All of Montana has the deepest pride and affection for Virginia City. No more colorful pioneer mining camp ever existed. Dramatic tales of the early days in this vicinity are legion. Rich placer diggings were discovered in Alder Gulch in the spring of 1863 and the stampede of gold seekers and their parasites was on! Sluices soon lined the gulch and various “cities” blossomed forth as trading and amusement centers for free handed miners. Virginia City, the best known of these and the sole survivor, became the Capitol of the Territory.

The very much alive ghost town, Virginia City, Montana, is frozen in time. It is a remarkably well preserved old west Victorian gold mining town just 20 miles west of Yellowstone National Park (90 miles by road). When the gold ran out, there was still enough left so that homes and businesses were occupied, but there was not enough wealth to remodel the buildings. So it froze, and now represents the whole Victorian era. It is the true and original Old West. It is a gem, held within an incredibly rich area of natural beauty, recreation and history.

Come rediscover Virginia City & Nevada City, Montana!

Things To Do


Home to the oldest operational Opera House west of the Mississippi (featuring the Virginia City Players six nights a week), the Brewery Follies, as well as live music and events such as, The Chautauqua-Winter Series, Climbing Mountains in Skirts, Spring Horseback Poker Ride, Summer Kick-Off Parade, Gears for Beers, Step Back in Time, Brothel Days, Irish Weekend, 4th of July Fireworks, Dog & Grog MT Micro-Brew Fest, Bozeman Trail Chuck Wagon Cook Off, Road Agent Rally, Bale Beer Fest, Art Show, High Tea-Grand Victorian Ball and Labor Day Horseback Poker Ride just to name a few. Please check out our EVENTS section for dates, times and details.

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Featuring historic period dress, demonstrating historic skills, and sharing old world techniques. From Virginia City to Nevada City, these demonstrations are a site to see for all ages. Learn about panning for gold, blacksmith work and more! Please see out Calendar of Events for dates, times and details.

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Ride the train from Virginia City to Nevada City, or catch a ride on the Fire Engine Tour of historic Virginia City.  Our town also features several walking and self guided tours. Please visit the Virginia City Chamber Office (111 W. Wallace St.) from 11am-4pm daily for maps and tour suggestions.

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Both Virginia City and Nevada City are full of outdoor recreation from Mountain biking, Fishing, Gold Panning, Hiking, Cross-Country Skiing and Snowmobiling! If none of those suit your fancy enjoy an afternoon walking the board walk while eating ice cream or enjoying your favorite old fashion candy.

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Whether you are looking for a quick slice of pizza or want to sit down for an upscale meal, we’ve got you covered for breakfast, lunch and dinner. And, let’s not forget dessert!

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Take a step back in time and stay at one of our  historic inns, cabins or hotels. If you prefer more rugged lodging, camping is also available.

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Virginia City

The Heart of Vigilante Country!

The Vigilante Trail takes you on a route through Montana with lots of amazing stories about the Old West.  Years ago during the Montana gold rush, outlaws waited around the camps for a chance to steal the treasures found by the hard-working miners. The gold camps had little organized law, so a group calling themselves the Vigilantes took the law into their own hands. Over a short period of time, they had captured and hanged many of the so-called Road Agents who had been attacking, killing and stealing gold form the miners or stagecoach drivers who delivered gold to banks in the cities.

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