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Butte doesn't just have history, it makes history. This is the town that turned itself into The Richest Hill on Earth, dug a pit so big you can see it from space, and spawned a hero the day native son Bobby Knievel changed his name to
Evel. But with neighbors like rough-riding Bannack, adventure-minded Dillon, and the whole of the storied Pintler Scenic Loop, what were you expecting?
If you're the frugal outdoorsy type, Dillon's your town. Here, Patagonia Outlet offers rock-bottom outdoor couture, and dinner comes courtesy of La Fiesta Mexicana's converted school bus. There's trails galore in the
Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest, fish topping 20 inches in the Beaverhead River, and quartz crystals strewn across
Crystal Park. You can even get your history al fresco here, wandering the ghostly streets of double-crossed, Wild West
Bannack State Park.
Gravy-soaked meat pasties, scandal-laden brothels, rip-snortin' ghost towns and breathtaking (literally) hikes, clearly, this is no trip for the faint of heart. Which is exactly why you're going.