Boyd Cave

Useful Information

Location: Near Bend. From Bend follow U.S. Highway 97 (Dalles California Hwy) south for 6 km, then turn left into China Hat Road. After 14 km at the left side, turn into Forest Service Road 18-242, there is a tiny 242 sign.
Open: no restrictions.
Wanderlust Cave Tour: All year 9-12, 13:30-16:30.
Fee: free.
Wanderlust Cave Tour: Adults USD 47, Children (5-12) USD 42, Children (0-4) not allowed.
Classification: Speleologylava tube
Light: bring torch
Dimension: L=800 m.
Guided tours: self guided, L=1600 m, D=1 h.
Address: Deschutes National Forest, Tel: +1-541-383-4000.
Wanderlust Tours, Tel: +1-800-962-2862, Tel: +1-541-389-8359. E-mail: contact
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Although Boyd Cave is not a show cave, it is somewhat developed. Gravel Forest Service Road 18-242 leads to the entrance, which is just a hole in the ground with a rusty fence. There is a parking loop and a staircase leading down into the cave.

The main tunnel starts to the left, the cave is about 800 m long with a mostly flat floor. There are some narrow and low parts, sometimes there are fallen rocks on the floor. At the end the tunnel becomes a very low crawl.

The cave is open all year, so it is a fine tour for a poor weather winter day. It may be visited on your own, but it is also possible to take a guided tour with Wanderlust Tours. They provide helmets, headlamps and gloves, sturdy boots and warm clothes are also a good idea.