Convention Trips

NSS Convention 2018

July 30th - August 3rd

Helena, Montana

Cave Trips Available During Convention


Lewis and Clark Caverns (State Park) One of the most scenic caves in the North West, and a convention sponsor.

Length 10063 Depth 580 Entrance Elevation 5611 Distance 70 miles

Standard Cavern Tour

Photo of steps on the standard Caverns tour

  • Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult
  • Length: 2 miles / 2 hours
  • Schedule   May 1 – June 14 and August 20 - September 30
    Tours leave approximately every half hour from 9:30 am – 4:30 pm. daily
  • June 15 – August 19: Tours leave approximately every half hour from 9:30 am – 6:30 pm daily.
  • Cost: $12 / person, 12 years & older; $5 for children (6-11 years); 5 years & under are free. Purchase tickets upon arrival. No reservations taken.

Take our standard cave tour to experience these spectacular caverns lined with stalactites, stalagmites, columns and helictites. The tour begins with a 1-mile gradual uphill walk to the cave entrance. The route inside the cave is lighted for a safe and enjoyable visit, and the caves are naturally air-conditioned. Kids especially have fun on the tour's famous Beaver Slide and enjoy the occasional bat sighting. The tour includes 600 steps and involves ducking, waddling, bending and sliding as you make your way through the cavern.

Paradise Tour

Photo of visitor in wheelchair on the Paradise tour

  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Length: 1 mile / 70 minutes
  • Schedule   June – September, 10:45 am & 2:30 pm.
  • Cost: $12 / person, 12 years & older; $5 for children (6-11 years); 5 years & under are free. Reservations recommended: 406-287-3541.

This tour is intended for individuals with a physical limitation preventing them from being able to take the standard tour. Walk a level ½ mile trail to see the Paradise Room, the largest, most active and decorated portion of the cave. Part of the tour is wheelchair accessible. Reservations recommended. Priority given to individuals with limited mobility.

Wild Cave Tour

Photo of visitor on the Wild Cave tour

  • Difficulty: Challenging
  • Length: 2 miles / 3 hours
  • Schedule   June 18 – August 20, Tuesday and Sunday only, 5:30 pm.
  • Cost: $30/person; must be 12 years or older. Reservations required: 406-287-3541. No refunds.

This challenging introduction to caving gives an up-close look at some of the wildest speleothems that Lewis and Clark Caverns offer. Explore the caverns with only headlamps and expect a lot of bending, crawling, duck waddling and few handrails. Pants, long-sleeve shirts and sturdy shoes required. Helmet, kneepads, gloves and headlamps provided.


The convention has applied for or received day trip permits to the following caves:

You must sign up for each trip, even the self-guided trips.  Visiting caves without signing up violates our permit and jeopardizes our land manager relationship.

Guided Trips:

T*****s Cave (tentative due to bat use, will be decided week of convention)

Length 644  Depth 144  Entrance Elevation 4760  Distance 30 miles

O***r Cave

Length 796 Depth 188 Entrance Elevation 6440  Distance 40 miles

Requires SRT for lower level access.

W*****’s Cave

Length 595 Depth 18 Entrance Elevation 5569 Distance 80 miles

B**n H**e (tentative)

Length 577 Depth 251 Entrance Elevation 5966 Distance 80 miles

Requires SRT to enter cave.


Length 1137 Depth 239 Entrance Elevation 8245 Distance 90 miles

Requires SRT to enter cave.



Self-guided Trips:

O***r Cave

Length 796 Depth 188 Entrance Elevation 6440  Distance 40 miles

Requires SRT for lower level access.

W*******s Cave

Length 309 Depth 119 Entrance Elevation 5763 Distance 70 miles

Requires SRT to enter cave.

B***k C***k Cave

Length 300 Depth 40 Entrance Elevation 6319 Distance 60 miles

C**********d Cave

Length 491 Depth 210 Entrance Elevation 6481 Distance 100 miles

Requires SRT to enter cave. 

M*****h G***e Cave (tentative)

Length 300 Depth 80 Entrance Elevation 5229 Distance 130 miles

P******n M****w Cave

Length 356 Depth 212 Entrance Elevation 7220 Distance 100 miles

Requires SRT to enter cave.

L**k C***k Cave

Length 4563 Depth 245 Entrance Elevation 5800 Distance 130 miles

A*****a Cave

Length 1127 Depth 97 Entrance Elevation 7282 Distance 130 miles

SRT STRONGLY recommended to enter cave.

T***e S*****s Cave (tentative)

Length 200 Depth 30 Entrance Elevation 5254 Distance 140 miles

O*d D*y W**f S*****n Cave

Length 341 Depth 26 Entrance Elevation 6109 Distance 160 miles

Paid Trips:

 B*******l R***h (tentative)

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