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Quick Facts
Designation: BLM Back Country Byway
Fees: Rental cabins are the only fee facilities.
Length, One-Way: 12 Miles (20.0 Kilometers)
Time: Allow 45 minutes.

General Information

Description - The Garnet Byway provides a 12-mile journey through the Garnet Mountain Range in western Montana. Garnet Ghost Town is a major point of interest along the Byway. The Byway begins 30 miles east of Missoula where the Garnet Range Road leaves State Highway 200. As the Byway climbs 2,000 feet into the evergreen forest of the Garnet Mountains, outstanding panoramas of the Blackfoot River Valley, the Swan Range, the Mission Mountains, and the Bob Marshall Wilderness come into view. The forests and streams in the area offer many of the recreational opportunities that are synonymous with western Montana such as fishing, hunting, camping, prospecting, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, hiking, and horseback riding. The route is marked and groomed for snowmobiles by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) from January 1 to April 30.

Attractions - The Garnet Back Country Byway is known for it's Historical, Natural, Recreational and Scenic Attractions.

Location -

Directions from : Garnet Range Road is accessible from Highway 200 east of Missoula. The route ends at its junction with another BLM service road at Elk Creek.

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Additional Information:
Montana Scenic Byways - The byways listed here for Montana include four National Forest byways and three Bureau of Land Management (BLM) backcountry byways. Several of these byways are not paved and inaccessible during adverse driving conditions.

Scenic Byways Homepage - National Scenic Byways official web site with detailed info on all national and state byways.


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