Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park

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Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park

Montana

(406) 287-3541

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Overview

Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park is Montana's first and best-known state park featuring one of the largest known limestone caverns in the Northwest. Naturally air-conditioned, these spectacular caves, lined with stalactites, stalagmites, columns, and helictites, are electrically lighted and safe to visit. It's always a great time to explore the colorful limestone formations with a knowledgeable and friendly guide. Above ground, a self-guided nature trail provides opportunities to understand the natural surroundings. Also available is a nine mile hiking trail, 40 space campground, three camping cabins, tipi, picnic sites, firewood, flush and vault toilets, showers, group use area, RV dump station, public phone, grills/fire rings, picnic tables, trash cans, drinking water and a food, beverage and gift concession. The park is open year around, but guided tours are only conducted daily between May 1 and September 30. From May 1 to June 14 and the day after Labor Day to September 30, the tour hours are 9:00 am to 4:30 pm. From June 15 to Labor Day, the tour hours are 9:00 am to 6:30 pm. The park has a visitor center, interpretive displays and evening programs presented during the summer months. The site encompasses 2,920 acres at an elevation of 5,010 feet.

Map of Lewis & Clark Caverns (MT)

Latitude, Longitude: 45.833580, -111.861420

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Activities

  • Bicycling

    Bicycling on roads and designated trails is a great way to explore the park above-ground.

  • Camping

    The park provides a large campground, showers, RV dump facilities, tipi, and 3 cabins. Please be aware that water is turned off from October 1-April 30, so flush toilets, showers, drinking water, and the RV dump facilities are available only during the summer.

  • Caving

    Plan to spend a minimum of 2 hours to hike 2 miles on the guided tour through the caverns. See the geologic development, learn the history of early exploration and gain an insight into the delicate ecology of this world without light.

  • Fishing

    There is limited river access for anglers, and only foot traffic is permitted.

  • Hiking

    While you're at the park, you might also want to hike the extensive trail system.

  • Picnicking

    The sheltered picnic site provides tables, grills, and fire rings for visitors.

  • RVing

    The campground provides RV sites with hookups. Water is turned off from October 1 to April 30, so flush toilets, showers, drinking water, and the RV dump facilities are available only during the summer.

Seasonality/Weather

The park is open year around, but guided tours are only conducted daily between May 1 and September 30. From May 1 to June 14 and the day after Labor Day to September 30, the tour hours are 9:00 am to 4:30 pm. From June 15 to Labor Day, the tour hours are 9:00 am to 6:30 pm.

Directions

Driving

22 miles west of Three Forks on Montana 2 or 18 miles east of Whitehall on Montana 2.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(406) 287-3541

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