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“Awesome cave and camping!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Lewis and Clark Caverns State Park

Lewis and Clark Caverns State Park
19 miles west of Three Forks on Montana 2, Three Forks, MT 59752
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Type: State Parks, Outdoors
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“Awesome cave and camping!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2010

The park is easy to locate and there is a $5 day use fee for non Montana residents. The camping area is immediately to your left as you drive toward the caverns. There is a playground and the area is flat and open so it's good for the kids to ride their bikes. There are some electrical hook-ups and a dump station for campers. Plenty of parking but not too many camping spaces. They are a first come first serve set-up except for a few cabins and a teepee to rent, which needs reservations. The bathrooms are clean with flush toilets and showers are available (for a fee). There is a large sink at the rear of the restroom building which is great for washing dishes. There are trails from the campground to the caverns but they are fairly long so we decided to drive. The road to the caverns is uphill and switchbacks but is a good road. At the parking lot there is a information building next to where you purchase tickets for the cavern tour. There is also a gift shop/restaurant area where you can get sandwiches and ice cream. There are bathrooms located just outside the gift shop. For those bringing dogs, there are kennels available. They are located below the parking lot with a stairway leading to them. There is water avaiable from a spigot so don't forget the water dish. To use the kennel you leave your driver's license at the ticket booth and they will give you a lock and key. There is no charge for the kennel. I can't remember the exact cost for the tour of the caverns but I think it was about $10 or less per person. If you are planning on taking a tour you will need good walking shoes. It is a bit of a hike up to the entrance of the cavern that takes approximately 30 minutes. The entire tour lasts about 2 hours. It is cool inside so a light jacket is nice. A flashlight is handy but not necessary. Pictures are allowed but flashes aren't in certain areas. No food or drink, other than water bottles are allowed in the caverns. The paths are well-lighted inside and very safe for small children as long as they don't stray from the group. There are areas where it is wet and sometimes you may need to sit down and slide through a narrow opening. The view is fantastic! The caverns are full of stalactites, stalagmites and columns. The guides are knowledgeable and entertaining. It is well worth the time and effort to go through the caverns. It's an easy day trip and not far from Yellowstone National Park.

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Austin, TX
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“Interesting but not for everyone”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2010

Just came back from Montana and had a few hours to spend so we decided to go to the Lewis & Clark Caverns. I did read the reviews beforehand about the hike up and it was not an exaggeration. We caught the tail end of a group and had to hurry a bit to catch up. That hike is one you want to take your time on, not hurry. I wish I would have brought a small bottle of water with me to drink when I finally got to the entrance. Regardless, inside the cavern it was interesting enough and that's the first time I had to slide on my backside to reach another room. This tour would probably not be good for small children or anyone experiencing back problems, etc. as you are constantly bending over to get to the next area. We were in a large group so I felt like we were rushed a bit and didn't get an opportunity to take as many photos as I would have liked. The lighting is very dim which wouldn't be so bad except there are many tight areas where it would have been helpful to see more of where you are stepping. We have seen more beautiful formations in other caves but if you have some time and are in decent shape, this would be an OK side trip.

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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“Fun Caving”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2010

We enjoyed the tour of the caverns. On the positive side, it was quite rustic, natural, poorly lighted, not like a Disney cave. There were many interesting formations and sights to see, and we got some good excercise. Caution, there is an uphill, .75 mile hike in the sun to get to the mouth of the cave.

On the negative side, the guide talked too much and tried to be too entertaining, and the tour took almost two and a half hours (could have been done in less than two hours). In addition there were a number of children, older and out of shape visitors who held things up. Be sure to bring your patience. All things considered, we enjoyed the experience and would recommend it.

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Morinville, Alberta
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2010

The cave tour is absolutely amazing. You get to see many different cave formations that are thousands of years old. Our tour guide was fantastic and we would defiantly go again.

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“If you're going to Yellowstone, don't miss this!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2010

WOW! Great experience. The tour was well worth the visit! It seems as though one would only see this in a Disneyland ride, but all the caves are as natural as can be. Also, the guide we had was so informative and entertaining, even our 12 and 14 y.o. kids had a fun time.

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