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Elkhorn State Park

See the remnants of this 19th century mining town preserved as examples of frontier architecture.

Alerts & Closures

 Stage II Fire Restrictions for Jefferson County in the Helena Fire Restriction Area.

The following acts are prohibited until further notice:

  1.  Building, maintaining, attending, or using a fire or campfire.
  2. Smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site or while stopped in an area at least three feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable materials.

The following acts are prohibited from 1:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m.:

  1. Operating any internal combustion engine.
  2. Welding, or operating acetylene or other torch with open flame.
  3. Using an explosive. (A patrol is required for two hours following cessation of all activities as identified in #3 above.)
  4. Operating motorized vehicles off designated roads and trails.

Exemptions to the fire restrictions:

  1. Persons with a written permit that specifically authorizes the otherwise prohibited act.
  2. Persons using a device fueled solely by liquid petroleum or LPG fuels that can be turned on and off.
  3. Operating motorized vehicles on designated roads and trails.
  4. Emergency repair of public utilities and railroads as per attached conditions.
  5. Persons conducting activities in those designated areas where the activity is specifically authorized by written posted notice.
  6. Any Federal, State, or local officer, or member of an organized rescue or firefighting force in the performance of an official duty.
  7. All land within a city boundary is exempted.

About the Park

Backcountry roads settle you into a 19th century mining landscape before you reach historic Fraternity Hall and Gillian Hall nestled within the privately owned town of Elkhorn. Bring your camera to record these two picturesque structures from the early-day silver-mining ghost town, preserved as outstanding examples of frontier architecture. Each has been recorded in the Historic American Buildings Survey.


  • Bicycling
  • Heritage
  • Hiking
  • History
  • Photography
  • Wildlife Viewing


Some amenities are seasonal. Check with the park for availability.

  1. Pack-in/Pack-out

Seasons & Hours

Hours listed below are normal operating hours and may not apply when there is a special restriction or closure. Check Alerts and Closures in the tab below.


Open all year

Park Rules


Contact the park manager for open volunteer positions at Elkhorn State Park.

For complete position descriptions, application forms, and details about Montana State Parks volunteer programs, visit the Volunteers page.


Montana Residents

  • Day use entrance is free*



  • Day use entrance fee with a vehicle: $8
  • Day use entrance fee as a walk-in, bicycle or bus passenger: $4
  • With a Nonresident Entrance Pass: Free


* Montana residents who pay the $9 state parks fee with their annual vehicle registration have no daily entrance fees to state parks. For residents who don't include this in their vehicle registration, non-resident day use fees apply.

Contact Information

Mailing Address:
Elkhorn State Park
c/o Helena Area Resource Office
PO Box 200701
Helena, MT 59620

Phone: (406) 495-3270

Elkhorn State Park


812 Elkhorn St.
Elkhorn, MT
(46.27514 / -111.94619)

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Meet The Park Manager

Craig Putchat

Craig Putchat grew up in southeastern Pennsylvania, and graduated from Northland College in Ashland, Wisconsin with a degree in Outdoor Education and Outdoor Writing. Since college Craig has done many things, most notably, for 15 years before joining Montana State Parks, he owned and operated a sport shop, rental lodge, and charter fishing business on Lake Superior. Craig said, “I am excited to use my experience in dealing with the public to give visitors to the parks I manage a great visit, and leave them wanting to come back for more.“

Mailing Address:
Helena Area Resource Office (HARO)
PO Box 200701
Helena, MT 59620

May 15 - Labor Day
Park Office, 406-458-3221
Labor Day - May 15
Helena Area Resource Office, 406-495-3270

Photo of Park Manager, Craig Putchat