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Dillon's Great Outdoors: Where Adventure Begins

Summer Activities

Dillon truly comes alive in the summer, offering a wealth of outdoor activities for visitors to enjoy. Start your day by exploring the stunning Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest, where you can hike through lush forests, fish in pristine lakes and rivers, or even go camping under the starry Montana sky. If you're an angler, take advantage of the opportunity to cast your line in the world-renowned Blue Ribbon trout streams that flow through the area. Dillon is also a gateway to Bannack State Park, where you can step back in time and explore the well-preserved ghost town of Bannack, offering a glimpse into Montana's rich history.

 

For those seeking a more relaxing experience, take a leisurely stroll through the charming downtown streets, filled with local shops and eateries. And when the sun sets, Dillon's warm summer nights are perfect for stargazing, thanks to its low light pollution – a truly magical experience.

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Winter Activies

When winter blankets Dillon in snow, the town transforms into a winter wonderland for outdoor enthusiasts. Hit the slopes at Maverick Mountain, a nearby ski area known for its family-friendly atmosphere and excellent downhill skiing and snowboarding. If you prefer cross-country skiing or snowshoeing, you'll find numerous trails in the surrounding forests, offering a serene winter experience. For an adrenaline rush, consider trying out snowmobiling on the groomed trails or ice fishing on the frozen lakes. After a day of cold-weather adventures, warm up with a cup of hot cocoa or a hearty meal at one of Dillon's cozy restaurants. You can also explore the local cultural scene by visiting the Beaverhead County Museum or catching a performance at the historic Dillon's Depot Theatre. Whether you're an avid winter sports enthusiast or simply looking to embrace the snowy charm of Montana, Dillon offers a winter experience like no other.

Nearby State Parks

Dillon, Montana, is surrounded by a treasure trove of natural and historical gems, including several nearby state parks waiting to be explored. Step back in time at Bannack State Park, where the well-preserved ghost town of Bannack offers a fascinating glimpse into Montana's frontier history. Take a hike to Clark's Lookout, an important historical site that provides panoramic views of the Beaverhead Valley, offering insight into Lewis and Clark's expedition. For those seeking more natural wonders, Beaverhead Rock State Park showcases the iconic landmark that once guided explorers on their journey westward. And don't forget the vast wilderness of Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest, with over 3.39 million acres comprised of scenic byways, wilderness areas, and rangeland. Outdoor enthusiasts can immerse themselves in this pristine landscape, perfect for hiking, fishing, and camping. These nearby state parks and the surrounding natural beauty make Dillon an ideal destination for history buffs and nature lovers alike.

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Image by Daniel Lloyd Blunk-Fernández

Dillon Jaycees Montana's Biggest Weekend 

Every Labor Day weekend, the heart of Dillon, Montana, beats to the thrilling rhythm of the Dillon Jaycees Montana's Biggest Weekend Rodeo—an event that encapsulates the essence of the American West. Hosted by the dedicated Dillon Jaycees, this two-day extravaganza is a highlight of the town's calendar, drawing rodeo enthusiasts and families alike. The rodeo itself is a spectacle of courage and skill, where fearless cowboys and cowgirls test their mettle against bucking broncos and mighty bulls, all under the vast Montana sky. But that's just the beginning. The celebration extends beyond the arena with live concerts featuring top-notch artists, ensuring the evenings are filled with music and merriment. And let's not forget the local town parade, where the community comes together to showcase their Western spirit. The Dillon Jaycees Montana's Biggest Weekend Rodeo is a cherished tradition that captures the rugged charm and hospitality of Montana, making it a must-visit event for anyone seeking an authentic Western experience.

FAQS

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. https://bozemanairport.com/flights
  • 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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