Lewis & Clark Caverns
Camp, hike and experience amazing geologic wonders at Montana's first and best-known state park showcase of one of the most highly decorated limestone caverns in the Northwest.
Park open all year,
Cave open only May 1 to September 30 and for Holiday Tours in December. Cave is closed the rest of the year.
Visitor Center open all year except closed Thanksgiving, Dec. 24, 25, 31 and Jan. 1
8:30 am - 5:00 pm daily
Open until 7pm in mid-summer
Winter hours, January - March:
Open Wed - Sun, 10 am - 4 pm
Caverns Tours - Access to cave by guided tours only.
Holiday Candlelight Tours
December 10 & 11; 17 & 18, 29 & 30,
10:00 am - 2:30 pm
Tickets go on Sale Monday, Nov.28th by calling the park office.
Cost: $20 adults (12 and Up), $8 children (6 to 11). Children 5 and under are discouraged from attempting the tour.
May 1 to September 30.
$12 for adults (12 yrs. and up), $5 for children (6 yrs. - 11 yrs.), 5 yrs. and under are free.
Wild Cave Tours
June - August only
$30/person, ages 12 and over; reservations required.
25 Lewis and Clark Caverns Rd.
Whitehall, MT 59759
Latitude/Longitude: (45.82289 / -111.85082)
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Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park
PO Box 489
Whitehall, MT 59759
Lewis & Clark Caverns
Make Lewis & Clark Caverns part of your holiday tradtion!
2016 Holiday Candlelight Tours start December 10th. Tickets go on sale Monday, November 28th. To purchase tickets, call the Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park office at (406) 287-3541. Learn more ».
Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park features one of the largest known limestone caverns in the Northwest.
Access to cave is by guided tours only. Summer tours are available from May 1 - Sept. 30. Plan to spend about two hours to hike about two miles on the caverns' guided tour. Tickets are purchased upon arrival; reservations are not needed and are not taken. Summer Cave Tours are $12 for adults (12 and up), $5 for children between the ages of 6 and 11, five and under are free. Special candlelight tours of Lewis and Clark Caverns are offered during the holiday season every December.
Wild Cave Tours - Experience Lewis & Clark Caverns like never before. This introduction to caving gives visitors a face to face look at some of the wildest cave geology (speleothems) Lewis and Clark Caverns offers. Participants will explore the caverns with only headlamps for light to give the full caving experience. Tours are $30 per person; ages 12 and over and reservations are required. Wild Cave Tours are offered on Sunday and Tuesday evenings from 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm, June 19th – August 23rd.
Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park also features camping and trails to hike or bike, a state-of-the-art visitor center, interpretive displays, a gift shop, food and beverage concessions, amphitheater, interpretive events presented during the summer months.
The park has a large campground with 40 campsites, a tipi, and three cabins, which you can reserve online, and a group camping area, which you must contact the park to reserve.
The site encompasses 3,015 acres and the entry area is at an elevation of 4,300 feet and the caverns area is at an elevation of 5,300 feet.
Did explorers Lewis & Clark discover the caverns? They did not discover the caverns. The Corps of Discovery travelled within today's park boundaries but explorers Lewis & Clark and members of the expedition never set foot in the actual caverns. President Theodore Roosevelt used the name Lewis & Clark when he made the caverns a National Monument on the same day the Grand Canyon received this honor. Roosevelt named the site Lewis & Clark Cavern National Monument--recognizing the fact that it had been over 100 years since the famed Lewis & Clark Corps of Discovery expedition and nothing in the federal system had yet been named for them. The Grand Canyon went on to become a National Park while Lewis & Clark Caverns became Montana's first state park.
Help us conserve the bat population at Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park. White nose syndrome is a fungal disease, well established in the eastern portion of North America and recently found in the west. It does not affect humans, but has proven lethal to bats. If you have been to a cave or mine in the past two years, do not wear the same clothing, shoes or accessories as you wore there on our caverns tour. If it cannot be avoided (for example, eye glasses or shoes) please contact park staff the day of your visit in order to obtain a disinfecting wipe.
- Bird Watching
- Deer Hunting
- Group Camping
- Guided Cave Tours
- Lewis And Clark
- River Fishing
- RV Camping
- Tent Camping
- Visitor Center
- Wildlife Viewing
Services and Amenities Available
- ADA Accessible
- Camp Host
- Established Fire Pits
- Firewood for Sale
- Gift Shop
- Holiday Event
- Interpretive Display
- Pets Allowed
- Picnic Shelter
- Public Restroom
- RV Dump Station
- RV Hookups
- Toilets (Flush)
- Toilets (Vault)
- Trash Removal