When you think of Montana, you probably think of tall mountains. However, at Lewis and Clark Caverns State Park, the main attraction is below ground. One of the largest limestone caves in the northwest United States, the Lewis and Clark Caverns are named as such because the famous Lewis and Clark expedition camped within sight of the caverns in 1805. The 3,000-acre park features not just cave tours, but beautiful scenery and a campground, as well.

Tours of the caves are guided only, typically offered from May thru September. The Classic Tour is rated moderate to difficult, and includes 600 stairs, some ducking and climbing, and tight spaces within its two-hour time frame. Young ones, those with mobility issues, and claustrophobic visitors ought to take the 90-minute Paradise Tour instead, which is easier and more open-spaced. Either way, there is a half-mile hike to the caves and a half-mile hike back. If you wish to stay the night at the park, there is a campground with electric campsites, three cabins, and a tipi. Visit the park’s website or Facebook page for more information.

Have you visited Lewis and Clark Caverns State Park? Which cave tour or hiking trail do you recommend? Tell us all about your experience in the comments section below, and check out our previous article for more Montana state parks worth visiting.

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