Frequently Asked Questions

about Virginia City Montana.

1. When is Virginia City/Nevada City open?

The Short Answer

The 'Season' is from Memorial Day (last Monday in May) until Labor Day (first Monday in September).

The Long Answer

Virginia City is the County Seat of Madison County Montana. It is open all year-round. The tourist businesses follow the season but some local businesses (Pioneer Bar, Rank's Mercantile and Virginia City Cafe) are open all year long. They may use reduced hours or fewer days when they are open.

2. Where is the nearest gas?

The Short Answer

As of 2019, the nearest gas station is across from the Thompson-Hickman Museum on the East side of town. 24 hours a day card swipe only.

The Long Answer

Virginia City - 24 hours a day

Alder - 7am to 7pm - 9 mile West

Ennis - 3 stations open 24 hours - 14.2 miles East

Sheridan - 7am to 7pm - 19.2 miles West

3. What is the schedule for the train?

The Short Answer

The train runs during the 'Season' every hour starting at the Virginia City Depot from 10:00 AM until 5:00 PM. It returns from Nevada City on the half-hour from 10:30 AM until 4:30 PM.

The train does not run during inclement weather!

The Long Answer

The train is stored in the Engine House in Nevada City. The engineer services the engine in the morning and then inspects the tracks up to Virginia City. The last run is at 5:00 PM from Virginia City so the train can be stored back in the engine house.

The train does not run during inclement weather!

Virginia City Nevada City
10:00 AM 10:30 AM
11:00 AM 11:30 AM
12:00 PM 12:30 PM
01:00 PM 01:30 PM
02:00 PM 02:30 PM
03:00 PM 03:30 PM
04:00 PM 04:30 PM
05:00 PM

4. What wildlife can you expect to see?

The Short Answer

In town, you can expect to see cats and dogs. All kinds of birds. Around the bars, in the early hours of the morning there have been reported sightings of elephants... though I personally haven't seen any. Yet.

The Long Answer

This is Montana! And outside of town there are moose, bear, fox, deer, a few people have seen mountain lions and bobcats up the gulch, bald eagles, blue herons, cranes, mink, beaver and water fowl. Some of those who take the Alder Gulch Summit Tour have had the privilege of seeing wildlife during their excursion, particularly bear, moose, and deer.