Bannack State Park Skating Pond Opens
By Moosetrack Megan

Posted: December 21, 2018

Montana State Parks (stateparks.mt.gov) invites you to lace up your ice skates and hit the ice at Bannack State Park. The skating pond will be open December 26 through January 1, and every following weekend while ice conditions allow.

Spectators can roast marshmallows and take in all the action near the warmth of a fire at the edge of the pond. Loaner skates, coffee, cocoa, cider, sodas and candy bars are available in the warming house, open 10am to 4pm. After skating, take a walk-through town and then head to Dillon for dinner.

Ice conditions are subject to sudden weather changes. Please call the park office at (406) 834-3413 for current ice conditions.

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.

Bannack State Park, located near Dillion, MT., is a National Historic Landmark and the site of Montana’s first major gold discovery on July 28, 1862. This strike set off a massive gold rush that swelled Bannack’s population to over 3,000 by 1863. As the value of gold steadily dwindled, Bannack’s bustling population was slowly lost. Today, over 50 original buildings line Main Street and their historic log and frame structures recall Montana’s formative years.

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