They’re back: Candlelight tours at Lewis and Clark Caverns State Park
By Moosetrack Megan

Posted: December 2, 2019

Montana State Parks ( is excited to announce the return of Holiday Candlelight Tours at Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park. Tickets go on sale Monday, Dec 2.

‘Tis the season to see the colorful limestone caverns lit by the festive glow of candle lanterns as we bring back this holiday favorite. Holiday Candlelight Tours are only offered in December and this year’s tour dates are Dec 20, 21, 22 and Dec 27, 28 and 29. Eight tours are offered from 10:00am to 2:30pm each day.

For tickets, call the visitor center at 406-287-3541 between 8:30am and 4:00pm daily. Tickets are $20 for adults (12 and Up), $8 for children (6 to 11). Children 5 and under are discouraged from attempting the tour. Tour size is limited, and tickets are non-refundable.

Important information to consider before attending the tour:
The 2-mile tour takes approximately two hours. The first 1.25 miles is a walk to the cave entrance and may require walking through snowy conditions. Cave temperature is 48 degrees, but outside temperature and wind can be highly variable. Attendees should dress appropriately for the weather.

For safety reasons, the first (upper) half of the Caverns will be shown with the lights on. The lower half of the cave will be completed by candlelight. Parents should use their own judgment if children will be comfortable in the darkness of the cave and in the outside cold temperatures.

The road to the upper visitor center is plowed and sanded. All-wheel, 4-wheel, or front wheel drive vehicles are recommended.

Coffee, tea and hot chocolate will be available at the visitor center.

For more information call the park visitor center at (406) 287-3541.

What: Holiday Candlelight Tours

When: Tours offered December 20-22, 27-29, 2019 from 10:00am to 2:30pm

Where: Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park, 25 Lewis & Clark Caverns Rd, Whitehall, MT

From the exit 274 on I-90 we are 13 miles south on Highway 287 and 5 miles west on MT 2.
From the Cardwell exit 256 on I-90 we are 7 miles east along MT 2.

Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park features one of the largest known limestone caverns in the Northwest filled with spectacular stalactites, stalagmites, columns, and helictites. The park also features camping, trails to hike or bike, a state-of-the-art visitor center, interpretive displays, a gift shop, food and beverage concessions, amphitheater, and interpretive events presented during the summer months.

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