Candlelight tours offered at Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park
By Moosetrack Megan

Posted: November 24, 2021

WHITEHALL – Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park will again host holiday candlelight tours of the entire developed cave route.

This special event allows visitors to see and enjoy the caverns by the warm, festive glow of candle lanterns. Participants must make a reservation prior to their tour.

Tours will be offered from Dec. 17 through 19, and from Dec. 21 through 23. The starting times of these tours will vary, depending on park staffing for the day. However, all tours will be during the day, with a portion of the two-hour walking tour being outdoors along trails that may have snow cover.

Park staff will provide tour guides, candles, lanterns and hot drinks. The cost for this unique event is $25 for visitors ages 15 and older, and $15 for those younger. All participants must be at least 5 years of age. Nonresident visitors must pay an $8-per-vehicle entrance fee as they enter the park.

Reservations can be made starting Monday, Nov. 29, between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. by calling 406-287-3541. Thereafter, the office will be staffed during the same hours Tuesdays through Saturdays. Reservations may be taken on Sundays and Mondays only if park staffing allows.

Participants are encouraged to be prepared for winter conditions on roads and trails at the park. Vehicles with front-wheel drive, four-wheel drive or all-wheel drive are recommended. Don’t forget to dress in layers, including a hat, gloves and waterproof boots with good tread.

Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park is about 15 miles southeast of Whitehall, along Montana Highway 2. For more information about the park, please visit fwp.mt.gov/stateparks or call 406-287-3541.