Over the years I've seen that the caverns do candlelight tours in December and have always wanted to do that. Well this year we managed to get tickets, mentioned it to a few friends and ended up with a group of thirteen of us going on the tour. While the Lewis & Clark Caverns is Montana's first State Park, and is fascinating any time, it is closed for the winter except for a few days in December where the candlelight tours are available for limited tours.
Starting out in the visitor center, there was a fire in the fireplace and coffee, tea, cocoa and cookies while we waited for our tour guide.
The 3/4 mile hike to the cave entrance is not cleared, but there was enough foot traffic to keep it pretty easy walking. The tour was a little different than during the summer season as we needed to be very quiet entering and exiting so as not to disturb the hibernating bats.
The first half of the tour was with the electric lights and the guides flashlight. At about halfway, we light our candle lanterns and the lights were extinguished and we made our way through the caverns with the type of light that the early cave explorers used. It was a VERY interesting experience. As we approached one of the last large rooms, we started to hear music. Christmas music was playing and they had some of the cave formations decorated in Christmas lights that was a special surprise.
Everyone in our group had a great time and it was well worth the $15 each price of admission. I will definitely do this tour again.
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