America's Best History Spotlight

On this page we're going to Spotlight the lesser known historic sites and attractions that dot the history landscape across the USA and are worth a visit if you're in their area. And while they may be lesser known, some are very unique, and will be that rare find. You'll be, at times, on the ground floor, or maybe even know something others don't. It'll be fun. Visit them.

Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument

Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument, Oregon/California

It's a wonder of nature in views of meadows, streams, and mountains within the Cascade Range and Siskiyou Mountains, all one hundred and fourteen thousand acres of it. It was expanded to that acreage in 2017 by President Obama after the National Monument designation by President Clinton in 2000. The land, now protected, includes the Pacific Coast Trail, campsites at five thousand feet, and history of the Modoc, Klamath, and Shasta tribes. For deeper history of the land, you'll find the interior of a volcano at Pilot Rock, or the remnants of settler cabins from the time when mining took over the region. All part of the adventure that awaits. Image above: View from Hobart Bluff, 2020, Kyle Sullivan. Courtesy Bureau of Land Managment via Flickr, CC BY 2.0.

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Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument

Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument, Oregon/California

When preserved in 2000, Cascade-Siskiyou became the first national monument dedicated to biodiversity, and its preservation attempts to strike a balance between the needs of the surrounding communities, recreation, and nature. It's one of the relatively few, twenty-eight in total as of 2021, national monuments that are run by the Bureau of Land Management, and not the National Park Service. No, that will not matter to most, but is a fact. Other facts that might matter more to some is the reason for the diversity; the range of elevation and habitat allows for more than two hundred species of birds. The views are diverse as well, ranging from Hobart Bluff to the nearly thirty-six miles of the Pacific Coast Trail to Hyatt Lake.

Image above: Wooded trail at Hobart Bluff in the Oregon section of Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument, Kyle Sullivan. Courtesy Bureau of Land Management via Flickr, CC 2.0. Below: View at the Box O Ranch in the Soda Mountain Wilderness, 2019, Greg Shine. Courtesy Bureau of Land Management via Flickr, CC 2.0.

Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument

Where Is It

Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument is located seventeen miles southeast of Ashland, Oregon. There's no Visitor Center per se, but there is a contact station, open year round, at the Greensprings Inn that is staffed in the summer on weekends. That's just off the turnoff to the Hyatt Lake Access Road.

What is There Now

The National Monument includes over one hundred and fourteen thousand acres of recreation, nature, and wilderness. Most of the acreage is located in Oregon. There's no Visitor Center. A contact station is located and staffed in summer on weekends at the Green Springs Inn.

A popular recreation area is located at Hyatt Lake with camping, ranger led hikes, and evening programs.

When Open and How Much

Open year round and free to visit. Developed campground at Hyatt Lake open Memorial Day to Labor Day.

Fees subject to change.

Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument

History Nearby

From this border area of Oregon and California, you can expand your search for history in both states. Some, including Crater Lake, can be seen from the heights of the trails at Cascade-Siskiyou.

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