Bannack State Park Campground

Dillon, Montana 59725

Bannack State Park Campground

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Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"A nondescript guideboard with letters scratched into it was nailed to a post along a rutted road. It read “tu grasshopper digns 30 myle keep the trale nex the bluffe.” This simple message led hundreds of hopeful gold prospectors to Grasshopper Creek, where they expected to find gold just like John White did in July of 1862. Within ten months the population swelled to over 5,000, and like a typical boomtown, by 1865 there were only a few hundred people left. The town was named Bannack, a misspelling of the name for the local Bannock tribe. This was Montana’s first territorial capital, its gold bringing more than miners, as others saw potential to make their “pile” offering goods and services to those seeking their fortunes with a pick and a pan.

Men like Sidney Edgerton, Granville Stuart, and Wilber Fisk Sanders arrived here and left their mark on Montana history in ways far beyond the riches of gold. Others, like Henry Plummer, left their mark due to greed and lawlessness. Their stories and those of countless others are recounted here by the interpretive staff, informational and interactive programs, signs, and brochures. If you love history, you will love Bannack."

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Trail Information

Dillon
Nearby City
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
24 Sites
Campsites
Year-round, full services Memorial Day weekend-Labor Day.
Season
Camping
Additional Use
Bannack State Park. 406-834-3413, stateparks.mt.gov/bannack; reservations: reserveamerica.com
Local Contacts
$18 resident, $28 nonresident; $6/extra nonresident vehicle
Fees per Night
Water, vault toilets, tepee, visitor center, firewood for sale.
Facilities

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