University of Montana Western
The University of Montana Western is a four-year public university founded in Dillon in 1893. Originally a teacher’s college, Montana Western now features degrees in many areas including guiding and outfitting and natural horsemanship. Fans of Bulldog Athletics have included The Den in their victory celebrations for decades.
More than a collection of objects, papers, and photographs, the Museum provides the opportunity for service, education, and entertainment and is a positive, economic influence on the community and county, drawing thousands of visitors each year. Public ownership and operation of the Museum through Beaverhead County assures the permanence of its historical collections.
Bannack State Park
The site of Montana’s first gold discovery, Bannack State Park contains 60 buildings that remain from the original town. Visitors can visit this ghost town, which was one of the original seats of government for the state.
Crystal Park is a unique recreation area at an elevation of 7,800 feet in the Pioneer Mountains in southwest Montana. Crystal hunters enjoy the beauty of the Pioneer Byway while discovering geological treasures. Crystal Park is open seasonally for day use only and has a fee per car. The universally accessible facilities include picnic sites with tables and grills, information signs, toilets, and a paved trail with benches and an overlook.
Wise River is surrounded by a half-million acres of peaks, lakes and headwaters in the Pioneer Mountains and offers some of Montana’s most breathtaking scenery. The Pioneer Mountains Scenic Byway offers 40 miles of back-country driving that bisect the Pioneer Mountains between Montana Highway 43 and Highway 278. Enjoy scenic drives, camping, hiking, fishing, ghost towns and crystal digging in the summer, while winter offers snowmobiling and cross-country skiing.
Maverick Mountain Ski Resort
Maverick Mountain, just 45 minutes from Dillon, boasts some of the best slopes in Montana. Enjoy the breathtaking views from the top of the mountain and all the way up while on the ski lift. Take a break and relax in the lodge, where you can enjoy more quality time with your family and friends. Locally owned and operated, Maverick Mountain is a destination ski trip that will enhance your vacation.
The Beaverhead River boasts some of the fishing opportunities in Southwestern Montana. With public fishing access points along the river, there is room for everyone to find that perfect fishing hole. Check in with our outstanding local outfitters to plan a trout fishing trip of a lifetime.
Big Hole River
For some of the best fishing in Montana, visit any place on the Big Hole River. Test your skills in one of the few rivers to feature five species of trout. Dillon and Melrose are home to experienced outfitters who can help you pursue your “Montana Grand Slam” on the exceptional waters.
Elk Horn Hot Springs
Elkhorn Hot Springs is a family owned primitive retreat in the Pioneer Mountains, located 40 miles southwest of Dillon Montana