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If you’ve ever wanted to go RV camping among the limestone and rocks, then Lewis and Clark Caverns Campground in Lewis and Clark Caverns State Park may be just the ticket. One thing for sure, you'll want to book your site for more than one night here for your campervan rental. The park is not just the first Montana state park, but also one of its most popular. There are incredible limestone caverns to tour, plenty of hiking trails, and more. As far as RV campgrounds go, this one is pretty basic, and there are both electrical hookup and primitive sites available.
The RV camping sites all have a gravel pad, fire rings, and plenty of grass around them. There are hot showers available and picnic tables at each site. However, there is no TV or WiFi, so this makes the perfect place to go camping in an RV for those who want to get away from it all for a little while. The campground is open year-round; however, if you want to see the caves, it's best to visit between May and September.
Lewis and Clark Caverns Campground is close to I-90, which is the main east-west highway running across the northern region of the U.S. The interstate connects with I-15 that takes you into Helena, the state capital, in just over an hour's drive. Or you can take I-90 east and visit Bozeman, the home of Montana State University, in just under an hour's drive.
You don’t even have to leave the park to enjoy the great fresh air while taking part in a variety of outdoor activities when you book an RV in Jefferson County. In fact, you could spend most of your time exploring the limestone caves. These amazing caves are naturally air-conditioned all summer long and are full of stalactites, stalagmites, columns, and helictites. When you've finished touring the caves, there are plenty of places to hike, ride mountain bikes, go horseback riding, or fishing in the Jefferson River on the south side of MT 2. Lewis and Clark Caverns Campground is a great place to park your Whitehall motorhome rental as it's within driving distance of several fantastic sites.
Adventurous Whitehall campers can take the two-hour drive to West Yellowstone, a gateway to Yellowstone National Park, one of the nation's most spectacular parks. Yellowstone National Park is home to Old Faithful, one of the most reliable geysers in the world. While there, be sure you stop to enjoy the spectacular scenery. You will be driving past any number of bison and other wildlife along the way; don't forget the camera.
Head an hour's drive south of your campsite at Lewis and Clark Caverns Campground and take a peek at what Montana looked like back in the pioneering days. Virginia City and nearby Nevada City sit in Alder Gulch. The gulch is the site of the "richest placer gold strike" to be found in the Rockies. During the 18th and 19th centuries, miners pulled over $100 million from the waters and ground in the area. Today you can park your rental RV in the campground on the eastern end of Virginia City, go for a ride on the steam train, and even try your luck at panning for gold. This town looks like it was frozen in time and is a perfect representation of the Old West during the Victorian Era.
The nearest town of any size is Whitehall, a 25-minute drive to the west on I-90. Whitehall is a small town with approximately 3,000 residents. Here you can find room to park your camper rental while you shop for groceries. Like most small towns in Montana, there are several bars, gas stations, and restaurants worth trying while you're here.
Whitehall is also home to The Ringing Rocks. These musical rocks or "rock gongs" produce a resonant melodious sound when struck. They exist in several places around the world and have been used to make music for over 2,000 years. Access is not easy and is best done with a 4x4, ATV, or other vehicles with high ground clearance. But, even if you have to rent a vehicle, you'll find the trip worthwhile. Remember to bring a hammer with you.
The Jefferson Valley Museum is housed in a 1914 barn that has been lovingly restored. Here you can learn about the history of Jefferson Valley through a sizable array of artifacts, photographs, and research material. The museum also houses a large collection of genealogy cards for anyone interested in tracing their family history.
Those looking for a little nightlife while camping at Lewis and Clark Caverns Campground can head to the casino in Whitehall. It's a great place to spend a few hours and, hopefully, win a few bucks at Keno or any one of several other machine games before heading back for a good night's sleep in your rental RV.