February 01, 2020
11:00am - 4:00pm
Bannack State Park, Dillon
Looking for a unique winter experience? Load up the car and head for Bannack State Park, Montana’s first territorial capital and best-kept ghost town. Pack skates and a picnic lunch and spend a crisp winter day gliding across the skating pond. No skates? No problem! Many different sizes of skates are free for visitors to use.
Spectators can roast marshmallows and take in all the action near the warmth of a fire at the edge of the pond. Coffee, cocoa, cider, sodas and candy bars are available in the warming house. After skating, take a walk-through town and then head to Dillon for dinner.
Admission fees are $6 for non-Montana registered vehicles and free to MT- registered vehicles who have paid their park fee. Or, purchase a State Park Passport, which allows access to all Montana State Parks for the year.
Donations and fees collected at Bannack help keep the “Bannack Experience” alive. We are continually working to keep these historic structures protected from the elements. Your financial support helps keep the buildings safe, so they can be explored inside and out and helps fund educational programs or special events such as Bannack Days each July.
While walking Main Street with the cold north wind whistling through, imagine the hardships those early residents of Bannack endured. Yet the simple pleasure of skating as families did years ago is sure to warm a cold winter day and is all part of what we call the “Bannack Experience”. Come on out and give it a try!
Loner skates are available from the warming house, with a free will donation to the Bannack Association. open 11am to 4pm December 28 through January 1st and on weekends after that until the end of February, ice conditions permitting, please call ahead for information or ice conditions at 406-834-3413. Bannack is located 25 miles southwest of Dillon, Montana off Highway 278.