13 or 21
  • Aug. 9, 17 or 25

Visit the Fort Rock Cave web page for more information.

Fort Rock Cave

Be prepared to walk at least one-half mile on uneven terrain. Dress for heat and wind, and don’t forget to bring water.

Posted on February 8, 2012, in event, state parks and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Fort rock cave is the most important least known about site in Oregon. Humans lived there in family groups aleast 9800 years before Lewis and Clark made their journey west. At paisley cave in the same area, evidence of human life dates back about 14000 Years ago. Adam and Eve were Oregonians!

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