Bannack State Park

Bannack State Park, Dillon: Hours, Address, Bannack State Park Reviews: 5/5

Bannack State Park
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State Parks • Ghost Towns
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10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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A park with over 60 original structures still standing from the 1800s, including the old hotel, the governor's mansion, the Masonic Hall and the Methodist Church.
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721 Bannack Rd, Dillon, MT 59725-9300
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John Chaput
Ile-des-Chenes, Canada103 contributions
Family
Great outdoor activity. Was an easy and economical way to learn about the settlement of Montana and the wind west. I recommend the $2 guide book even if you do t read every story, it helps to make the experience authentic and it a great keepsake.
Written July 31, 2022
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JenPNC
Charlotte, NC155 contributions
The park hours start technically at 10 when the visitor center opens and you get access to some of the buildings. But getting there maybe an hour before
(park hours are 8-sunset) will give you a chance to stroll the boardwalks and truly enjoy looking closely at the buildings and items nearby without many people. Cost is $8 per vehicle and if the visitor center isn’t open, you can use the drop box to pay. We absolutely loved our experience here. Pets allowed on leashes. We spent a good amount of time talking to Quain, the ranger who works there. He was so knowledgeable and we appreciate his time! We explored the entire town, hiked up to the top of the hill to an old cemetery, learned a lot in a short time, and got some great pictures. You won’t see many old west towns as perfectly preserved and non-commercial as this one. Kudos to the state of Montana for seeing the value of these old buildings and preserving them.
Written September 2, 2021
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Jesena
Seattle, WA343 contributions
My husband loved the visit and even I enjoyed this park. There is a small entrance fee and $2 for the booklet, but it is great to read about the history of each building and its worthwhile to get for your self guided tour. You can walk into most cabins and see how they lived in the early days and imagine how life must have been back in the days. The jail was fun too and some of the buildings are actually quite large, those were the places for the "richer" people in town. They are really trying hard to preserve what is there, very nice stop.
Written September 30, 2020
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4mommag
tripadvisor25 contributions
We wanted to see a true ghost town. This did not disappoint! Only $10 gets your whole car load into the park. A lot of history is told through the old buildings. Nothing fancy but abandoned. If you have allergies, you might want to take some allergy meds before going into the buildings.
Written June 15, 2022
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Tandyjo
Louisville, CO345 contributions
Happened to visit on a weekend of living history. The volunteers were fantastic bringing history to life and explaining the hardships of the times. Also a Model-T car club visiting driving 100+ miles across Montana on back roads. Very special to share with their commitment.
Written October 30, 2021
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BluegooseTraveler
New York Mills, MN1,268 contributions
My wife and I visited here with a couple from Dillon. It was quite a drive, but well worth it. A number of the original building still stand as well as the written history of the 1st capital of Montana. We visited the buildings as well as the cemetery located atop a nearby hill that overlooks the town. We spent a lot of time in the visitors center reading about the towns beginning and of it's slow demise as the ore plaid out. I would highly recommend a stop for every citizen of Montana to learn of it's roots and of how it grew to become the "Big Sky County". Great State Park.
Written August 6, 2020
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Gary S
Boise, ID27 contributions
Family
What a great ghost town you can actually go into the buildings, most of them anyway. A great way to look into the past. Interesting history I would suggest paying the $2 to get the interpretative brochure it makes the visit way better when you know what you are looking at. It took about an hour to see 75% of the town.
Written July 11, 2021
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Bill v
Box Elder, SD174 contributions
Couples
We are full-time RV’ers and are spending a few days at a local RV park. We decided to do some sight seeing and drove out to Bannack. It’s just right if you are looking for something to kill a couple of hours. The historical old town is in remarkably good shape and it’s easy to take the self-guided tour. Entrance fee is $8.00 per car and $2:00 for the program booklet. I found it an interesting stroll back in time to the gold rush days. The boardwalk makes it easy to walk most of the town and makes it more accessible to wheel chairs and mobility scooters. There also are plenty of old implements on display. I noticed a large area set aside for gold panning… instruction led by a park ranger. There were plenty of kids there that seemed to enjoy doing that. Bring water, hats, or maybe an umbrella along… even in the mid-70’s the heat can be bothersome if you can’t find shade. We were there about an hour and a half. If you hike to some of the outlying areas you could easily double or triple that depending on your level of activity. It was worth a visit, but not much to do but look at well preserved old buildings and such… but then we like that sort of thing.
Written July 22, 2021
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Stendel
Eastpointe, MI412 contributions
Couples
This is a well preserved western ghost town from the gold rush days. They have a guidebook for $2.00 and is really helpful on your self guided tour of this wonderful ghost town.I really enjoyed the Old Meade Hotel. Walking through it brought you back in time. Up the hill from town is a very old western cemetery ( picket fencing around the individual graves) where most of the people who lived here are buried. This was a wonderful experience. I highly recommend you visit .
Written September 4, 2020
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Statia D
Portal, AZ415 contributions
The experience as a whole was wonderful. The state of Montana receives a lot of credit for the rescue of this important mining town, but watch the video on YouTube that explains how the citizens originally raised the money and began the restoration. It is considered to be in a state of "arrested decay." Bannack has a ton of history. The first Hotel in Montana, the first Jail in Montana, and the first capital of Montana. I'm sure there's more, like the first electric dredging barge, who's skeletal remains are still on Grasshopper Creek. Visitors can enter the buildings, where they can observe many original furnishings. What you don't see, let your imagination do the rest. After your self guided tour, relax in one of the two campgrounds. I stayed in the Road Agent Campsite, which is less developed, the way I like it. It was also less crowded. Both campgrounds are on Grasshopper Creek and both are very nice. The Cemetery is on the way into the ghost town, and I believe there is another cemetery on one of the hills nearby. If I had thought to pack in food, I would have stayed another night, but the nearest town is a little drive and so I left in the morning with regrets. I guess I'll just have to go back!
Written September 17, 2020
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