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More Events Coming Up At State Parks In Southwestern Montana

Several events have been scheduled at Missouri Headwaters and Lewis & Clark Caverns state parks.

There is no cost to Montana residents to attend these programs. An $8 entrance fee applies at Montana state parks for all nonresident vehicles.

Missouri Headwaters State Park

Missouri Headwaters State Park will host a program on Saturday, July 29, entitled, “Goat Packing 101.” This program will begin at 7 p.m. behind the park office.

In this presentation, guests will learn the basics of what it takes to use goats in the backcountry, including the breeds that work best for goat packing, raising a goat to be a packer, pasture setup, nutrition, training, equipment and more. Guests will also be able to meet pack goats during the presentation, which will be given by Trish and Tyler Gilliam of Hoof It! LLC. Trish and Tyler share a long history of hiking and backpacking adventures, including with pack goats.

Visitors are encouraged to bring their own chair and bug spray. S’mores will be served afterward.

Missouri Headwaters State Park is about 5 miles northeast of Three Forks on Trident Road. For more information about the park, please visit or call 406-285-3610.

Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park

Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park has more fun interpretive programs planned in August that highlight the wildlife, night skies and more from Montana’s first state park.

Each of these programs will begin at the campground amphitheater. Join park ranger Ramona Radonich for the following:

  • 5 at 8 p.m.: “Goodness Snakes Alive!”: Learn about the prairie rattlesnake native to the park’s ecosystem and how to stay safe in rattlesnake country.

  • 12 at 8 p.m.: “Night Skies at Lewis & Clark Caverns”: Stories behind the stars and constellations of Montana’s night sky.

  • 19 at 7:30 p.m.: “Three Dog Night”: A tribute to three cool canines—wolves, coyotes and foxes.

  • 26 at 7:30 p.m.: Ranger’s choice: This program will be announced at the time of the event.

In the event of adverse weather, these programs will move to a sheltered area. Notification of a change in location due to weather will be posted on the signboard at the amphitheater entrance 30 minutes before the program starts.

Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park is about 15 miles southeast of Whitehall, along Montana Highway 2.

For more information about the park, please visit or call 406-287-3541.

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