Virginia City, Montana

A Montana Ghost Town

Experience the Old West and visit the old mining town of Virginia City, Montana! Gold was discovered in Alder Gulch in the spring of 1863 bringing with it a stampedeVirginia City Montana of gold seekers. Alder Gulch yielded an estimated $30 million in gold just in the three short years between 1863 and 1866. In 1864, the population of Virginia City was more than 10,000. Today there are less than 140 residents. The well preserved, Old West, ghost town of Virginia City is a vibrant summer destination today

Pan for gold in nearby Nevada City, ride the Alder Gulch Shortline Railroad between Virginia City and Nevada City and view the dredge tailings or take in a show at the Virginia City Players. Visit the Living History Museum or  see a comedy show at the Brewery Follies. Shop the quaint stores that line the Main Street. There is something for everyone in this very much alive Montana Ghost Town.

Virginia City and Nevada City, located one and a half miles apart, welcome visitors daily from 10 am to 6 pm, Memorial Day through Labor Day.

Spend the day exploring the mining towns then return to your cozy room or cabin at the Rainbow Valley Lodge, just 14 miles away in Ennis, Montana!