Bannack State Park is a National Historic Landmark and the site of Montana’s first major gold discovery on July 28, 1862. This strike set off a massive gold rush that swelled Bannack’s population to over 3,000 by 1863. As the value of gold steadily dwindled, Bannack’s bustling population was slowly lost. Over 50 buildings line Main Street; their historic log and frame structures recall Montana’s formative years.

Tours are conducted from the visitor center, which is open from Memorial Day through Labor Day.

Bannack Days, with historic displays, re-enactors, and activities, are held annually the 3rd weekend in July.

The campground has 28 sites, including a rental tipi located along Grasshopper Creek, a hike-in/bike-in campsite, with 4 tent pads, and a group picnic site.

In the winter months, dress warmly and skate on the frozen dredge pond from sometime in January to the first week in March (weather permitting). Warming house hours are generally 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekends. Call ahead to check if pond is open, as conditions can change daily. Free loaner skates available; hot beverages and snacks for sale. Skating sponsored by the Bannack Association. To learn more about the association or make a donation, check the Bannack Association website. The Bannack Association is a grass-roots organization that works hand-in-hand with Montana State Parks year-round to promote and preserve this precious slice of Montana heritage.

Park size: 1,529 acres. Elevation: 5,837 feet

Location

Bannack State Park Montana
721 Bannack Rd Dillon, MT 59725

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Hours

PARK:

  • Open all year.
  • Summer Hours:
  • Memorial Day – Labor Day
  • 8 am – Sunset
  • Winter Hours:
  • Oct 1, 2020 – Memorial Day 2021
  • 8 am – 5 pm
  • Closed December 24 & 25

Campground:

  • Open all year.
  • Potable water
  • Available summer season

Visitor Center:

  • Open June 3, 2020 – Labor Day
  • 10 am – 6 pm

Fees

Montana residents who pay the $9 state parks fee with their annual vehicle registration have no daily entrance fees to state parks. For residents who don’t include this in their vehicle registration, non-resident day use fees apply.

Nonresidents:

Day use entrance fee with a vehicle: $8

Day use entrance fee as a walk-in, bicycle or bus passenger: $4

With a Nonresident Entrance Pass: Free

Camping fees can be found here.

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Contact Details

Phone: (406) 834-3413

Email: bannackstatepark@mt.gov

Official Website: Bannack State Park Montana

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Area Attractions

Suggested Equipment for Bannack State Park Montana:

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The following activities within the park should be done with utmost caution. Make sure that you have the proper protective gear and equipment necessary to make your adventures safe and accident-free. We advise you to read the TIPS underneath each activity to serve as a guide on what you may need to bring in order to enjoy your stay fully.

Activities & Tips

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Bannack State Park is a must-visit state park in Montana. Check out other state parks in Montana here.

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