A popular activity for Montana tourists and residents alike is visiting our ghost towns. Garnet is a well-preserved town that is still used to some extent. There is a cabin that cross-country skiers can rent. During the summer months the visitor center is staffed, but the town is open and accessible all year around.
To reach Garnet, drive six miles east on I-90 out of Missoula and take the Highway 200 exit at Bonner (Exit 109), then continue on Hwy 200 for 22 miles until you reach the "Garnet Range Road" turn. Continue another ten miles on the gravel road and park in the designated parking area. There is an alternate road that comes in from the south, which you can access at the I-90 exit at Bearmouth, but this is forty miles from Missoula and the road is much much harder to travel, and impossible for any kind of camper or RV. It isn't even open much of the year.
My hubby and I have visited Garnet a number of times and we have quite a few photos. (That's him on the overlook photo above.) I will just put up one overview picture of the town, plus one of the GHOST!
|Click on the Ghost town overview to open larger view|
|Who is that in the window? The ghost of a miner?|