Recreation Opportunities Around Garnet Ghost Town

Whether you just want to catch a view from your car window, put some miles on your four wheeler, or walk into Wilderness study area, there exists a wealth of Recreation opportunities around the Garnet Ghost Town. The following is a list of a few specific recreation opportunities and some avenues for obtaining more information.

Camping

Although there are no publicly owned campgrounds in this part of the Garnet Range you are allowed to camp for up to 14 days on “Public Land” (unless otherwise designated). No camping is allowed within ½ mile of Garnet. You can obtain a map of the location of Public Land around Garnet Ghost Town for $4 from the BLM, Missoula Field Office (address at bottom of page).

Fishing

Elk Creek, just two miles from north-east of Garnet Ghost Town contains populations of Brook, Cut-throat, and Rainbow Trout. Near by, Elk Creek empties into the Blackfoot River, popularized for its excellent fishing in the book “A River Runs Through It”. It can obtain more information on Montana fishing rules and regulations at Fish, Wildlife and Parks.

Hiking

Just ten miles from Garnet Ghost Town the 11,580 acre Wales Creek Wilderness Study Area (WSA) is an excellent place to hike. This area is characterized by rather steep timbered drainages ranging in elevation from 4,680 to nearly 7,000 feet. You can obtain more information regarding the Wales Creek WSA from the BLM, Missoula field Office (address at bottom of page).

Hunting

The Garnet Range is home to several species of game including: Elk, Moose, Black Bear, Mountain Lion, Mule Deer and Grouse. You can obtain more information on Montana hunting rules and regulations at Fish, Wildlife and Parks.

Mountain Biking

The BLM has designated over 30 miles of back country roads and trails for mountain bike use in the Garnet Range. These seldom traveled roads and trails wind through timbered slopes and climb to elevations of 7,000 feet. You can obtain the Garnet Mountain Bike Trail Map from the BLM, Missoula Field Office (address at bottom of page).

Off Highway Vehicle (OHV) Riding

The BLM ha designated over 30 miles of back country roads and trails for OHV use in the Garnet Range. You can obtain the Garnet OHV Trails Guide from the BLM, Missoula Field Office (address at bottom of page).

Snowmobiling/Cross Country Ski

The BLM has developed over 110 miles of trails for snowmobilers and cross-country skiers in the Garnet Range. The trails offer a variety of riding conditions, climb to 7,000 feet and offer spectacular views. Trail conditions vary greatly in the Garnet area. Some trails are never groomed either because of continual drifting or provide more of a challenge for experienced riders. Most trails however, are regularly groomed. You can obtain a Garnet winter recreation Trails map from the BLM, Missoula Field Office (address at bottom of page).

Bureau of Land Management
3255 Ft Missoula Road
Missoula, Montana 59804
Phone: 406-329-3914
Email:
BLM_MT_Missoula_FO@blm.gov