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Dillon Montana Fly-in -- CANCELLED


July 16th to 19th, 2020

with Bart and Mary Jones

Flying distance from Colorado about 600 NM. 

From the Visit Dillon Montana website at

Dillon, Montana has served as a hub for activity in the extreme southwest of Southwestern Montana for at least two centuries. In 1805, the Lewis and Clark Expedition met a band of Shoshone from whom they purchased horses to cross the continental divide. They cached their supplies at Camp Fortunate, just outside of Dillon. As early as 1869 settlers had brought sheep into the area around Dillon , establishing the region as an agricultural center. In 1881 the Utah and Northern Railroad reached Dillon, and Dillon became the point of distribution for supplies from Utah into the gold fields of Montana.

Today, Dillon's reputation as a hub for activity lives on. Several major highways, including Interstate 15, meet in Dillon, making the town a logical epicenter for visitors' explorations of Southwest Montana. In addition, the Beaverhead, Big Hole, and Ruby Rivers all drain into the sweeping valley around Dillon. These destination trout streams alone make the trip to Dillon worthwhile. The adventurous can also travel to the nearby Crystal Park for a day of rockhounding-searching for crystal quartz-in this unique recreation area.


  • Arrive noon – go for lunch and check in to motel. 
  • On to Beaverhead Museum, one of finest in MT for historical coverage of Montana’s turbulent past.  Outside, early-day mining equipment, settler’s cabin, 1st outdoor biffy with flush toilet, fully equipped sheep wagon, Argenta school and more.  Inside thousands of items from eras past. 
  • Next drive to the explorers Lewis and Clark’s Lookout State Park, a site used to look over Beaverhead valley as they explored. From there we go to a hidden area where there is a buffalo jump long unknown even to residents.
  • Dinner in Dillon to end the day.
  • Breakfast and then drive to Bannack State Park.
  • It was first territorial capitol, first hotel, first jail, first hard rock mine, first electric gold dredge, first commercial sawmill.  Living museum with guided tours, hikes and exploring you can do on your own, hangman’s gulch where vigilantes took law into own hands.
  • Drive on to Elkhorn –old and rustic hot springs resort, and place for our lunch.  After lunch drive to ghost town of Coolidge.  Explore last silver boomtown in MT.  Railroad built to town, but silver not high enough grade to justify railroad or huge mill built.  Old log cabins, mill works, gold bearing ore left by mill to see.
  • Dinner in Wise River – Center for rich fishing and hunting that the area provides. 
  • Breakfast in Dillon
  • Drive to Butte to tour Living History Gold Mining Museum, and then stop for lunch.  
  • Next visit the underground red-light district.  Stop afterwards at the infamous lake in Butte, filled with pollution from mines so poisonous it kills birds that may land there.  If time take a tour of historical homes in Butte.
  • Dinner in Butte before returning to Dillon.


  • Fish the famous blue-ribbon Big Hole River with a river guide for the day.
  • Dinner on your own. 
  • Anderson & Platt Outfitters 406-683-2692
    • ½ day $495.  Full day l angler $545.  Full day 2 anglers $595.  Full day includes lunch.
  • Breakfast in Dillon, and then home 

Thursday, July 16, 2020 to Sunday, July 19, 2020
Dillion Airport
DILLON, MT  59725

Bart Jones
719-488-0653 (p)
CPA Fly-in Sponsored
Registration is not Required