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Sleep with the Ghosts at Garnet this Winter 

by Marilyn Krause, Western Montana Zone

If you’re looking for a little adventure this winter, try a night or two at Garnet. Two historic cabins in the ghost town are available for rent from December through April. Reservations are on a first come, first served basis.

Located about 40 miles east of Missoula, Garnet is accessible in the winter only via snowmobile, skis, snowshoes or dog sled.  

Cabins come furnished with beds, dishes, gas cook stoves, lanterns, and wood heat stoves.  The Dahl Cabin sleeps up to six for $40/night, and the McDonald Cabin sleeps four for $30/night.

For more information about cabin rentals, stop in at the BLM Missoula Field Office, 3255 Fort Missoula Road in Missoula, or call Lonna Sandau at 406-329-3914. Applications for rental are available at Full payment is required to make a reservation.

More than 100 years ago, Garnet was an active gold-mining town with 1,000 residents, 31 businesses, and 13 saloons.  By the 1920s, the gold had played out and the once prosperous town slowly went into a deep sleep until its last resident passed away. The ghost town is now publicly owned and managed by the BLM.  Proceeds from the cabin rental program are used for the preservation and interpretation of the town. 
Dahl cabin in foreground

The historic Dahl Cabin (on the right) in Garnet is available for rent from December to April. 

interior of Dahl cabin

The interior of the Dahl Cabin.
BLM photo