Montana's first and best-known state park showcases one of the most highly decorated limestone caverns in the Northwest. Naturally air conditioned, these spectacular caves, lined with stalactites, stalagmites, columns, and helictites, date back through time. The hiking trails, rental cabins, and campground are open year-round; tours of the caverns are available from May 1-September 30. Plan to spend a minimum of 2 hours to hike 2 miles on the guided tour through the caverns. The park also provides trails, a brand new visitor center, amphitheater, picnic areas, 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. It's always a great time to explore the colorful limestone formations with a knowledgeable and friendly guide. See the geologic development, learn the history of early exploration and gain an insight into the delicate ecology of this world without light. While you're at the park, you might also want to hike or bike the extensive trail system, attend an interpretive program, or purchase a unique item in the gift shop. You can use this park as a base camp while you enjoy several nearby state parks, attractions, and the adjacent Jefferson River.

The walk up to the cave is about 1.5 miles. When you exit the cave you are below the entrance and the remaining walk is extremely easy it is 1.5 miles. so it's roughly 3 miles round trip to the cave and back. The Park guide was very informative and had a vast knowledge of the cave and surrounding area. There where several couples over 60 that were in our group they had no problems.

Excellent cave tour! Thanks

Amazing childhood experience. My wife and I can't wait to take our daughter.

A fairly nice loop trail. As others have said first mile is the hardest. You can also drive directly to the caves themselves and take the tour( caves being a 2 hour 2 mile hike in themselves)

I would say even if you didn't want to do the hike the caves them selves are well worth the trip.

hiking
3 months ago

first mile strenuous a man had a heart attack n died right in front of us also went to caverns perfect temp

Monday, August 14, 2017

Great way to get to the caves. Good views and a good climb.

nature trips
Sunday, July 23, 2017

Great for family. Bat country! Even a petrified bat if you have open eyes in the caverns. Well guided and there was enough time to explore without haste.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Awesome! Definitely worth time

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Saturday, July 23, 2016

Awesome

hiking
Wednesday, December 02, 2015

Viewed with family. Kids loved it

hiking
Friday, August 14, 2015

Yes, I did the caverns in December - when they are normally not open to the public. Each year in December, for limited dates and times, you can purchase special Candlelight Tours. What an amazing introduction to the Caverns. I've been back in summer months too. There are numerous trails in addition to doing just the cavern tour and I thoroughly enjoyed both.

hiking
Wednesday, August 05, 2015

Very cool place to check out. Definitely want to be in relatively good shape though, as it requires alot of stooping, bending, and climbing that could be rough for someone with knee or back problems. The caverns have a ton of beautiful limestone columns, stalagmites, stalagtites etc. The tour guides have always been friendly and informative, and are great about telling stories and answering any questions. Keep an eye out for the bats that frequent the cave.

hiking
Saturday, July 18, 2015

Lewis and Clark Caverns is an excellent cave tour. Really cool formations! Quite a few stairs, and lots of bending and stooping to get through the cave

hiking
3 months ago

hiking
Friday, August 05, 2016