Ghost Town Route | Montana

Discover Montana's ghost towns and special places en route to Glacier National Park. We suggest a minimum of 3 days to enjoy all activities.

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Garnet Range Back Country Byway | Montana
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Garnet Range Back Country Byway | Montana
Outdoor Adventure | Scenic Drives

The 12-mile-long Garnet Range Back Country Byway climbs 2,000 feet through the scenic Garnet Range to historic Garnet Ghost Town. Thanks to extensive preservation efforts, the 30 buildings in this former gold mining town look much the same as…

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Coloma Ghost Town | Montana
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Coloma Ghost Town | Montana
Historic or Prehistoric Place | Historic Site
Coloma is conveniently located on the Garnet Back Country Byway a few miles north of Garnet Ghost Town. Side Trip Option: If time allows head east on Hwy 200 to the quaint communities of Ovando and Lincoln, Montana before heading north to Glacier National Park on Hwy 83. 1) Ovando has one hundred year old buildings with café, museum, fly shop and inn. Cyclists have been stopping here since 1897. In recent years it has become a favorite stop for cyclists on the Tour Divide Race, Great Divide Trail, Bicycle Rides NW, Cycle Montana, Lewis and Clark Trail, and Park 2 Park tours thanks to partnership with Adventure Cycling. 2) Lincoln is an official gateway community for the Continental Divide Trail and is base camp for the southern portion of the Crown of the Continent. Highlights: Blackfoot Pathways: Sculpture in the Wild, the nation's only sculpture park dedicated to site-specific environmental sculpture, Open Rodeo, Skijoring, Race to the Sky: Iditarod-qualifying race, access to Scapegoat Wilderness, and mounted third-largest grizzly on record in Montana.

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…

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Salmon Lake State Park | Seeley Lake, Montana
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Salmon Lake State Park | Seeley Lake, Montana
Natural Area | State or Provincial Park
Hwy 83 skirts Salmon Lake, so it's great for a quick pull-over or swim.

Salmon Lake is a peaceful lake linked to the Clearwater River and sits between the Mission and Swan Mountain Ranges. Salmon Lake State Park offers a multitude of water recreational activities. 

If you are looking for some decent fishing…

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Placid Lake State Park | Seeley Lake, Montana
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Placid Lake State Park | Seeley Lake, Montana
Natural Area | State or Provincial Park
Placid Lake just a few miles down maintained dirt road off of Hwy 83. Well worth a visit and a great place to explore and camp if you can't pull yourself away from its beauty.

Placid Lake State Park is a favorite of locals and visitors. Located on a tributary of the Clearwater River it is known for its river and lake recreational offerings. Enjoy swimming, fishing, and boating on the calm waters. We guarantee you will…

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Seeley Lake Historical Museum | Seeley Lake, Montana
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Seeley Lake Historical Museum | Seeley Lake, Montana
Museum, Theatre, Interpretive Centre | Museum
Get the scoop on local points of interest and events.

Take a 1920's log barn and combine it with a completely modern hayloft and you have the Seeley Lake Historical Barn/Museum and Visitor's Center. Each of the seven stalls (double size as they were for teams not individual horses) carries the name…

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Seeley Lake, Montana
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Seeley Lake, Montana
Community | Appealing Downtown Area
Seeley Lake is a bustling quaint four season community. Grab a bite to eat, enjoy the lake, area hikes, or link up with a local wilderness outfitter (horses and llamas!). We'd recommend staying the night to enjoy relaxation and adventure in the Seeley Valley.

Seeley Lake is a charming full-service community that sits between the Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex and Mission Mountain Wilderness. The Seeley Valley chain of lakes is connected by the Clearwater River. Enjoy a multitude of outdoor activities…

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Gus - World's Largest Larch Tree | Seeley Lake, Montana
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This 1-mile nature walk will certainly be enjoyed by everyone. Walk among towering ancient larch trees. See how many people it takes to hug the 1,000+ year old Gus. Bonus is Seeley Lake is across the road.

