Dillon, Montana

Art and Art Galleries

Cathy Weber. 26 North Idaho, Dillon, MT 59725. Phone: 406-683-5493. E-mail


Big Sky Cinemas. 560 N. Montana, Dillon, MT 59725. Phone: 406-683-4833.

Museums and Exhibits

Beaverhead County Museum. 15 S. Montana Street, Dillon, MT 59725. Phone: 406-683-5027.

National Forest

Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest. Ranger Station - 420 Barrett Street, Dillon, MT 59725. Phone: 406-683-3900.

The largest of the national forests in Montana covering over 3 million acres.

Performing Arts

Southwest Montana Arts Council. PO Box 1282, Dillon, MT 59725. Phone: 406-683-6208. E-mail

Scenic Byway

Pioneer Scenic Byway - Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest
Interpretive sites along the byway tell travelers about the natural scene and some of the history of the Pioneer Mountains. Also visit the ghost town of Coolidge and the abandoned Elkhorn silver mine. Length: 49.0 miles / 78.9 km. Time to Allow: 1.5 hours.

State Parks

Bannock State Park. 721 Bannack Road, Dillon, MT 59725. Phone: 406-834-3413. GPS: 45.16212; -112.99868.

Bannack was founded in 1862 when John White discovered gold on Grasshopper Creek. As news of the gold strike spread many prospectors and businessmen rushed to Bannack hoping to strike it rich. By the 1950's gold workings had dwindled and most folks had moved on. Over sixty structures remain standing, most of which can be explored in this renowned ghost town.

Beaverhead Rock State Park. 162 Beaverhead Rock Road, Twin Bridges, MT 59754. Phone: 406-834-3413. GPS: 45.38333; -112.46090.

Sacagawea, a young Shoshone Indian guide traveling with the Lewis and Clark Expedition in 1805, recognized this rock formation (resembling the head of a swimming beaver), and knew that she may be in the vicinity of her relatives. The sighting gave the expedition hope that they may be able to find Native peoples from which to acquire horses for their trip across the mountains to the Pacific Ocean.

Clark's Lookout State Park. 25 Clark's Lookout Road, Dillon, MT 59725. Phone: 406-834-3413. GPS: 45.235; -112.634.

On August 13, 1805, Clark climbed a high bluff above the Beaverhead River to get a sense of his surroundings and document the location. Unknown to Clark, Lewis had met with 60 Shoshone warriors and was working to establish a meeting at what would become Camp Fortunate.

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