Lewis and Clark Caverns is a state park in Montana. It features a large camping area with tent sites, RV areas, and cabins as well as a beautiful natural cave. We spent one night in a cabin, completed the Junior Ranger Program, and took the cave tour.
The cabins at Lewis and Clark are simple, but comfortable. They have no running water though there is a bathroom with pay-showers nearby. There was electricity in the cabin along with a bunkbed, queen bed, and table and chairs. It was comfortable camping with no sleeping on the ground, but we did need to bring our own bed linens. No wifi was available in the camping area.
The highlight of Lewis and Clark Caverns is obviously the cave. The tour is unique in that it requires stooping and even sliding in some places. We’ve never been in a guided cave that was quite as adventurous as this one. Also, there are a lot of stairs, which can get slippery in the cave. For this reason, it may not be a great adventure for the very old or very young.
There is a half mile hike to the cave. It is a bit steep, but the worst part is the lack of shade. We went on the first tour of the day in July, and it was still plenty hot. It doesn’t help that you need to carry a jacket because the cave is quite cool inside.
Our favorite thing about Lewis and Clark Caverns was seeing the bats. They are clustered just inside the entrance. They hang in small groups on the ceiling, so please be quiet in this area of the cave.
The hike through the cave is very refreshing after the hot walk to the cave. There are many steps and a lot of ducking involved, so watch your head. We always wear hats in caves so if we do bump our heads, at least the rock doesn’t cut the skin. This cave has all of the features of a cave that you are looking for like cave bacon, shields, cave popcorn, stalagmites and stalactites, so it is a fun cave to explore.
At one point there is a narrow slide in the cave. Though you can duck-walk down this section, it is much more fun to sit down and slide, even though the slide is slightly damp. If you’re at the end of the line, it won’t be wet anymore, so you may want to hang back.
We loved Lewis and Clark Caverns and will return to the cave next time we are in this section of Montana. To check out other great caving opportunities, click here.
Lewis and Clark Caverns State Park is located at 25 Lewis and Clark Caverns Rd.
Latitude/Longitude: (45.82289 / -111.85082)
Cave Tour Information
Cave Tours are offered May 1 to September 30. Tickets are only available for same day purchase on a first come, first served basis. There is a small visitor center down by the camping area and it is open year round. For more specific hours, visit the state parks website.