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Living in Beaverhead County

Small Community, Big Opportunity

Dillon is a city located in Beaverhead County, Montana. Beaverhead County is also the largest county by land size in Montana at 3,547,320 acres.

Dillon has a 2023 population of 4,177. It is also the county seat of Beaverhead County. Dillon is growing at a rate of 2.5% annually, and its population has increased by 7.68% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 3,879 in 2020.



Dillon, Montana, has an economy that reflects its status as a small, yet vibrant and resourceful community. Historically rooted in agriculture, particularly cattle ranching, and farming, Dillon's economy has maintained its agrarian heritage while diversifying into other sectors. The presence of the University of Montana Western adds an educational dimension, contributing to local employment and stimulating economic activity.


Retail, healthcare, and tourism also play significant roles in the town's economy. Dillon's picturesque landscapes and rich history attract tourists, benefiting local businesses like hotels, restaurants, and outdoor recreation services. Additionally, the town's strategic location along major highways supports a robust trade and services sector. While Dillon's economy may not be as large as that of larger cities, it exhibits a resilient and adaptive character, leveraging its unique strengths and community spirit.

Population & Diversity

Dillon, Montana, with an estimated population of around 4,200 residents, is the quintessential example of a small, close-knit rural American town. Its population size places it in the category of small towns, especially compared to urban centers. However, it is fairly typical of rural communities in Montana and the broader Rocky Mountain region. As a result of its size, Dillon has a unique charm and a strong sense of community, with residents often knowing one another by name. Despite its modest size, Dillon's role as a county seat and its proximity to natural attractions and the University of Montana Western give it prominence that exceeds what one might expect from its population alone. In comparison to other rural towns in the region, Dillon strikes a balance between retaining a small-town feel and offering a range of services and amenities, making it a significant hub in southwestern Montana.

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Dillon, Montana, is a hidden gem for tourists seeking a genuine Montana experience. Nestled in the scenic Beaverhead Valley, this charming town is renowned for its rich history, outdoor adventures, and warm hospitality. Visitors can explore the Beaverhead County Museum, hike in nearby state parks, or enjoy world-class fly fishing along the famed Beaverhead River. Dillon's welcoming community, local festivals, and stunning mountain landscapes make it an ideal destination for those looking to escape the crowds and immerse themselves in the authentic Western spirit of Montana. Whether you're here for a weekend getaway or considering relocating to this picturesque town, Dillon promises an unforgettable adventure in Big Sky Country.


Frequently Asked Questions

  • Does Dillon have a newspaper?
    Yes, Dillon proudly hosts two newspapers, the Dillon Tribune and the Dillonite Daily, providing our community with local news, events, and important updates.
  • When are the Dillon Farmer's Markets?
    The Dillon Farmers' Market offers locally grown produce, as well as locally prepared or processed food specialties and baked goods, arts and crafts, children's activities, and a variety of entertainment and educational programs. This community event connects local producers and shoppers in an open-air setting.
  • How do I get to Dillon from the airport?
    Dillon, Montana is not served by a commercial airport with major airline service. However, the nearest airports with commercial flights are: 1. Bert Mooney Airport (BTM) in Butte, Montana: Bert Mooney Airport is approximately 70 miles (about 112 kilometers) northwest of Dillon. It's a regional airport with limited commercial flights. 2. Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport (BZN) in Bozeman, Montana: Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport is the closest major airport to Dillon. It is approximately 109 miles (about 233 kilometers) northeast of Dillon, which takes about 1 hr 45min drive. BZN offers a wider range of domestic flight options and is the most common choice for travelers visiting Dillon.
  • How far is it to Yellowstone National Park and how do I get there?
    Yellowstone National Park is located in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. The distance to Yellowstone National Park from Dillon can vary depending on which entrance you plan to use, as the park is quite large. Here are the approximate driving distances and directions to the west entrance of Yellowstone National Park, which is one of the primary entrances: Distance from Dillon to the West Entrance of Yellowstone National Park: Approximately 180 miles (about 290 kilometers) Estimated driving time: About 3.5 to 4.5 hours, depending on road conditions and traffic. Here are the general directions from Dillon to the West Entrance of Yellowstone National Park: Start by heading west on I-15. Take exit 0 to enter Idaho (you will briefly leave Montana). Continue on I-15 for a while, then take Exit 116 to merge onto US-20 West toward Ashton, Idaho. Continue on US-20 West, passing through the town of West Yellowstone, until you reach the West Entrance of Yellowstone National Park.
  • What ski areas are close to Dillon?
    Maverick Mountain Ski Area: Located about 37 miles (approximately 60 kilometers) southwest of Dillon, Maverick Mountain Ski Area is one of the closest ski resorts to Dillon. It offers downhill skiing and snowboarding opportunities in a scenic and less crowded setting. Discovery Ski Area: Discovery Ski Area is located approximately 80 miles (about 129 kilometers) northwest of Dillon near the town of Philipsburg, Montana. It provides a variety of terrain for skiers and snowboarders of different skill levels. Lost Trail Powder Mountain: Lost Trail Powder Mountain is situated about 105 miles (around 169 kilometers) southwest of Dillon, near the Montana-Idaho border. It's known for its abundant snowfall and offers skiing and snowboarding options.
  • What are some fun facts about Dillon Montana?
    Dillon is home to the University of Montana Western, known for its innovative "One Program," where students take one course at a time for more immersive learning. The town was named after Sidney Dillon, the president of the Union Pacific Railroad, during the late 1800s. Dillon is surrounded by picturesque landscapes, including the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest and the Big Hole River, making it a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts. It hosts the annual Montana Shakespeare in the Parks, bringing the works of William Shakespeare to the community in an outdoor setting. Dillon is famous for the Dillon Jaycees' rodeo, a popular event showcasing Montana's cowboy culture. Dillon is host to the RATPOD (Ride Around The Pioneers in One Day) is a one-day, charity cycling ride benefiting Camp Māk-A-Dream.
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