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Garnet Ghost Town

Buildings in Garnet ghost town
Reflection in a window
One thousand people called Garnet home in the 1890s as they scoured the mountains for gold. Largely abandoned 20 years later when the gold ran out, today the town is well-preserved and offers a glimpse into the struggles of those early miners and homesteaders. The visitor center, open daily from June through September, has information about 19th century life here. Two rental cabins are available December through April; arrangements need to be made in advance.

Exploring a ghost town, picnicking.

Facilities: Visitor center, restrooms, drinking water.

Location/Access: From State Highway 200, about 30 miles east of Missoula, turn south between mile markers 22 and 23. From Interstate 90, take either the Drummond or Bearmouth exit and follow old U.S. 10 to the Bear Gulch Road. Follow signs up Bear Gulch for 11 miles to Garnet. This route is steep, narrow and rough. It is not recommended for trailers or RVs. Winter access from either direction is only by snowmobile, snow shoes, or cross-country skis.

Fees: $3 per person, free for those less than 16 years old.

Season/Hours: Visitor Center is open daily from late May through September from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm and on limited hours on winter weekends.

Maps: BLM Missoula East

Missoula Field Office
3255 Fort Missoula Road
Missoula, MT 59801
(406) 329-3914

Last updated: 02-21-2013