State Parks - Region 3
Friday, May 28, 2010
Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park, the magical place many Montanans may remember from a school tour long ago, has declared June “Family Month.” The park will offer guided tours at $20 for a family of four.
“We'd like to see parents share the unforgettable experience of a Lewis & Clark caverns tour with their children," said Lynette Kemp, Caverns park manager. "Those who have not visited the caves recently will notice how the new lighting in the Paradise Room illuminates features in dramatic ways we could not achieve before." The family discount includes two adults and two children. Additional family members will be $10 per adult, $5 for ages 6-11. There is no charge for children under the age of six.
Lewis & Clark Caverns, one of the most highly decorated limestone caverns in the Northwest, is lined with colorful stalactites, stalagmites, columns, and helicitites.
“We’d also encourage families to stop by the new visitor center that opened on May 15,” Kemp added. “The topographical relief map and other displays are a good way to orient oneself to all the park has to offer.”
While at the park, families might also enjoy a hike on the extensive trail system or participate in one of the interpretive programs. There are also several picnic areas, a large campground with showers, RV dump facilities, a rental tipi, and three rental cabins. The campground now features nine sites with electrical hookups. Many visitors use the Lewis & Clark Caverns campground as a “base camp” while enjoying several nearby state parks, attractions, and the adjacent Jefferson River.
Those planning to take advantage of the June family month discount may print out a coupon by going to the FWP Web page at fwp.mt.gov. Under “State Parks,” look for “Caverns Family Month.” Print out the coupon and take it to the park in June.
Additional family members beyond the four included in the special can join the tour at the regular rate of $10 for adults or $5 for children ages 6-11. Children under the age of six can participate at no charge.Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park is located 22 miles west of Three Forks on Montana 2 or 18 miles east of Whitehall on Montana 2. For more information, call (406) 287-3541 or visit the Caverns Web page at www.lewisandclarkcaverns.org.