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Lewis and Clark Caverns Whitehall

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Lewis and Clark Caverns
25 Lewis and Clark Caverns Road
Whitehall
MT
59759
Tel: 406-287-3541

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The caverns are located in the Lewis & Clark State Park at 25 Lewis and Clark Caverns Road - just off Hwy 2.

Where are we going today?

When you descend deep underground and spot those magnificent stalactites and stalagmites for the very first time, there is no mistake it's a pretty impressive experience!

Lewis & Clark Caverns are part of the Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park, and feature one of the LARGEST known caverns in the entire Northwest - pretty impressive!

As long as they are okay to the idea of being underground, kids will love seeing the amazing formations right in front of their very eyes!

The Lewis & Clark Caverns are naturally air-conditioned, so you don't have to worry about feeling hot and musty down there, and they are also lit for safety so you won't have to be trying to find your way around the dark.

Kids will love seeing the mighty stalactites and stalagmites, and well as the columns and even helictites. The formations are beautiful and it's a great way for them to learn about how these impressive caverns were forms over millions of years!

To experience the caves you need to be booked on a guided tour. It's best to allow two hours for the tour. The famous Beaver Slide is always a highlight of the tour for kids, and they can even keep and eye out to spot some bats!

Tours operate seasonally, but during December they offer candlelight tours especially for the festive spirit!

Because the Lewis & Clark Caverns are part of the state park, so you can really make a day of it because the park itself offers hiking or biking, camping, fishing, picnic spots, canoeing and wildlife waiting to be spotted and photographed!

A fantastic day out in one of the most picturesque areas of the state! 

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How much does it cost?

  • Adults$10 (over 12 years)
  • Children$5 (age 6 - 11)
  • Free Under: 5
LAST UPDATED 2014

When can we go?

Tours leave every 30 minutes between 9am - 4:30pm (6:30pm mid-June to mid-August)

Caverns open May 1 to Sept 30. Park is open year round.

I'm Hungry!

Bring your own lunch and enjoy it at the picnic tables within the state park! .

Any Top Tips?

Whilst the caves are open seasonally from May 1 to Sept 30, they do open for the Holiday Tours in December so make sure you don't miss out on an incredibly candlelight experience! .

Can I get one of those?

There is a gift shop to grab some lovely reminders of your experience!.

More information

The park is open all year round..

What people are saying?

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    I went to lewis an clark. And i love going when jim stearns does the caverns. Information and fun

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    Drove out of the way to show the caverns to the family. Definitely must see facility.

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    These are interesting limestone caverns certainly worth a visit if you are in the area. The tours are well-organized. On our tour we had a very talented and knowledgeable lady named Kerstin Feldhaus who knew her cave stuff. She was a caver and a soon to be graduate in Geology that answered all our questions with authority, humor and forthrightness! A warning for some of you: this is a strenuous hike. It is like taking a 2 mile while hiking, hunching, and sometimes even scooting up and down 500 feet. Lighting is minimal in places. I wouldn't recommend...Read More

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    Awesome tour Jim was a great tour guide

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    This summer was a blast! Especially when the family decided to go for a little weekend trip to the Lewis & Clark Caverns. I loved going into the caves, and exploring everything. But I just wish the camp-ground had more activities and shaded spots.

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by James Perdue

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These are interesting limestone caverns certainly worth a visit if you are in the area. The tours are well-organized. On our tour we had a very talented and knowledgeable lady named Kerstin Feldhaus who knew her cave stuff. She was a caver and a soon to be graduate in Geology that answered all our questions with authority, humor and forthrightness! A warning for some of you: this is a strenuous hike. It is like taking a 2 mile while hiking, hunching, and sometimes even scooting up and down 500 feet. Lighting is minimal in places. I wouldn't recommend this for the grossly overweight (for some of the narrow passages and steep climbs up and down), or those with night vision problems or bad cases of claustrophobia. Don't wear a brimmed hat because you can't see when you've cleared a low obstacle.

It is disappointing to see so many of the features broken due to mis-use in the early twentieth century when people didn't seem to care or know that these features take thousands of years to grow back! One of the structures dated go back 200,000 years.

Thanks for the professional tour and for sharing the beautiful caverns.

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