Lewis and Clark Caverns, Three Forks, MT

Lewis and Clark Caverns Tour

Lewis and Clark Caverns, Three forks, MTThis is the season that the caverns near Three Forks, Montana are typically closed for public tours.  However, tis the holiday season when they have a few days for their candle light tours!

These caverns were found two centuries ago by a couple of ranchers, and then developed into an attraction that still causes awe and wonder.  I went the first time with my daughters’ class in school several years ago.  The path through the cave starts at the top and winds down through the hill underground with the exit a winding 2 miles and 2 hours below you. 

Days for the candle light tours are limited, running only December 22, 27, 28 and 29, and only from 9:30 to 2:45 during those days.  Kids are $8 to age 11, and anyone older is $15!  It is a unique experience to view the formations by old fashioned flame, so plan a day and take the kids out for a holiday hike!

Comment balloon 18 commentsJenifer Lower • December 21 2011 08:29AM


Hi Jennifer,

Great post...thanks for sharing. Sounds like fun...wish I lived closer!

Happy holidays to you and your family.

Posted by Lori Gardiner, GRI, SRS, ABR, e-PRO (RE/MAX River's Edge) over 8 years ago

Jennifer - that sounds like a different and fun exploration. Have a great holiday.

Posted by Mike Yeo (3:16 team REALTY) over 8 years ago

I drive through Three Forks a couple times a year, but I've never stopped at the caverns. Looks like I'll have to do it!

Posted by Tim Bradley, Commercial Real Estate Expert in Jackson Hole, WY (Contour Investment Properties) over 8 years ago

How wonderful is that to have such a natural wonder right at your back door!  If I lived anywhere nearby, it's something I would do (probably many times.) 

Posted by Margaret Goss, Chicago's North Shore & Winnetka Real Estate (Baird & Warner Real Estate) over 8 years ago


I am a caverns buff so I will add this to my bucket list.

Posted by David Gibson CNE, 719-304-4684 ~ Colorado Springs Relocation, Relocation, Luxury & Lifestyle residential (Colorado Real Estate Advisers LLC ) over 8 years ago

That sounds like a wonderful experience. Maybe I'll have to plan a trip to Montana next Christmas.

Posted by Joetta Fort, Independent Broker, Homes Denver to Boulder (The DiGiorgio Group) over 8 years ago

I highly recommend this to be experienced at least once in a persons life time. I have explored two caves and it is filled with wonderment

Posted by Richie Alan Naggar, agent & author (people first...then business Ran Right Realty ) over 8 years ago

Hello Jenifer:

Caverns that one can enter and exit without backtracking sounds like a great experience. To be able to do it by candle lite all the much better.

Posted by Brian Rugg, Sun City TX Real Estate - Georgetown, TX Real Est (Rugg Realty LLC Sun City Texas 512-818-6700) over 8 years ago

Wow, very cool, thanks for sharing.  Wish I were close to your area as this seems like an amazing experience. Do many locals take advantage of this experience or is this cavern mostly for tourists?

Posted by Ira Bodenstein, NMLS#: 445143 (PNC Mortgage) over 8 years ago

Hi Jenifer, I would love to be able to take a tour in these caverns, named after Lewis and Clark. A candle light tour sounds exciting, and lots of fun too.

Posted by Jerry Newman, Texas REALTOR, San Antonio Military Relocation (Brown Realty, 210-789-4216,www.JeremiahNewman.com) over 8 years ago

Wow, Jenifer, This looks like an amazing tour. Low cost and a downhill walk make it all that much more attractive.

Posted by Bruce Kunz, REALTOR®, Brick & Howell NJ Homes for Sale (C21 Solid Gold Realty, Brick, NJ, 732-920-2100) over 8 years ago

I don't know if I could go on that tour!  I am a little clausterphobic!

Posted by Jo Olson, Retired - HOMEFRONT Realty @ LAKE Roosevelt (HOMEFRONT Realty) over 8 years ago

Never been to Montana, but I'd love to. I love learning about hidden local gems like this.

Posted by Valarie Swanson, San Diego Real Estate (CENTURY 21 Award) over 8 years ago

Jenifer, this sounds like a great way to spend a couple of hours. We have Luray Caverns nearby and it always a fun place to visit.

Posted by Michael Setunsky, Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA over 8 years ago

I visited the caverns when I was 13 and as with a lot of things I saw as a child I think I took them for grante4d and wish I could see them again when I could really appreciate their glory. And what a great time of year to do it. I just wish I were close enough to go soon. Great idea.


Posted by Mel Ahrens, MBA, Kelly Right Real Estate, Customized Choices for your Real Estate Needs (Kelly Right Real Estate) over 8 years ago

Hey all.  Was nit expecting so much response othis blog, but very exciting. It is such a fun place to visit, I hope all of you make it eventally-

Posted by Jenifer Lower, Your Dream. Our Passion. (Bozeman Montana Real Estate .net) over 8 years ago

Sounds wonderful - something fun to post about.  We have Indian Echo Caverns in this area that does special tours too.

Posted by Joy Daniels (Joy Daniels Real Estate Group, Ltd.) over 8 years ago

I love that photo Jenifer, looks like it would be fun. I've been to a few caves in my day, maybe one day I'll get to this one.

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