Garnet Back Country Byway

Department of Transportation.

If you are looking for year-round outdoor adventures, you’ve come to the right byway. The Garnet Back Country byway lies in the midst of the mountainous wilderness punctuated by the Garnet ghost town. Although gold miners weren’t successful here, you’ll find golden opportunities aplenty. Picnic, cross-country ski, snowshoe, horseback ride, hike, snowmobile, camp, and stop by the ghost town visitor center to take advantage of all this scenic byway has to offer.


Getting to the Byway:

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.

Navigating the Byway:

The byway begins 30 miles east of Missoula where the Garnet Range Road leaves MT Highway 200. From there the route follows the Garnet Range Road southwest past the Coloma and Garnet ghost towns. The route ends at its junction with another BLM service road at Elk Creek.

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