city in and county seat of Beaverhead County, Montana, United States

Dillon is a city in Southwest Montana. In 2020, about 3,800 people lived there.

Russell Lee street corner

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Dillon is home to University of Montana Western. This is a smaller college, so not the degree of student-life and activity as other college towns.

Dillon began as a railroad town. It served as the transportation hub for the many nearby towns with gold and silver mines.

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The town is off I-15. Nearest airports are Butte and Idaho Falls.

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The central business area of Dillon can be easily traveled on foot. The city offers a free bus service M-F during the day, can request a ride by calling. Most sight seeing activities will require driving.

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Map of Dillon
  • Bannack, 721 Bannack Rd (25 miles west), +1 406 834-3413, . Open daily. Jun-Sep 8AM-sunset; Oct-May 8AM-5PM. Visitor Center summer only, 10AM-6PM. Best preserved of all Montana ghost towns. Guided tours available in the summer. Ice skating allowed on pond in winter with loaner skates available; call ahead to see if pond is frozen. $8 per vehicle; campsite fees range from $4 to $34.
  • 1 Beaverhead County Museum, 15 S Montana St, +1 406 683-5027, . M-F 9AM-5PM. Local history in a log building complex.
  • Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest, +1 406 683-3900. Largest national forest in Montana. Breath-taking scenery, hiking trails, and numerous campgrounds.

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The Beaverhead and Big Hole rivers offer world class trout fishing. The Labor Day PRCA rodeo includes a parade and concerts and is named "Montana's Biggest Weekend".

  • Clark Canyon Reservoir (20 miles south of Dillon, take exit 44 off I-15 onto MT-324), +1 406 683-6472. Boating and fishing. Several campgrounds. Site of Camp Fortunate, a significant point from the Lewis and Clark expedition.
  • Maverick Mountain Ski Area, Polaris (50 miles west, take Pioneer Mountains Scenic By-Way off MT-278), +1 406 834-3454. Uncrowded skiing for all levels with 24 trails. Lodging available in town so you can play all day and not make the 50-mile drive back to Dillon. There is no cellular service for almost the entire drive and at the resort. The lodge does have free WiFi.

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Dillon has a few national food establishments such as Pizza Hut and McDonalds.

  • Buffalo Lodge, 155 Lake Front Dr (located south of Dillon by Clark Canyon Reservoir), +1 406 683-5535. Burgers and steaks.
  • 1 Klondike Inn, 33 E Bannack St, +1 406 683-3531. 8AM-9PM. Diner style food. Serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
  • 2 Papa T's, 10 N Montana St, +1 406 683-6432. M-W 11AM-8:30PM, Th-Sa 11AM-9PM. Casual family dining. Pizzas and burgers.
  • 3 Sparky's Garage, 420 E Poindexter, +1 406 638-2828. Su-Th 11AM-9PM, F Sa 11AM-9:30PM. 1950s-themed decor. Menu has smokehouse, burgers, and sandwiches.

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  • 1 Beaverhead Brewing Company, 278 S Montana St, +1 406 988-0011, . Su-F 3-8PM, Sa noon-8PM. Microbrewery with a good selection of beers always on tap plus seasonal specialties. They also serve handcrafted ginger ale and root beer. Occasionally there is live music.
  • Dillon Tap House, 24 E Center St, +1 406 683-9463. Tu W 5-10PM, Th-Sa 5PM-midnight. Rotating craft beer and wine. Bar games, yard games, and occasional live music.
  • Hotel Metlen and Bar, 5 S Railroad Ave, +1 406 683-2335. Th-Sa 7PM-2AM. A gorgeous bar in the historic Metlen Hotel, built in 1897. Free pool on Thursday, dancing and karaoke on Friday and Saturday.
  • 2 Mac's Last Cast, 26 S Montana St, +1 406 683-2444. M-F 11AM-11:30PM, Sa Su 10AM-11:30, may close earlier if no customers. Sports bar with full menu. Also a liquor store. Downstairs has Blacktail, a high-end steakhouse with seafood that is open evenings.
  • 3 The Moose, 6 N Montana, +1 406 683-2649. Looks questionable from outside but a great small town bar.
  • Susie's, 75 Swenson Way (in the Y lobby), +1 530-927-9142, . M-F 6AM-1PM, 4:30-6PM; Sa 9AM-1PM. Smoothie and juice bar.

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Dillon has a Best Western, Motel 6, Quality Inn, and Super 8.

  • Andrus Hotel, 33 S Idaho St, +1 406 925-5024. Check-in: 3PM, check-out: 11AM. Luxury hotel in historic hotel. Rooftop terrace, fully equipped kitchen, pets welcome.
  • Ruby Creek Campground, 1005 Selway Dr, +1 406 683-8000. Water on site. Boat ramp to Madison River.
  • 1 Southside RV Park, 104 E Poindexter St, +1 406 683-2244. Good Sam Park. Full service sites, showers, laundry, free internet. No tents.

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Routes through Dillon
HelenaButte  N   S  DuboisIdaho Falls
END  SW   NE  → Jct   EEnds at W   E

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