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“Hope you are in shape!!”

Lewis and Clark Caverns State Park
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Reviewed September 2, 2013

Very neat, must see! As other reviews have stated: they say it's a 1/4 mile hike but I'm sure it's longer than that! The trail is uphill on the side of the mountain and in the afternoon sun it's fairly strenuous. I would caution older folks or people who may have knee problems. We did it at 11 am and we were hot and sweaty by the time we reached the caverns. The inside of the caverns are about 50 degrees and after a hike I doubt you will want a sweatshirt. Once inside the caverns you will have to go up and down many stairs, bend, stoop and even sit down and slide on one section, no crawling through anything but if you are claustrophobic you may have some issues. The tour guide (Derrick) was great, very funny and knowledgeable. They do have a kennel you can keep your dog in while on the tour. Would recommend!

3  Thank Lisa P
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Reviewed September 2, 2013 via mobile

If you are in bad shape, you may want to skip this. I say this as someone in relatively good shape who's still sore from climbing 300 feet up and then crawling, sliding and ducking through the caves. The sights are fantastic, but it's taxing. Our guide was great and there's a cafe/ gift shop that was nice. I'm six feet tall and fairly hefty, but I didn't have much issue with the tight space. Kids around 9 or 10 will absolutely love it.

2  Thank rj7341
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Reviewed August 30, 2013

Start the tour with a 3/4 mile hike up the mountain gaining 300 feet - not terrible if you're in shape, but strenuous under the sun (there are benches for resting). Upon making it to the entrance you will be greeted by natural air conditioning (temperature stays around 50 degrees 24/7). You will likely see a few bats (they are somewhat shy) and then start your descent inside the guts of the mountain. Even though most of the staircases are quite good, you will need to be sure footed in certain areas. Not recommended for someone who cannot duck and go on all fours, slide down a 5ft rock slide, squeeze in between crevices, claustrophobics and vertigo sufferers (there is a 90 ft drop). If you qualify or can get past your natural apprehension to be 500 ft below ground, you will be greeted by some of the most amazing natural constructs anywhere. You will learn a bit of the story of the caves, when the initial tours were done by horse and candle light. And you will experience complete darkness which is not something you can easily experience anywhere else. The guides are super cool and if you have a daring group of people, you may even get spooked a bit (but the guides cleverly gauge the "personality" of the group to ensure no one has a bad time so YMMV if people around you are uncomfortable with the ambience). There's plenty of oxygen to breathe normally, but as air takes time to recirculate through the cavern, your freshest air will be with the first tour at 9:20sh in the morning. Last tour departs at 4:30PM. The tour takes 2 hours. Strongly recommended.
You can stay in the campground at the foot of the mountain. It is not the greatest campground ever but it has some very nice touches such as a kiddie playground in excellent shape, a few cabins (I believe 3), about 9 campsites with electricity and a bunch of regular campsites with a back in space for your car or full size RV. Very flat, so that is welcome for tent campers! We had really strong winds during the night, but other than the noise from the wind, no other inconvenience. It is technically bear country, so leave your food in the car. You may make reservations but in our case we just found an available spot (there are green cards posted and you self-pay via envelope - cash or checks accepted). $23 for the campsite which includes the price of entering the park (I think $5 for non MT residents, free for residents). Although there is nothing to do there that I could see other than touring the caverns, for which you need to pay $10 per adult and $5 for children over 6 (under go free). Definitely worth it! (And no, Lewis and Clark never even heard of these caverns - they were just named in their honor)

3  Thank fdkaplan
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Reviewed August 29, 2013

For those who are fit and in relatively good shape this is a fun tour and worth the effort. If you are overweight or very tall you will find this cave somewhat difficult.

On our recent tour though Montana, Wyoming and South Dakota we visited this cave as well as Wind Cave and Jewel Cave. Lewes and Clark caverns has - by far - the best cave scenery (stalagmites, stalactites and flow stones.) of the three. My kids called it the "wedding cake" cave due to all the interesting formations that look like stacks of cake.

As with all show caves that offer tours it is best to arrive early so as you do not have to wait long for a tour.

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Reviewed August 27, 2013

On our way home from Yellowstone we decided to stop and take a look. Out of state residents have to pay a $5 park fee and the Cavern Tour is 2 hours and costs $10 for adults and $5 for children. The Tour is about 2 miles long, 3/4 mile uphill to the entrance 1/2 mile through the caverns and 3/4 mile back on a flat path. The guide was funny and informative. The Caverns were awesome to see and my 6 year old grandson had a great time. All the staff from the people down below (where we paid for park entrance) to the guides and other people up top were helpful and friendly. This put our drive home back about 3 hours but it was well worth it. Will probably stop again when we bring our other grandchildren to Yellowstone.

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