Garnet Ghost Town
To get to Garnet Ghost Town from the west, take I-90 east to Exit 109, the Bonner Exit. Continue on Highway 200 east for 23 miles. Shortly after the 22 mile marker turn south at the sign Garnet Ghost Town. The parking lot is 11 miles up the gravel road.
Garnet is a historic mining ghost town located in west central Montana and sits at an elevation of about 6,000 feet at the head of First Chance Creek. It was named after the brown garnet rock which was used as an abrasive and a semi-precious stone found in the area. The town dates back to 1895 and is managed by the Bureau of Land Management and the Garnet Preservation Association, a non-profit citizens group. More than 30 buildings have been preserved. Visitors to the ghost town will find a Visitor Center, interpretive signs and self-guided trails, as well as books, cards and other memorabilia.
Lee Metcalf National Wildlife Refuge
The Lee Metcalf National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1963 to provide habitat for migratory birds and it is located along the meandering Bitterroot River. The Refuge offers spectacular viewing opportunities of both landscape and wildlife.
National Bison Range
Established in 1908, the National Bison Range is one of the oldest national wildlife refuges in the nation. The refuge was established to support a population of American bison and is home to about 350-500 of these animals. It offers wonderful opportunities for wildlife viewing and photography of other large animals as well such as elk, white-tail and mule deer, pronghorn antelope, bighorn sheep and black bear. There is also a visitor center that provides interpretive displays and orientation videos as well as a bookstore. The National Bison Range is located in the Mission Valley just north of Missoula.