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
Bannack State Park Montana
721 Bannack Rd Dillon, MT 59725
Open all year.
Memorial Day – Labor Day
8 am – Sunset
Oct 1, 2020 – Memorial Day 2021
8 am – 5 pm
Closed December 24 & 25
Open all year.
Available summer season
Open June 3, 2020 – Labor Day
10 am – 6 pm
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.
Day use entrance fee with a vehicle: $8
Day use entrance fee as a walk-in, bicycle or bus passenger: $4
Suggested Equipment for Bannack State Park Montana:
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.
Spend the night near the ghost town. Camping is available year-round. Check out the tipi during the summer season! There are two campgrounds that are sure to accommodate your needs. Each campsite has a picnic table and fire-ring. Firewood is available and trash disposal is provided. The Road Agent Campground is shaded by old cottonwood trees. The restroom is accessible. The Vigilante Campground is the larger of the two campgrounds and is more suitable for large RVs. Water is available. The tipi is located in the Vigilante Campground.
Each campsite has a picnic table and fire-ring. Firewood is available and trash disposal is provided. The restroom is accessible.
Horseback riding is permitted on designated trails. No horse rentals are provided.
Self-guided tours allow visitors to spend as much time as they wish at each building. Using a self-guided tour pamphlet, available at the park, visitors learn the historical significance of hotels, business structures, and family homes. Guided tours are available during the summer months and by special request. The heritage and history of Bannack is told by knowledgeable guides who will answer your questions along the way. The visitor center is only open during the summer season. There you will find information about Bannack and the surrounding areas of Montana. Also available are regional and historical books, Bannack Days posters and souvenirs.
Fishing is permitted in designated areas.
Leave No Trace
Montana State Parks are proud community partners of LEAVE NO TRACE CENTER FOR OUTDOOR ETHICS. Everyone is advised to comply with the following:
PLAN AHEAD AND PREPARE
TRAVEL AND CAMP ON DURABLE SURFACES
DISPOSE OF WASTE PROPERLY
LEAVE WHAT YOU FIND
MINIMIZE CAMPFIRE IMPACTS
BE CONSIDERATE OF OTHER VISITOR
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