Cave 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.  See details for their trips, below.

 

Lewis and Clark Cavern Tour Detials

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.

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