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Bannack, MT

Status: Open through Thu Dec 31 2015   Season Dates
Max reservation window: Tue Apr 05 2016   Later Dates


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 easy to mine gold steadily dwindled, Bannack's bustling population slowly declined till no one was left. Over 50 buildings line Main Street; their historic log and frame structures recall Montana's formative years.

A walk down the deserted streets of Bannack evokes a feeling of the realities faced in 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, re-enactors, and activities, is held the third weekend in July each year. Tours are conducted from the visitor center, which is open from Memorial Day through Labor Day.

Bannack has one tipi and two campgrounds; Vigilante and Road Agent offering a total of 24 campsites, 8 of which are available on a first come, first served basis.

Bannack also has several group day use facilities for special events and occasions. Inquire with park staff regarding their availability.

Services & Amenities:

Within Facility
  • Bicycling
  • Bird Watching
  • Camping, Equestrian
  • Fire Rings
  • Fishing
  • Fishing, River / Stream
  • Group / Community Facility
  • Hiking
  • Hiking Trail
  • Historic Sites
  • Historic Structure / Feature
  • Horseback Riding
  • Horseshoe Pits
  • Information / Contact Station
  • Interpretive Exhibit / Display
  • Interpretive Trail
  • Kiosk
  • Office/Ranger Station
  • Parking
  • Photography
  • Picnic Area
  • Picnic Tables
  • Picnicking
  • Programs, History
  • Retail, Drinks
  • Retail, Firewood
  • Retail, Ice
  • Retail, Store / Gift Shop
  • Seasonal Festivals
  • Toilet, Pit/Vault
  • Trails, Equestrian
  • Trails, Hiking, Moderate
  • Trails, Mountain Bike
  • Water Drinking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Greater Than 10 Miles
  • Boating
  • Catering
  • Dump Station, Camper
  • Emergency Services
  • First Aid Supplies
  • Fuel, Vehicles
  • Golf
  • Grocery Store
  • Horse Rentals
  • Hospital
  • Laundry
  • Maintenance, Vehicle
  • Medical Clinic
  • Motel
  • Museum
  • Newspapers
  • Propane
  • Reservoir
  • Restaurant
  • Scenic Driving Routes
  • Town
  • Water Access, Reservoir
Alerts and Important Information
ADA designated campsites may only be reserved and occupied by a party who can provide proof of disability upon arrival. Proof of eligibility for at least one member of your party will be required in the form of a DMV (or other states equivalent) issued person with disabilities placard or disabilities motor vehicle license plate. The eligible member of your party must be an occupant of the site for the entire reserved period. Failure to comply with these requirements will result in the cancellation of your reservation and forfeiture of your reservation fee. Additional cancellation fees will be applied.

Some yurts, cabins and group facilities are ADA accessible and do not require proof of disability upon arrival.

Camping is allowed in designated areas only. All boats, trailers, rigs and motorized vehicles must fit entirely within the campsite parking-spur provided. Any equipment that does not fit entirely within the campsite parking-spur must be parked outside the campground in an area designated by the park manager. If no outside parking is available, a second campsite must be purchased.

Open fires are allowed only in established iron fire rings and grills. Propane and LPG camp stoves are allowed. Smoking is not allowed except in enclosed vehicles or developed sites at least 3 feet in diameter and cleared of all flammable materials.

Check-in time is 2:00pm for campsites and 3:00pm for yurts, cabins and tipis's (local time).

Check-out time is 1:00pm for campsites and 12:00pm for yurts, cabins, and tipis (local park time). Late checkouts may incur additional fees unless prior arrangements have been made with park staff.

The maximum capacity at each individually signed or numbered campsite is eight (8) people. This typically involves a single camping unit, which includes, but not limited to, a tent, motor home, camping bus, truck mounted camper shell, pull-type camper, or other device designed and commonly used for sleeping. In the event the site is designated as Double Site, the site capacity for that site is doubled to allow for sixteen (16) people and two camping units.

Campfires are allowed in designated areas only!

Pets must be kept on a leash. Please check with destination park staff for local restrictions.

Quiet hours are enforced from 10:00pm to 7:00am.

Fireworks are prohibited in all parks at all times. No Exceptions..

In case of an emergency when visiting Montana State Parks, please dial 911. You may also wish to notify park staff for additional assistance if necessary.

For non-emergency assistance please contact park staff.

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
45.163, -112.995
45°9'47"N, 112°59'42"W

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 17 miles. Turn south onto the Bannack Road and travel four miles. Park entrance road will be on the left hand side.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

4200 Bannack Rd
Dillon  MT  59725

Phone Number:

Information:  (406)834-3413