Bend, Oregon: Arnold Ice Caves

Tricky to find, and possibly rough on your car when you do, but how often do you get to see an ice cave?

Deschutes National Forest

NF-1820, Bend, OR
US 97 about four miles south of the downtown intersection of US 20. Turn east onto China Hat Rd/NF-18. From this point the roads are unimproved. Drive for 12 miles, then turn south onto NF-1820 to the caves.
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Arnold Ice Caves

In response to Chris's commentary: He's right, the caves are hard to find, but you can stop at the US Forestry Service office in Bend and they will give you all the info you need on the caves. We found that we had actually found all of caves and didn't realize it until we went to the US Forestry Service office. Two of the caves have been vandalized so we couldn't get into them.

[Cindy, 06/03/2005]
Arnold Ice Caves

The state or county or whoever has removed all the signs and identifying mile markers, etc., so that it is next to impossible to find any of the caves around Bend. Unless you've been there before and remember where they were, don't bother. You won't be able to find them.

[Chris, 05/28/2005]
Arnold Ice Caves

South of Bend, in the Oregon high desert, you will find the Arnold Ice Caves. These caves produce ice in vast quantities, and supplied the town with ice before electricity. At one time the powers that be built stairs into the cave, and the ice took over and covered the stairs. A must to see.

[, 02/01/1997]

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