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Lose Yourself, Discover Yourself in Dillon Montana

by JonPharr

Dillon is a small, western town surrounded by snow-capped mountains. Dillon has eclectic shops, art galleries, spas/salons, hiking trails, restaurants, and saloons. Dillon is situated in a sweeping valley into which the Big Hole and Beaverhead rivers converge. Beaverhead River is a blue-ribbon trout stream that’s a favorite for expert fly fishermen. Big Hole River is also a blue-ribbon trout stream with breath-taking views through the Big Hole River Canyon.

The Beaverhead County Museum in Dillon is devoted to preserving our local history. The country’s best preserved ghost town, Bannack State Park, located just southwest of Dillon. A nationally registered historic landmark, Bannack was Montana’s First Territorial Capital and the site of Montana’s first major gold discovery on July 28, 1862. Beaverhead County also has another type of Ghost Town, Coolidge.  An abandoned silver mine from the early 1900’s, Coolidge is located off the Pioneer Mountain Scenic Byway in the Beaverhead-Deer Lodge National Forest.

Abandoned Silver Mine and Ghost Town, Coolidge

Dillon is home to the largest of the national forests in Montana, covering 3.35 million acres. The Pioneer Mountain Scenic Byway and the Big Sheep Creek Backcountry Byway are two must-see car trips.

The Beaverhead Trails Coalition trailhead is along Ten Mile Road/Reeder Street in Dillon. Your hike could be as short as 30 minutes to 3 hours. Beaverhead Trails Coalition owns 1,114 acres of land on the west edge of Dillon, with 10 miles of trails to enjoy. These trails are for hiking, biking, running and horseback riding. You can enjoy vast views of the Pioneer Mountains to the west and to the east, overlooks Dillon and the Beaverhead River!

  • Dillon has an eclectic blend of fantastic shops to browse!
  • From Custom Saddles to Custom Boots!
  • From Ranch Supply to Hardware Stores!
  • From Local Artists’ Galleries to Alpaca Socks and Sweaters!
  • From a Furniture Store to Archery and Trading Post!
  • From unique Gift Shops to an Incredible Bookstore!
  • From Spas to Salons – Dillon has it all!

The Beaverhead River is one of the premier brown trout fishing rivers in Montana. The Beaverhead produces more large trout brown trout on a consistent basis than any other river in Montana.  The Big Hole River is the last river in the lower 48 that has a significant population of Artic Greyling. Every fall, hunters come from miles around for the hunt of a lifetime. For your dream hunting trip, visit 2H Outdoors,  Montana High Country Tours or Silver Bow Club to book that once in a lifetime hunt!

Every spring, summer and fall, you will find the area buzzing with explorers on side by sides or horses or folks relaxing in natural hot springs!  Visit Jackson Hot Springs or Elkhorn Hot Springs for more information.  Rent your side by side at Beaverhead Adventures or Pipestone Rentals & Adventures!

Every fall and winter, the mountains are shredded by sledders!  Beaverhead Adventures has the sled for your trip.  Or book a Stay & Sled vacation at Montana High Country Tours to book that once in a lifetime trip!

Ride a horse in Montana!  Learn to ride a horse or book a trail ride in the mountains with Diamond 7 Western Riding!  Book a lesson or a trail ride with Diamond 7 Western Riding!

Dillon is the basecamp for all of Beaverhead County, which is the largest county in Montana at over 5,500 square miles! With only two stop lights in the entire county, this is the place to come when you want to unwind and unplug! Lose Yourself | Discover Yourself in Dillon Montana! www.visitdillonmt.com

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