Gold Hill, OR 97525-9732
The House of Mystery itself was originally an assay office and later used for tool storage, built by the Old Grey Eagle Mining Company in 1904. But the history of the surrounding area, The Oregon Vortex, goes way back to the time of the Native Americans. Their horses would not come into the affected area, so they wouldn't. The Native Americans called the area the "Forbidden Ground", a place to be shunned. Many years before The House of Mystery was built it was noted that unusual conditions existed there. But it was not until well into the 20th century that any effort was made toward a scientific analysis of the disturbance.
The Oregon Vortex is a glimpse of a strange world where the improbable is the commonplace and everyday physical facts are reversed. It is an area of naturally occurring visual and perceptual phenomena, which can be captured on film. No matter your education or profession you will find a challenge to all your accepted theories.
Hours + Fees
June, July, August - Open 9:00 AM PST to 5:00 PM PST
Still Cameras welcome. No motion video or audio recorders of any kind are allowed in the Vortex, due to copyright issues.
Souvenir, novelty, and cold drink shop open during season
Large Trailer, Bus, and RV turnaround at Vortex
Paved road all the way
Antiques on display
Pets and Animals:
Pets and animals are not allowed in the area or on tours. There are two exceptions to this. The first is a trained seeing-eye dog accompanied by a disabled person. Dogs still in training are not allowed. The second exception is a small dog that is nice, does not bite, and does not bark. These small dogs can be taken through if they are carried in a pouch or other carrier the entire time they are in the area. The House of Mystery is a very crooked building and your hands must be free while inside. There is shaded parking for warm days and a nearby creek that pets and animals may get a drink at with supervision. What many people do is have someone in their group wait outside with the pet. This allows the rest of your group to go through without needing to leave your pet in the car on a hot day. We apologize for any inconvenience caused by this policy.
Map + Directions
Coming on I-5 Southbound, from Eugene, Portland, or Washington:
Take Exit 43 off of I-5 and turn left at the end of the offramp.
At the end of the overpass, turn right onto Highway 99.
Follow the road over Rock Point Bridge and continue on Highway 99 to the right.
Turn left onto Sardine Creek Road a quarter mile after the billboard.
5. Follow Sardine Creek Road for 3 miles and continue left at the fork, following the creek.
6. Follow Sardine Creek Left Fork Road 1.3 miles to The Oregon Vortex.
Coming on I-5 Northbound, from Ashland, Medford, or California:
Take Exit 40 off of I-5 and turn right at the end of the offramp.
Turn left at Highway 99, towards Gold Hill.
Follow Highway 99 for 2 miles through Gold Hill.
Turn right at the large billboard onto Sardine Creek Road.
Follow Sardine Creek Road for 3 miles and continue left at the fork, following the creek.
Follow Sardine Creek Left Fork Road 1.3 miles to The Oregon Vortex.