While staying a few days in Bozeman, Montana, we decided to visit Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park.
The caverns are an easy hour out of Bozeman, and they were pretty cool to explore.
The cave had steep curling rock stairs that we scrambled down and up as we moved from one cave room to another.
There were low hanging rocks that required us to crawl and pinch points that required us to remove our backpacks to squeeze through.
There was even a natural rock slide that took you from one level in the cave down to another.
We all had a fun time, kids and parents alike.
Here are some of the photos from our cave tour, and below are some tips if you plan on visiting the Lewis & Clark Caverns.
Photos from Lewis & Clark Caverns
As it turns out, I’m not good at taking pictures underground, in the dark. A lot of my images came out blurry, and some below are a little fuzzy.
The Lewis & Clark Caverns Cave Tour
We arrived early, about 8:30am, to join the first cave tour at 9:15am. There were a dozen people on the first tour of the day, which is a relatively small crowd. The later morning and afternoon sessions tend to fill up to maximum capacity (35 people), which would be a lot of people in the cave.
The tour lasted about 90 minutes, and it is a little strenuous. There are a lot of steep, uneven stairs to climb up and down, and there is some crawling and stooped walking. There is also an uphill, 3/4 mile walk to the cave entrance, which had some people huffing and puffing before we reached the entrance.
There is no food allowed in the cave because crumbs and waste can ruin the cave ecology. If you have children, stuff them with snacks while heading up the hike to the entrance.
Take a jacket and hat that covers your ears. The cave is chilly.