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“Ghost town”
Review of Bannack State Park

Bannack State Park
Ranked #1 of 18 things to do in Dillon
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed January 6, 2013

went three times , first to look, second for banack days, third to show our out of state families We got to see the shoot out. finally go inside the mason room, got a ride of the 1937 truck. enjoyed the jail stay.love the campsite. the videos to the old bannack days. we visited the bannack cementary. enjoy the food. most of all we got to pan for gold.

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Reviewed January 5, 2013

Neither of us had been to a ghost town before, so we discovered you could camp here in a teepee, it was a no-brainer. It might be out of the way, but well worth the trip -- especially as a camping spot.

We got there not long before sunset and were the only people in the ghost town. The booklet you're given as you enter is really, really informative and you can go into a lot of the old buildings... up the creaking staircases, look out through the cracked windows. The best part is that it's not commercialized -- it's historic, informative, and they don't need to recreate gun fights in the streets.

We were just finishing up our walk around the town as the sun was setting -- it was completely quiet and just beautiful. I'm not sure if going on a day trip here would be as good, but the fact we were camping right there made it really, really great... even once the sun set, the immense stars came out and the coyotes started howling. Definitely recommend it.

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Reviewed December 31, 2012

If you have never been to a ghost town...this is kind of cool. Your in MT so you have to watch for snakes outside of the town...but on a positive note, you cant take a bad picture.

Thank m m
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Reviewed October 24, 2012

We recently moved to the Dillon area. The Park is amazingly well preserved. You are able to walk into almost all of the old buildings, including the store, hotel, homes and the jail. We have been to two functions put on by Bannack State Park. The 150 year anniversary was celebrated in September with living history actors, exhibits and gold panning. This month a "Ghost Walk" was presented. It was very fun and well done. Looking forward to many more opportunities out there.

Thank Debra H
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Reviewed September 28, 2012

This is a little out of the way, but worth the visit. It's a minimal entrance fee but you get to fully explore the site. You can walk through all the buildings and really see what it would have been like to live there. It's not a tourist trap. No one is dressed in costume trying to sell you anything. It is 100% pet friendly, the dogs can explore the buildings too. The rattle snake warning threw me off a little, but we were lucky enough to not see any around.

Thank katie b
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