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Reasons to Visit Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park

by Amanda Hagerty

The Top Five Reasons To Visit Lewis and Clark Cavern's State Park:


The Cave

Especially for the formations, this is one of the most densely formed caves in the United States.

The Bats

Most caves this far North don't have many visible bats, unlike Carlsbad and the caves of the southwest that feature a mass exodus in the evening it's hard to see bats through most northern caves in the summer months and most days people can see the bats of Lewis & Clark Caverns. We also feature some interesting species like the Townsend's Big-eared Bat. The cliffs of the park is also a summer home to the unique spotted bat.

The Variety

The park has many different habitats, 1600 feet of elevation change, over 10 miles of hiking trail and river access. That park has two visitor centers a quality cafe/gift shop, two picnic areas, a campground, camping cabins and a large group use area with a pavilion. All of this provides a great variety of activities for our guests.

Educational and Interpretive Programming

Aside from the outstanding cave tour there are evening programs on Thursday and Fridays on a variety of park related subjects. Saturdays the park features a Ranger led hike and special Arts and Activities programs to get people involved in a more interactive fashion. There are several special events throughout the summer like our Stargazing Campout and Bat Week

The Birds

There are not a lot of obvious big game animals in the park, but there are well over 100 species of birds that a visitor could potentially see on any given day in the park. It is becoming a birding hot spot in southwest Montana.


List and photos provided by Tom Forwood. 

Tom Forwood is the park naturalist at Lewis and Clark Caverns State Park.


Published: 07/31/2012


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