The Big Hole Divide to Bannack and Back to Divide

Wisdom, Montana

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This 113-mile drive meanders through the Big Hole Valley to the ghost town of Bannack. You can end the route there or go an additional 40 miles through the Pioneer Mountains to loop back to where you started. Ghost towns, hot springs, and great hiking opportunities make this drive one on which you will want to spend some time. Special attractions: Big Hole Battlefield, Bannack and Coolidge ghost towns, Crystal Park, Elkhorn and Jackson hot springs; hiking, camping, boating, fishing, backpacking, and mountain biking. This eTrail is a complete description of a scenic drive with a route map and information on the best travel seasons, interesting sites, recreation opportunities, camping locations, and much more.
Scenic Driving Montana

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Scenic Driving Montana

by S. A. Snyder (Falcon Guides)

This 113-mile drive meanders through the Big Hole Valley to the ghost town of Bannack. You can end the route there or go an additional 40 miles through the Pioneer Mountains to loop back to where you started. Ghost towns, hot springs, and great hiking opportunities make this drive one on which you will want to spend some time.

Special attractions: Big Hole Battlefield, Bannack and Coolidge ghost towns, Crystal Park, Elkhorn and Jackson hot springs; hiking, camping, boating, fishing, backpacking, and mountain biking. This eTrail is a complete description of a scenic drive with a route map and information on the best travel seasons, interesting sites, recreation opportunities, camping locations, and much more.

©  S. A. Snyder/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Scenic Drives
Nearby City: Wisdom
Distance: 113
Season: Best spring through fall
Local Contacts: Beaverhead National Forest, Wise and Wisdom Ranger Districts
Driving Directions: Directions to The Big Hole: Divide to Bannack and Back to Divide

Recent Trail Reviews

8/25/2007
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Bannack was a ton of fun, on the weekends you can pan for gold and garnets. The actual Big Hole drive would be best in Spring, May or even June. Not July or August, forest fires and dry conditions made the air hazy and so there were not sweeping vistas to be seen. The trip to the Big Hole National Battlefield is a must see! We had fun in spite of the fire; make the side trip to the Pioneer Scenic By way too, that is also worth it.



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