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Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park

Discover one of the most highly decorated limestone caverns in North America.
Camp, hike and experience amazing geologic wonders at Montana's first and best-known state park.

Alerts & Closures

Stage II Fire Restrictions for Jefferson County County in the Helena Fire Restriction Area.

The following acts are prohibited until further notice:

  1.  Building, maintaining, attending, or using a fire or campfire.
  2. Smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site or while stopped in an area at least three feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable materials.

The following acts are prohibited from 1:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m.:

  1. Operating any internal combustion engine.
  2. Welding, or operating acetylene or other torch with open flame.
  3. Using an explosive. (A patrol is required for two hours following cessation of all activities as identified in #3 above.)
  4. Operating motorized vehicles off designated roads and trails.

Exemptions to the fire restrictions:

  1. Persons with a written permit that specifically authorizes the otherwise prohibited act.
  2. Persons using a device fueled solely by liquid petroleum or LPG fuels that can be turned on and off.
  3. Operating motorized vehicles on designated roads and trails.Emergency repair of public utilities and railroads as per attached conditions.
  4. Persons conducting activities in those designated areas where the activity is specifically authorized by written posted notice.
  5. Any Federal, State, or local officer, or member of an organized rescue or firefighting force in the performance of an official duty.
  6. All land within a city boundary is exempted.

Cave Gulch Trail is closed.


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.

Seasons & Hours

Hours listed below are normal operating hours and may not apply when there is a special restriction or closure. Check Alerts and Closures in the tab below.


Park

Park and trails are open.

Cave Tours available May 28-Sept 30 (click here for more information) 

Vistor Center

Open 10am-4pm, Wednesay-Sunday
 
Water
Available May 2 - Sept 30.
 
Showers & Comfort Station
May -  September

About the Park

Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park features one of the largest known limestone caverns in the Northwest. Cave Tours are by guided tour only and will be offered May 28 – September 30th.  Tickets will be available daily only on site from 9 am through 4:30 pm or until tickets are sold out; no reservations except for educational groups.  Two tour types, the Classic Tour and the Paradise Tour will be offered.

Extra precautions are being taken for the park’s bat populations.  While White Nose Syndrome (a fungal disease that affects bats but not humans) has reached Montana, Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park staff strive to decrease additional stressors that might affect bats such as exposure to Covid-19.  Any visitor choosing to take the Classic Tour of the Cave will need to bring and wear a face mask just in the areas where the bat colony resides.  Those needing to go mask-free can still see the cave by taking the Paradise Tour that visits portions of the cave where bats do not live.

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, and 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. There is a $5 charge to use the dump station.

The site encompasses 3,015 acres. The entry area is at an elevation of 4,300 feet and the caverns area is at an elevation of 5,300 feet.

Activities

  • Bicycling
  • Bird Watching
  • Camping
  • Canoeing
  • Deer Hunting
  • Fishing
  • Group Camping
  • Guided Cave Tours
  • Hiking
  • History
  • Hunting
  • Lewis And Clark
  • Nature
  • Photography
  • Picnicking
  • River Fishing
  • RV Camping
  • Tent Camping
  • Visitor Center
  • Wildlife Viewing

Amenities

Some amenities are seasonal. Check with the park for availability.

  • ADA Accessible
  • Camp Host*
  • Electricity
  • Established Fire Pits
  • Firewood for Sale
  • Gift Shop
  • Holiday Event
  • Interpretive Display
  • Maps
  • Parking
  • Pets Allowed (outdoors on a leash, not allowed in the caverns)
  • Picnic Shelter
  • Playground
  • Public Restroom
  • RV Dump Station*
  • RV Hookups
  • Shower*
  • Toilets (Flush)*
  • Toilets (Vault)
  • Tours*
  • Trash Removal
  • Water*

*Only available May-September

Events and Programs

2021 Recurring Events

Fridays May 28th-August 27th - Friday Summer Speakers Series

Saturdays - Ranger-led Hikes or Talks

Mondays - Ranger Programs

 

2021 Special Events

August 7-14 - Bat Week (activities daily)

September 11- Day of Service: Trail Work Event

October 23 - Escape Cabin

Park Rules

Volunteer

Contact the park manager for open volunteer positions at Lewis and Clark Caverns State Park.

For complete position descriptions, application forms, and details about Montana State Parks volunteer programs, visit the Volunteers page.

Fees

MONTANA RESIDENTS

  • Day use entrance is free*

NONRESIDENTS

  • Day use entrance fee with a vehicle: $8
  • Day use entrance fee as a walk-in, bicycle or bus passenger: $4
  • With a Nonresident Entrance Pass: Free

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Guided Cave Tours

Tour Name                            Adult             Youth                   Child                                                           Seniors

                                                15+ years            5-14 Years           4 & Under              62+ Years

 

  • Classic Cave Tour                  $15            $10                       $5                                                $15
  • Paradise Tour                         $15            $10                       Free                                                $10
  • Wild Cave Tour                       $40            Must be 15+        Must be 15+                                                $25
  • Candlelight Tour                     $25            $15                       Must be 5+                                                $25
  • Educational Group Tour         $12            $8                         $4                                                $12
  • Specialty Tours                                   $50 per person or as posted

(i.e. Photography Tour)                                          

 

  • Guided Hikes & Tours            $4 per person or as posted
  • Interpretive & Educational

Programs

 

 

 

Campsites

  • Campsite fees range from $4-$34 per night, depending on season and available amenities.

Montana State Parks offers hike/bike, rustic, tent, rv, and boatslip campsites.

 

Cabins

Residents and Nonresidents with a Park Pass:

  • $54 per night.
  • $50 between third Monday in September—third Thursday in May

Nonresidents:

  • $66 per night. 
  • $60 between third Monday in September—third Thursday in May

 

Tipis

Residents and Nonresidents with a Park Pass:

  • $30 per night 
  • $26 between third Monday in September—third Thursday in May

Nonresidents:

  • $42 Per night. 
  • $36 between third Monday in September—third Thursday in May

 

Visit Reserve America to check fees and reserve campsites, cabins and tipis at Lewis and Clark Caverns State Park.

 

* Montana residents who pay the $9 state parks fee with their annual vehicle registration have no daily entrance fees to state parks. For residents who don't include this in their vehicle registration, non-resident day use fees apply.

Contact Information

Mailing Address:
Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park
PO Box 489
Whitehall, MT 59759

Phone: 406-287-3541
Email: rarmstrong@mt.gov

 

Reservation Phone Number:

1-855-922-6768

Recreate Responsibly

Tips to stay safe while getting outdoors

To keep our state parks safe and accessible to all, make sure you know before you go, practice physical distancing, plan ahead, play it safe, explore locally, leave no trace, respect wildlife, and do your part to build an inclusive outdoors. 

Visit the Recreate Responsibly page for more information 

Lewis and Clark Caverns State Park

Address

25 Lewis and Clark Caverns Rd.
Whitehall, MT 59759
Latitude/Longitude:
(45.82289 / -111.85082)

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Meet The Park Manager

Rhea Armstrong

Rhea Armstrong began working for Montana State Parks as a seasonal tour guide at Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park in 1986 while attending Western Montana College in Dillon majoring in Elementary Education. She continued working summers at the park throughout her teaching career, and in 2005, became the assistant manager. Rhea was promoted to Park Manager of Lost Creek, Anaconda Smoke Stack, and Granite Ghost Town State Parks in 2013.

CONTACT INFO
Mailing Address:
Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park
PO Box 489
Whitehall, MT 59759

Phone: 406-287-3541
Email: rarmstrong@mt.gov

Photo of Park Manager Rhea Armstrong