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Dillon, Montana

You’ll discover some exceptional outdoor recreation and a rich history in Dillon, Montana when you add this fabulous Old West destination on your West Yellowstone vacation itinerary. Read More

  • Visit the old western town of Dillon, Montana to step back into gold rush days
  • Only two and a half hours from West Yellowstone
  • Take a historical walking tour of town
  • Bike a section of the Lewis and Clark Trail
  • Hike the Pioneer Range


Dillon began as a small ranching town but blossomed fully when vacationers discovered all there was to do and see here.


Dillon is located on Interstate 15, in southwestern Montana, south of Butte.


Despite its size, Dillon, Montana offers some great dining. You’ll find homestyle family cooking “like Mom used to make,” steaks, pasta, seafood, Chinese cuisine, gourmet coffees, down-home chili and cornbread, as well as fabulous Mexican and southwestern dishes and yummy pizza. The choices will have your mouth watering.

Find the perfect place to stay in Dillon, with your choice of historic inns, quaint bed and breakfasts with access to public lands for hunting, private vacation homes, lodges and cabins. With the wide array to choose from, you can get the value and personal attention you deserve.


Try the Clark Canyon Reservoir, 20 miles south of Dillon, which has some excellent fishing. This 6,600-acre reservoir offers some catches of rainbow trout to brag about. You’ll also find brown trout and suckers. The famous Dillon Rotary Club’s Fish Derby is held on Father’s Day each year, so you should make it if you can. Other good fishing spots are on the Beaverhead and Black Hole Rivers.

The Clark Canyon Reservoir also has four boat launch ramps, so you can get your boat in the water and enjoy the sunny days.

The Pioneer Range is located north of Dillon and provides great hiking trails throughout. You can also head south of Dillon on I-15 to Lima and hike the short but steep climb to Antone Peak. The trail is well maintained and ends at a grassy saddle with terrific views.

Part of the Lewis and Clark Trail is perfect for road bikers. With 88.5 miles of route along with parks, historic sites, wineries and museums, you’ll have a great time on this ride.

There are nine campgrounds with a total of 96 campsites at Clark Canyon Reservoir. You can choose one that has RV hookups if that’s what you need.


Historical Walking Tour
Get a real close-up view of gold rush era homes and buildings in Dillon by taking the Historical Walking Tour. You’ll see the western frontier is most certainly still alive and kicking in Dillon, Montana.

Beaverhead County Museum
With the exhibits on the mining and ranching of this region, this museum will provide you and your family with rich historical information, as well as a view of the bones of a mammoth.

This ghost town is only three miles south of Dillon and definitely worth a stop. Bannack was the location of Montana’s first major gold strike, and was the first Territorial capital. Tour the 50 remaining original structures.

Getting Here

To reach West Yellowstone from Dillon, Montana, get onto MT 41 and take that to MT/US 287. When you reach US 191, follow that right to West Yellowstone. The drive is 142.6 miles and takes about a two and a half hours.