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Lewis and Clark Caverns State Park
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Reviewed 17 May 2014

Just the road trip to this State Park is satisfying, the views are breathtaking and there are stops to take photographs. At the state park and the caverns' office, service was quick and friendly. We got into the 12:00 PM tour along with 7 people--9 in the group and the guide. The walk to the caverns entrance takes its toll at least on average middle-age people like us, but it's not impossible and the guide was very friendly and patient. In the caverns we were lucky enough to watch small bats and the beautiful formations. The temperature inside the caverns is 48-50F year round, but the ups and downs keep you warm enough. It may be slippery though, so be careful and especially be careful with your head if you're 5'9" or taller.
Great adventure for couples, families, friends.

3  Thank MxLx2011
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Reviewed 13 May 2014

Caverns are beautiful but requires quite a bit of walking. Long walk up incline, several older yet fit people stopped and rested many times and were quite winded. I being one of those fit older people, if you have asthma bring your inhaler! Once in caverns there are about 600 stairs, mainly down as you exit from a much lower point than the entrance. Inside walk was easy but some tricky spots, very dim (Lighting could be much better, not only to better see the formations but also for safety), wet and uneven walkways and an area you have to sit and slide down. Guide seemed knowledgable and caverns beautiful but not overwhelmed by the tour itself. No bathrooms once you start 2.5 hour tour.

1  Thank May R
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Reviewed 24 April 2014

One of the best cave tours I've been on. It had it all. Crouching, sliding, turning, lots of formations and quite a few stories about the caves. Our 5year old loved it! The walk to get to the cave is quite long, and none of it is for the faint of heart. There should probably be more warnings for older people. We were a little concerned for one gentleman.

3  Thank Aerin03
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Reviewed 15 April 2014

It's an amazing place, but remember you are underground, it can be dark at times and tight quarters at times. The guides are great

3  Thank onthegoMontana
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Reviewed 23 December 2013

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.

3  Thank CharlesS916
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