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Lewis and Clark Caverns State Park Campground

Helena + Elkhorn Mountains Area, Montana

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Lewis and Clark Caverns State Park Campground

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  • Lewis and Clark State Park entrance.- Lewis and Clark Caverns State Park Campground
  • Open space at Lewis and Clark Campground.- Lewis and Clark Caverns State Park Campground
  • There are three cabins available in the campground.- Lewis and Clark Caverns State Park Campground
  • The campground features a tipi available for reservation.- Lewis and Clark Caverns State Park Campground
  • The campground features a playground for children.- Lewis and Clark Caverns State Park Campground
  • The campground offers lots of space between campsites.- Lewis and Clark Caverns State Park Campground
  • Lewis and Clark Campground.- Lewis and Clark Caverns State Park Campground
  • View of the campground from the Caverns Access Trail.- Lewis and Clark Caverns State Park Campground
  • Sunset at Lewis and Clark Campground.- Lewis and Clark Caverns State Park Campground
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Pros: 
Very spacious campsites. Scenic surrounding views. Hiking trails.
Cons: 
Little privacy.
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Region:
Helena + Elkhorn Mountains Area, MT
Managed by: 
Montana State Parks
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Summer, Fall
Reservations possible: 
Yes
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Campground Description

Campground Description

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Lewis and Clark Caverns, discovered by local ranchers in 1882, was established as a national monument in 1908, but by the late 1920s, the lack of sufficient funding caused the federal government to transfer some national monuments to state or local control. In 1932, it was proposed to transfer Lewis and Clark Caverns to the state of Montana to be come the first state park. In 1935, the Civilian Conservation Corps established a camp here. They built a visitors center and constructed a new entrance and trail through the cave.

Today this park offers a well-maintained campground, picnic areas, hiking trails and guided tours of the cave. The campground is set over a fairly large area, offering spacious sites but little privacy. There are some sites with electric and water hookups along with three cabins and a tipi. The setting is in a wide valley above the Jefferson River in the rolling hills of central Montana. This is a nice spot to stay while traveling, offering a few days worth of activities for those who want to stay longer. The campground is open year-round, but the cave is only open from May through September.

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