LEWIS & CLARK CAVERNS STATE PARK - Montana's oldest state park underwent a facelift this winter with new LED lighting installed to light up the colorful underground wonderland.

Construction crews painstakingly installed about two miles of cables into the caverns to enhance the two-hour 2-mile tour. 

The $3.5 million project allowed the caves to get new copper light hand rails, providing well-lit walk ways for all the visitors.

Cave managers say the new LED lights are more energy efficient providing less heat, so it doesn’t risk drying out the cave's wet formations.

“We’ve improved both the experience from being in the cave from just an aesthetics stand point, from protecting the cave and also protecting out visitors when they come here,” said Tom Forwood, the Assistant Park Manager at Lewis and Clark Caverns.  

The project was funded by numerous sources. The process to upgrade the system started in 2007 and officially wrapped up this April once the project received the final funding to finish it. 

You can see the newly lit caverns this summer; tours are running daily through September. Click here for more info on Lewis and Clark Caverns State Park.



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