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Garnet Ghost Town, Missoula

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  • This well preserved ghost town is at the end of an 11 mile gravel road off of Hwy 200. The road is in good shape although a little washboardy. The personnel at this town are friendly and helpful. The ...  more »
  • If you have never been to a ghost town like me you are in for a real treat. Bring water bottles and take your time. There is handicap accessible areas on the Main Street. Also be sure to go to Visitor...  more »
  • I was there with a photography class, and thoroughly enjoyed every minute. I wish I could have stayed longer than the 3 hours we were there. This ghost town is full of history and historical objects t...  more »
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  • Great historical location. My ancestors were here in this town back when it was a thriving community! The way they have carefully restored and preserved the structures makes it feel authentic.
  • They had very informed and nice tour volunteers, the antiques and building where well kept, each building had information about it and it's purpose outside, and it wasn't a hard walk. Overall a cool and new experience.
  • What a neat ghost town! It's well preserved, so much so, that you can actually go up stairs in the old hotel and check it out. If I remember correctly, the groundskeeper said everything is original except they do fix the roofs and added a banister for the hotel to make it safe. It's very safe and easy to walk around here and there's minimal vandalism. Lots of old furniture, tools, a saddlery, and more. The groundskeeper is very friendly and knowledgeable and can answer probably any question you lob at him. The road in off Highway 200 was very nice in June. It's 13 miles and well marked. The first 3 miles are paved and the remaining 10 are gravel and dirt. Easy for a 2WD low profile car. It's narrow, so careful coming around the blind corners because you sometimes have to move far over to make room for oncoming traffic. It could be a little too tight for a big RV or trailer. It's a few bucks and you put it in an envelope. It's also covered by your annual National Parks pass, so you can just put that on the dash instead.
  • Although it says on the website that Garnet Ghosttown is open, in fact it is not. My granddaughters and I tried to visit yesterday and found the road from Rt 200 snowed in shy of mile marker 8. We decided to hike in over the snowy road (no easy feat; the snow was deep and melting) and when we got there discovered no one working there, no drinking water, all the main buildings shut up tight still. We met some women who had come in from the other road and their car was stuck in the snow. Still, we had a great time and nice adventure. And we had the place to ourselves. If you are looking for something more civilized (like being able to drive there and get into the buildings), maybe call first to see if it is actually open.
  • We took the kids on an adventure :) to road is finally clear. Took lots of pics ,saw lots of stuff:) kids are free. Adults are 3$ each. Worth every penny!

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