Bannack State Park

Bannack State Park

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Bannack State Park

Montana

(406) 834-3413

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Things To Do

Overview

Bannack State Park is a registered 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 snuffed out. There are over 50 buildings that line Main Street with their historic log and frame structures that recall Montana's formative years. A walk down the deserted streets of Bannack evokes a feeling of the realities faced by the 'Old West'. Bannack is the best preserved of all Montana ghost towns being preserved, rather than restored, protected rather than exploited. Bannack Days with historic displays, activities and events is held the third weekend in July each year. The visitor center does tours and is open from Memorial Day through Labor Day. A tipi is available to rent from the center.

Map of Bannack (MT)

Latitude, Longitude: 45.163000, -112.995000

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Activities

  • Bicycling

    Explore the park by bike! 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.

  • Auto/Motorcycle

    Explore the park from your car! 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.

  • Camping

    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.

  • Fishing

    Fishing is permitted in designated areas.

  • Hiking

    Explore the park by foot! 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.

  • Historic Sites

    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.

  • Horseback Riding

    Horseback riding is permitted on designated trails. No horse rentals are provided.

  • Picnicking

    Each campsite has a picnic table and fire-ring. Firewood is available and trash disposal is provided. The restroom is accessible.

  • RVing

    The Vigilante Campground, the larger of the two campgrounds, is more suitable for large RVs. Water is available.

Park Partners

Bannack State Park

(406) 834-3413

Directions

Driving

Bannack State Park is located in the southwestern area of Montana. Take I-15 south of Dillon to exit #59 (Highway 278 exit.) Drive west on Highway 278 for 18 miles. Turn south onto the Bannack Road and travel four miles. Park entrance road will be on the left hand side.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(406) 834-3413

Campground reservations

(406) 834-3413

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