Bannack State Park is located 25 miles southwest of Dillion, Montana. This ghost town consists of over 60 intact structures located on the original townsite on Grasshopper Creek. The Montana State Park allows visitors to explore most of the buildings and the area including main street, a gallows and hilltop cemetery.
Bannack State Park is one of the coolest places to visit in Montana. I recommend everyone traveling through southwest Montana visit this park whether you have a couple hours or a few days to spend in the area. There is a small campground on Grasshopper Creek for those with enough time to spend the night. Sites may be reserved in advance.
The town of Bannack was founded in 1862 when gold was found in the nearby Grasshopper Creek. By 1864 Bannack was booming and became the first Territorial Capital of Montana. Bannack continued as a mining town into the 1930's with most of the population gone by the 1950's. Now the town of Bannack is preserved as a ghost town for people to explore.
Amy Bowser is the co-owner of Paradise Overland with her husband Jon. In their free time they explore anywhere they can get to with their Toyota and roof top tent.