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Bannack State Park

721 Bannack Road

Come walk the deserted streets of Bannack and discover for yourself the realities of the "Old West." Bannack is the best preserved of all Montana ghost towns.

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 park is 5,837 feet in elevation and 1,529 acres. The campground has 28 sites and a group picnic site. A rental tipi is located in the campground situated along Grasshopper Creek.

In the winter months, dress warmly and skate on the frozen dredge pond from December 26th (weather permitting) to the first week in March. Warming house hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends. Skates are available to use or you may bring your own.


Barry Gackle

Wednesday, May 30, 2018
Well preserved historic town. You can walk right into the old buildings. Historical background is given for all buildings. Very cool if that sort of thing sounds interesting to you. If that DOESN'T interest you... then it is a bunch of old storage shed sized houses that smell funny. I thought it was interesting.

greg s

Tuesday, April 10, 2018
we really enjoyed our visit. small entrance fee, but well worth it. most of the buildings have not been restored, so you can see how it really was back in the day. a lot of interesting small things to see, you can't be in a hurry. camping is near by, with wifi. we didn't look in the campground, but is in a nice area

Isaac Triance

Sunday, Feb. 25, 2018
This ghost town is an amazing place! It's got so many cool nooks and crannies to explore. The place is supposedly haunted so if you're into that this is a cool place to venture to. It's got breathtaking views and is right by a river. Which means mosquitoes, so come prepared to combat those blood suckers.


Saturday, June 16, 2018
They are great hosts and are open late for the unexpected traveler. Bathrooms are sparkling clean and heated. Walking distance to everything in town.


Monday, Jan. 22, 2018
This park is fantastic. We drove 165 miles to see this and it was well worth it. It has the feel of a ghost town but one that has been protected from the worst ravages of time. Wish we could have camped here but this was our last day in Montana. We went out of our way to see this but am glad we did.

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