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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.

2022 Season

Park, trails, and campground are open, please look at the ‘Seasons and Hours’ tab below for the latest availability of cave tours for the 2022 season, as well as hours for the upper visitor center, café, and gift shop and other important information.

About the Park

Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park features one of the largest known limestone caverns in the Northwest. Cave access by guided tour only.  Tickets will be available daily on site from 9 a.m. through 3:30 p.m. or until tickets are sold out.  Currently, only the Paradise Tour is being offered.  Please see “Seasons and Hours” for more information.   There is no access to the cave without a tour.

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.  Montana's bats face a deadly wildlife disease video.  

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. The park also has hiker/biker sites available on a first come/first served basis.  There is a $5 charge to use the dump station (currently closed until repairs to that system are complete).

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.

Alerts & Closures

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.


Park

  • Park and trails are open.
  • CLASSIC CAVE TOUR (Moderately Difficult)
    • Opening Memorial Day Weekend as staffing allows
  • PARADISE TOUR (Easy)
    • Starting May 1; offered Wednesdays-Sundays on the half hour - 9:30 a.m. through 3:30 p.m. - first come, first served

Vistor Center

  • October through April
    • 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
    • Wednesday through Sunday
    • Closed Monday and Tuesday
  • May through September
    • 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. daily

Water

  • Opening as soon as weather allows

Showers & Comfort Station

  • Opening as soon as weather allows

Montana Gift Corral

  • 8:30 am - 5:00 pm

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

2022 Summer Interpretive Programs

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

  • 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.

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

Guided Cave Tours

Tour Name  Adult 15+ Youth 5-14 yrs Child 4 & Under 

Seniors 62+ yrs 

Classic Cave $15 $10 $5 $15
Paradise $15 $10 Free $10
Wild Cave $40 Must be 15+ Must be 15+ $25
Candlelight $25 $15 Must be 5+ $25
*Educational      Group $12 $8 $4 $12

 

Guided Hikes & Tours:  $4 per person or as posted
Specialty Tours (i.e. Photography Tour):  $50 per person or as posted
Interpretive & *Educational Programs

*Please call the park at least 2 weeks prior to visit to receive the Education Rate


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