SNOWMOBILING IN GARNET


Image Courtesy Of Montana Office of Tourism
Location & Getting Here:
The ghost town is about 30 miles east of Missoula and can be reached from either MT Hwy 200 or I-90. Nearest airport is Missoula.
More than a century ago, a prosperous gold mining town that boasted a dozen saloons, numerous hotels, brothels, stores, blacksmith shops and homes for more than a thousand residents. Today, thanks to the Garnet Preservation Association and the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, a 116-mile trail system has opened the town to snowmobilers and skiers, providing a link to an important era in the development of the Rocky Mountain West. Enjoy spectacular views of the Blackfoot Valley, the Mission Mountains, the Bob Marshall Wilderness and the Pintler Range. Web: www.garnetghosttown.net

TRAILS

The core of this trail system is the 31.5-mile Garnet National Winter Recrecation Trail, which takes snowmobilers and skiers into the heart of the ghost town and the surrounding area. Secondary trails, including First Chance Gulch, Top O'Deep, Chamberlain Creek, take recreationists to higher elevations.

MILES GROOMED

116 Miles

ELEVATION

4,200' at the trailhead; trails to 7,000'

SERVICES

There are no commercial services in Garnet. Cabin rentals are available (during winter only) through the Garnet Preservation Association. A full range of services, including snowmobile sales, rentals and service, are available in Missoula, 30 miles west on MT Hwy 200 and at Seeley Lake. Food and Lodging are also available in Drummond off I-90 south of Garnet. Winter groups of 10 or more may find lodging at Lubrecht Conference Center next to the MT Hwy 200 trailhead. 406-244-5524.

CONTACTS

  • Missoula Field Office
    Bureau of Land Management
    3255 Fort Missoula Road
    Missoula, MT 59804
    (406) 329-3914
  • Missoula Convention & Visitor Bureau
    1121 E. Broadway
    Ste. 103
    Missoula, MT 59802
    (800) 526-3465
    www.missoulacvb.org
  • Missoula Snowgoers
    PO Box 2441
    Missoula, MT 59806
    www.missoulasnowgoers.org