Lewis and Clark Caverns, Montana

This impulsive stop was entirely worth the short distance out of our way. We are slightly fascinated with deep dark damp caves. Here, we took a guided tour of the cave system. We got to hear about the caves’ history as well as history about the area and the park.

Lewis and Clark Caverns State Park in Montana offers camping and cabins, hiking and biking, fishing and hunting and so much more. Our favorite part about this park was the cave tour. Especially the stalactites and stalagmites.

It is important to dress for going underground. It is definitely cooler in the caves. Another important thing to keep in mind is the bats. No, the bats will not get you, but you shouldn’t wear shoes that you have worn in other caves. Wearing different “clean” shoes that have not been in other caves helps protect bats from a fungal infection. With Covid-19 visitors also need to wear a mask inside the caves.

Before we went on the tour we looked at pictures taken in the caverns. Wow did they look great. We did not have extra lighting or any kind of fancy equipment. We are not even sure they want people using lighting equipment. It is best to check on those type of rules directly with the park.

For more current information visit the Lewis and Clark Caverns State Park website. You can also make reservations using their website.

Thermopolis Wyoming

I think that Thermopolis is the not so secret, secret getaway awesome nature AND family fun experience just waiting for everyone in Wyoming. Hot Springs State Park is the main attraction here. One feature of the park is the Buffalo Trail Road. Park staff often feed the buffalo.

We didn’t manage to catch a feeding, but we did get to see some of the babies. It is important to remember that these are wild animals. Even if the calves are cute and the adults seem to be relaxing, do not approach buffalo. It is best to enjoy them from a distance or from your car.

Now that I told you a little about the nature in Thermopolis, I can tell you about Star Plunge. Star Plunge is not the only hot springs water park in Thermopolis, Hellie’s TeePee Pools is across the parking lot. Both of these pay for use water parks are located in the Hot Springs State park, but hey are not part of the State Park(you’ll have to pay to use). Here we are taking a dip at the Star Plunge Hot Springs Water Park. We have not been to Hellie’s.

You can take a free dip in the hot springs at the State Bath House. The Bath House is a free soaking facility with showers. In addition to these great activities there are mineral pools, hiking trails, interpretive trails, playgrounds, picnic areas, river access, amazing views and more. Check out the Hot Springs State Park website for more information.

An honorable mention has to go out to Taco Johns.. All of my boys love Taco John’s and were happy there was one in Thermopolis. They talk about going somewhere there is Taco John’s at least once a week.