Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park, Three Forks
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What impressed me the most was the fact that they didn't insist or even recommend that you wear hard hats even though some of the areas were tight and you had to duck. The tour through the caverns was... read more »
I must admit I am reviewing this based on only a partial experience. Arriving at the visitors center you are given a small card noting the conditions you need to meet in order to visit the cavern. Hav... read more »
If you like caves, you have to stop here. From the parking area, there is a 3/4 mile walk up hill to get to the entrance. On a hot day, take your time. Bring a light weight jacket, it is very cool in ... read more »
We weren't able to see the cavern on this trip, but we enjoyed camping at the campground quite a bit. We chose to camp at this park to get away from the interstate hwy corridor for a peaceful evening, and it was perfect, located in a tranquil valley amid the hills. Facilities were well maintained, and fellow campers were friendly and respectful.
After due diligence in asking the ticket seller if toddlers were ok to visit the caves (the response was an enthusiastic "yes!"), we proceeded with the tour to disappointing results. Needless to say, starting off a 2 hour tour with a 3/4 mile uphill hike in the blazing afternoon sun did not sit well with the toddler. We then were told that we couldn't make ANY noise (couldn't wake up the bats) and you couldn't touch anything. While I respect the natural beauty of the caverns (which is why we were there), I couldn't enjoy it at all because of the impossible task of trying to keep my toddler quiet and with her hands in her pockets. I wish the ticket seller would have said this wasn't for toddlers, so she could have stayed back with the grandparents (who wisely sat out, even though they too were told that it was good for them...did I mention that you have to go down a rock slide on your bum to avoid hitting your head?). Had the teller been truthful, everyone's experience would have been better.
Visiting the caverns was an amazing experience! Our guide, Shaun Hallihan, was very knowledgeable (he answered questions outside of his regular routine), was funny, and made the experience even more enjoyable. The caverns themselves were incredible, and I would highly recommend this as a must-do adventure! (P.S., there is a short 20-30 min. hike that is a 300 ft. ascent in order to get to the cavern entrance)
Pretty amazing caverns, fairly rugged tour. Fun for adults and kids about 6 or so, it's great, but PLEASE don't bring your screaming babies/toddlers...they don't enjoy it, it is very difficult to navigate some parts of the cavern trail yourself without the added weight of trying to haul a baby down tight squeezes. If you drop your youngster down a 90 foot shaft.....enough said. They do try to be family friendly, but please be reasonable.
As long as you're prepared the wall the V 3/4 mile hike uphill to the cave entrance this is an awesome guided tour within the mountain. You could see live bats and their babies, pack rats and other cave wildlife as well as growing formations within the cave. You'll look forward to going back again and again to see what there is to see.
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