Hike-in Required
Open Year-round
ADA accessible
Guided tours
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The Oregon Vortex Mystery House is a family-friendly roadside museum attraction based around the story of the discovery of the area's strange physical effects resulting from its location at a 'vortex'. 

Built in the 1930's, the attraction is one of the rare active remaining roadside americana type destinations in the area. Visitors are led on a guided tour throughout the grounds, with guides demonstrating and encouraging participation in several examples of strange effects resulting from the vortex. These include gravity working backwards, visitors' height changing in relation to one another, and objects being able to stand upright defying gravity. Throughout tours, guides offer a 'scientific' explanation of the reasons why the Mystery House is uniquely affected by the vortex.

Tours follow a course through the forest, with some climbing involved. The path is pretty easy and is open to nearly all ability levels. Guides make a point of involving children and encouraging tour members to participate. The location lies along Sardine Creek just uphill from the small town of Gold Hill.

Overall, the Oregon Vortex Mystery House is a family-friendly way to experience the lower Cascade forest on a tour that provides humor and entertainment to those participating, through a uniquely-constructed location of optical illusions and perspectives.

While walk up entry is a possibility, tours tend to sell out in advance during weekends and the summer season, so advance reservations online are encouraged.

For complete information, visit the Oregon Vortex Mystery House website.

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Parking Pass

Admission Fee


Entertaining. Unique experience. Family friendly.


Tours can sell out early during summer weekends.

Pets allowed

Not Allowed


Vault toilet
Family friendly
Guided tours



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