A Short Introduction to the Site
Coloma, MT is known as the "Mystery Camp" and is a ghost town located a few miles north of the better known Garnet Ghost Town on the Garnet Back Country Byway. Very little is known about the Coloma settlement other than records indicate it began in 1893 and experienced high gold mining activity starting in 1896. Archaeological studies of the site have been conducted by students from University of Montana. There are still mining shafts, ventilation systems, pumping machines and remains of narrow-gauge railroad tracks present at the site.
The Garnet Back Country Byway offers a 12 mile circular route on Garnet Range Road through old mining campsites, including Reynolds City, Springtown, Beartown and Garnet.
Additional Point of Interest
Garnet Ghost Town one of Montana's most intact ghost towns offers year-round recreational opportunities. Winter access is by ski/snowshoes and snowmobile. Historic cabins are available to rent year-round.
Open MonthsOpen year-round, however access is limited in the winter. Wheeled vehicles are allowed on the road from May 1 - January 1, depending on snow conditions.
Driving Directions from Nearest Town or Landmark
From Missoula, MT (36.0 miles)
Drive about 9 miles east on Interstate 90, take MT-200 E to Garnet Range Rd 30 min (28.6 mi) and follow Garnet Range Rd to your destination
18 min (7.3 mi) Coloma, MT
From Garnet Ghost Town, MT (4.2 miles)
Head north toward Centennial Rd 33 ft, Slight left onto Centennial Rd 0.4 mi, Turn left onto Garnet Range Rd 3.5 mi, and Turn right 0.3 mi to Coloma, MT