Bannack State Park RV & Campground Guide

Montana

Located in Beaverhead County, Montana, Bannack is a ghost town with a rich and interesting history. The town is managed by the state and open to the public as Bannack State Park. It is also a National Historic Landmark. 

The town of Bannack was founded in 1862 and operated as a mining town for many years. It briefly served as the capital city of Montana territory and saw a peak population of ten thousand residents. Now, only sixty of the original buildings remain. Many of these are open to visitors, offering a unique and fascinating peek into the past.

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Weather
Spring 19°F–60°F
Summer 39°F–82°F
Fall 14°F–70°F
Winter 4°F–31°F
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RV Resorts & Campsites in Bannack State Park

You will need somewhere to stay during your time in Bannack State Park. One of the most affordable (and most fun) options is camping. A rental unit from RVshare will keep your family quite comfortable during their visit, and camping gives you and your loved ones a chance to reconnect with nature as you learn about the past. 

Wondering where to park your rental rig? Why not at the state park itself? There are two campgrounds located inside of Bannack State Park, making camping a super convenient option for those who want to explore the park in depth. 

The Vigilante Campground is the larger of the two options and is the most suitable for RVs. This camping area offers picnic tables, fire rings, water access. Restrooms are available, but electricity and showers are not.

Prefer to camp with hookups and showers? No problem! There are plenty of other options in the area. 

Dillon KOA

Just like most KOA campgrounds, Dillon KOA is an ideal place for families looking to have fun camping together. This campground offers a variety of wonderful amenities, as well as friendly staff that is always happy to help. Best of all, the campground is within walking distance of downtown Dillon—an ideal location if you ask us!

  • Water hookup: Yes
  • Electrical hookup: Yes
  • Sewer hookup: Yes
  • Wi-Fi: Yes
  • Pet-friendly: Yes 

Other amenities: Clean bathhouses; swimming pool; laundry facilities; play area for kids; recreational activities; pet area

Southside RV Park

Another great option in the town of Dillon is Southside RV Park. This park also has plenty of friendly staff available to help, and is within walking distance of some Dillon businesses. Pull-through sites make parking a breeze, and the fact that the campground is so clean and quiet makes for a very relaxing ambiance. 

  • Water hookup: Yes
  • Electrical hookup: Yes
  • Sewer hookup: Yes
  • Wi-Fi: Yes
  • Pet-friendly: Yes
  • Other amenities: Clean bathhouses; recreational opportunities; pet area; laundry facilities

Countryside RV Park

Finally, we must mention Countryside RV Park. People love how roomy and quiet this park is. The mountain views add to the beauty of the place, and the fact that it is so close to I-15 makes it convenient as well. The park is about 3 miles from downtown Dillon, so you may not want to walk it, but it is an easy drive. 

  • Water hookup: Yes
  • Electrical hookup: Yes
  • Sewer hookup: Yes
  • Wi-Fi: Yes
  • Pet-friendly: Yes

Other amenities: Bathhouses; recreation opportunities; pet area; laundry facilities

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What to Do at
Bannack State Park

Inside Bannack State Park

What will you do during your time spent in Bannack State Park? As far as we can tell, you shouldn’t have any trouble finding things to do. The more difficult thing will be choosing from the long list of options:

Living History — The main draw at Bannack State Park is the incredible history lessons that can be found here. Walking through original 19th-century buildings really gives you a taste of what things must’ve been like. Of course, visiting during one of the park’s many living history events helps bring the whole town to life, making your trip back in time even more vivid. 

Ghost Walks — Like to be a bit frightened? You’ll love the ghost walks in Bannack State Park. You see, there are said to be ghosts in this old ghost town, and the guided ghost walks offered by the park’s rangers might just get you up close and personal with one. 

Gold Panning — As mentioned earlier, Bannack was once a mining town. Therefore, it only makes sense that visitors to the town are given the opportunity to pan for gold. This is a wonderful family activity that the kids are sure to love!

Earn a Badge — Another great kids activity in this park is the Junior Ranger Program. Kids can complete a set of activities within the park to earn a badge. This is a great way to get kids excited about their visit and help keep them engaged throughout. 

Outside Bannack State Park

Once you’ve finished checking out the park, you’ll likely want to find other things to see in the area. Lucky for you, there are plenty of things to do.

Restaurants

When mealtime rolls around, you’re going to need to know where to go to get the best grub. The restaurants below are some favorites we’re sure you’ll love.

Sparky’s Garage Dillon

A super cute eatery with a 1950s garage theme, Sparky’s is one place you simply must eat while in the area. The menu includes a wide variety of choices including regional cuisine, comfort foods, healthy foods, and more. If you’re in the mood for fun ambiance and a filling meal, this is the place for you.

Location: Dillon, MT

Muffaletta’s

Looking for interesting and yummy lunch food? Stop by Muffaletta’s. Here you’ll find all kinds of unique sandwiches, salads, and other light fare - and every single thing on the menu is delicious. We highly recommend the butter chicken though, and once you taste it, you’ll understand why.

Location: Dillon, MT

Fiesta Mexicana

Sometimes Mexican food is just what the doctor ordered. When these times roll around, Fiesta Mexicana is the place to be. Ask any of the locals and they’ll gladly agree that this is easily the best Mexican food in town, and the fun, party-like atmosphere just adds to the appeal of the place.

Location: Dillon, MT

Sightseeing

Let's discuss some of the sights to see and activities to participate in in the area. Below are a few of our favorites.

Maverick Mountain

If you happen to visit during the winter months, you will definitely want to take a trip to Maverick Mountain. This amazing ski resort is an affordable way to try your hand at skiing, and the lack of crowds makes it even more fun. There are plenty of runs to keep you busy for a while, and when you’re finished you can enjoy some good grub at the onsite eatery.

Location: Polaris, MT

Beaverhead County Museum

Want to learn even more about the history of the area? Beaverhead County Museum is a great place to go. This museum may be small but it certainly has a lot of information packed within its walls. In fact, one could easily spend a couple of hours here exploring the past.

Location: Dillon, MT

Clark’s Lookout State Park

Those who love the great outdoors will be happy to learn that Clark's Lookout State Park is nearby. This park is a great place to get in a bit of hiking, and because it’s pet-friendly, you can even bring your dog along. Take the trail to the highest point in the park for a fabulous view of the town below, along with the gorgeous Montana countryside all around. 

Location: Dillon, MT

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How to Get to
Bannack State Park

Bannack State Park is located on Bannack Rd, a few miles east of Bannack Bench Rd. 

The address of the park is:

721 Bannack Rd 

Dillon, MT 59725

Entering Bannack State Park

This park is open year-round. In the summer, you can visit from 8am until sunset, but in the winter you can expect the park to close at 5pm. It should be noted however that the visitor center does close during the winter months, so plan accordingly. 

Entrance to the park is free for residents of Montana. However, out-of-state visitors should expect to pay a $6-per-vehicle entrance fee.

Montana Residents : $0

Free

Out-of-state : $6

per vehicle

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