Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park

Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park developed around the unique geologic feature: a cave carved from the Madison Limestone Formation. Though Native Americans must have known about the caverns, the cave did not become well known until two ranchers noticed it in November of 1892. With Civil Conservation Corps development, the site was deeded by the Northern Pacific Railroad to the state of Montana to become its first state park.

Today visitors explore the most highly decorated limestone caverns in the northwest on an informative two-hour guided tour. Cave passages are lined with a variety of vibrant stalactites, stalagmites, columns, helictites, flowstone ribbons and popcorn.

Learn about geologic development and the history of early exploration; gain insight into the delicate ecology of this fabulous underground!

Contact Information

Rhea Armstrong - Lewis and Clark Caverns State Park Mangaer
Reservations:
(406)287-3541 (406)287-3034 (Fax)

Address:
25 Lewis and Clark Cavens Rd PO Box 489 Whitehall, MT 59759 US

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Other Information

  • Seasons Open

    Classic Tour - May through September Paradise Tour - May through September Wild Cave Tour - mid-June through mid-August Candlelight Tours - 6 days in December that vary each year depending on when Christmas lands.
  • Prices and Fees

    varied
  • Accessibility

    Only Paradise Tours can accommodate those with physical limitations. A wheelchair can do the gravel trail to the cave while the inner portion of the Paradise Rooms are paved. If the visitor can manage a dozen steps, then both sides of this marvelously large, beautifully decorated cave chamber can be seen from two separate viewpoints. The park has a golf cart for this 1/2 mile trail and a wheelchair - book ahead for these amenities.