Garnet Range Back Country Byway | Montana
From Missoula, MT I-90 (36.0 miles)
Drive about 9 miles east on Interstate 90, take MT-200 E to Garnet Range Rd 30 min (28.6 mi) and follow Garnet Range Rd to your destination
18 min (7.3 mi) Coloma, MT
From Montana Route 200
Turn south at the Garnet Range Road located between mile markers 22 and 23, about 30 miles east of Missoula. Follow the Range Road for approximately 11 miles to Garnet where the parking area is located. Follow signs.
Winter travel on the Garnet Range Back Country Byway is limited to over-the-snow travel methods (i.e., no wheeled vehicles) from January 1–April 30. A 32-mile network of trails called the Garnet National Winter Recreation Trail is accessible from Garnet Ghost Town. The trails are open from January 1–April 30 for snowmobiling and cross-country skiing, with warming shelters provided along some of the trails. The visitor center at Garnet Ghost Town is open daily from June–September, and on a limited basis during the rest of the year. Maps and additional information are available from BLM.
Points of Interest and Highlights along the Drive
A visitor center at Garnet Ghost Town is open daily in the summer and on weekends throughout the winter. They are a great source for information on the town's history and area recreational opportunities. Cabin rentals are available year-round in Garnet Ghost Town. Additional warming shelters are provided along the Garnet Winter Trail. This is also an attractive area to visit in the summer months.
Coloma "Mystery Camp" Ghost Town is also accessible from the Garnet Range Road southeast of MT 200 and is located a few miles north of Garnet. Garnet Range Road makes a circular route for 13 miles through old mining campsites, including Reynolds City, Springtown, Beartown and Garnet.
The 12-mile-long Garnet Range Back Country Byway climbs 2,000 feet through the scenic Garnet Range to historic Garnet Ghost Town. Thanks to extensive preservation efforts, the 30 buildings in this former gold mining town look much the same as they did in 1895.
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