Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center

Area Status: Open
LCIC Front View

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Managed by the USDA Forest Service, the 25,000 square-foot building includes the permanent exhibit hall, 158-seat theater, an education room for hands-on curriculum-based activities, and a retail store. The center is accessible and offers parking for tour buses and recreational vehicles. Service animals (guide dogs, signal dogs, or any other animal individually trained to provide assistance to an individual with a disability) may be used within the Lewis and Clark Interpretive center.

Our Mission

"The Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail Interpretive Center imparts to the public a personal sense of President Thomas Jefferson's vision of expanding America to the west; it inspires awe and awakens curiosity toward the challenges faced by the expedition as they portaged the great falls of the Missouri River and explored the 'unknown'; brings to life the daily experiences of the expedition and the environment and native peoples of the 'uncharted West'; and celebrates the indomitable spirit of human discovery we all share."

Center Maps

Map of the Center Area Hiking Trails

Map of the Missouri River Falls (geo pdf for smartphones)

Map of the Sulphur Springs Hiking Trail

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Masks are required when Cascade County has a "high" COVID transmission rate.
Operational Hours: SUMMER SEASON: Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day Weekend: Open daily from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.  WINTER SEASON: Following Labor Day weekend until Memorial Day Weekend: Open Tuesday-Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 12- 5 p.m. Closed on Mondays.   Closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day.
Area Amenities: Interpretive Site, Accessible, Fee charged for some activities, Picnic tables, Toilets, Drinking water, Parking
Fees: 15 years of age and younger are FREE.  16 years of age and older are $8.00 per person.  The America the Beautiful, Senior, Access, Military, 4th Grade, and National Parks' Passes are honored at this facility.  If one of these passes are used for entry, four (4) paying adults are admitted for each pass holder in a party.
Usage: Medium-Heavy
Information Center: Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center
4201 Giant Springs Road
Great Falls, MT 59405
Phone: (406) 453-6248

General Information


The Interpretive Center is accessible. Elevators are available. Service animals are permitted. 


The Interpretive Center has parking for recreational vehicles, buses and  other large modes of transportation. There is plenty of parking for large groups. 

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Day Hiking

Areas for Day Hiking at Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center

Interpretive Areas


Interpretive Site:
Picnic tables:
Fee charged for some activities:
Drinking water:

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


  • Hunters With Disabilities
    These maps show access routes for hunters with disabilities that are licensed as required by the State of Montana. Access requirements and specifics are defined in the first page of this brochure.


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