Bannack State Park to RE-OPEN

Bannack State Park, including the campgrounds, will re-open to the public on Monday, September 9 at 8am. This state park has been closed since July 17 due to a flash flood that damaged 80% of the park’s 60 historic buildings and town site areas with rain, mud and hail.

If you would like more information please go to the Bannack Association Facebook page for daily updates.

Welcome to Bannack State Park!

Welcome to the official Bannack State Park web site! Here, you will find historical information on Bannack, directions for park visitation, and information on the many exciting events and activities we offer here in Bannack. We hope to see you soon at Bannack State Park!

What is Bannack State Park?

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. In 1864, Bannack was named as the first Territorial Capital of Montana. Remaining in Bannack for only a short time, the Capital moved on to Virginia City. In 1863 gold had been discovered near Virginia City and at that time many prospectors left Bannack in hopes of finding the mother lode in Virginia City. However, some people stayed in Bannack and explored the use of further mining techniques. From the late 1860's to the 1930's, Bannack continued as a mining town with a fluctuating population. By the 1950's gold workings had dwindled and most folks had moved on. At that point the State of Montana declared Bannack a State Park. Today, over sixty structures remain standing, most of which can be explored. People from all over visit this renowned ghost town to discover their heritage.

The Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife, and Parks governs the town site and surrounding area of Bannack.