Trees grow big in the water-abundant Seeley-Swan valleys, but the granddaddy of them all is a 1,000-year-old western larch, known locally as Gus. A gentle, mile-long nature trail loops through the Girard Grove near the western shore of Seeley Lake.

There'…

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Pyramid Mountain Lumber Company | Seeley Lake, Montana
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Pyramid Mountain Lumber Company | Seeley Lake, Montana
Action Opportunity | Educational Opportunity
If you want to learn more about this locally owned community sawmill, there's no better way than to visit. Tours are available to the general public to see first-hand how a successful family-owned lumber mill operates.

Timber has been the foundation of the economy for the Seeley Lake area for the past 100 years. Pyramid Lumber Company has been the "anchor store" since 1948.

Pyramid Mountain Lumber is the oldest surviving family owned and operated lumber…

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Holland Lake and Falls | Condon, Montana
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Holland Lake and Falls | Condon, Montana
Natural Area | Lake, River, or Waterfall
Great little 3-mile out and back hike to Holland Falls. This stop could be a 1 hour stop or stretch it out to 3 hours if you'd like to lounge lakeside. Holland Lake Lodge is near trailhead and welcomes the public. Highly recommend relaxing on their lakeside lawn and/or grabbing a bite or libation from their restaurant.

Holland Lake and Falls is a popular destination for locals. Its captivating beauty has been an idyllic setting for relaxation, adventures, and weddings. Easy to access from HWY 83 near Condon, Montana you have day and overnight options. A 3-mile…

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Upper Swan Valley Historical Society Museum | Swan Lake, Montana
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Upper Swan Valley Historical Society Museum | Swan Lake, Montana
Museum, Theatre, Interpretive Centre | Museum

Upper Swan Valley Historical Society Museum celebrates the history of the wild and beautiful Swan Valley. The Swan Valley was one of the last places in the nation to be homesteaded. It was opened for homesteading in 1906 with 200 claims. Check…

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Morley Canoes | Swan Lake, Montana
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Morley Canoes | Swan Lake, Montana
Local Point of Interest | Unique Shopping
Don't miss this stop! It doesn't get more authentic than wooden boats being built by hand. The Morley family is a wealth of information on the history of boat building and the wilderness surrounding their shop.

Morley Canoes is a family labor of love. Greg Morley started skillfully handcrafting wooden vessels in 1972 out of an unassuming log cabin, nestled in the upper Swan Valley. With a background in forestry and outdoor recreation he fell in love…

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Bigfork, Montana
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Bigfork, Montana
Community | Appealing Downtown Area
Hop over to Bigfork for food, culture, shopping and incredible views of Flathead Lake. Swing by Bigfork Anglers to get the scoop on how the rivers and lake are fishing.

Bigfork, Montana is a quaint, vibrant community where the Swan River flows into the north shore of Flathead Lake. Known as Montana's Christmas Village it is actually a year round destination with an impressive line-up of local and globally…

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Crown of the Continent Discovery Center | West Glacier, Montana
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Crown of the Continent Discovery Center | West Glacier, Montana
Local Point of Interest | Unique Shopping
Check out an incredible selection of Montana Made products, interpretive displays and delicious food. Ask them about horseback rides in Glacier National Park or the Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex.

Just 1.5 miles from the west entrance of Glacier National Park, the Crown of the Continent Discovery Center is a must stop for visitors of the area.  Learn about the Crown of the Continent and sustainable geo-tourism by interacting with several…

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Whitewater Rafting on the Flathead River | Montana
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Whitewater Rafting on the Flathead River | Montana
Outdoor Adventure | Whitewater Recreation Area
Flathead Valley is known for its blue crystal clear glacier-fed rivers. While in the area book a half or full day trip with a local outfitter. Whitewater or scenic float with views of Glacier National Park.

The Flathead River is fed by three forks originating in the Canadian Rockies, north of Glacier National Park, and the Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex, in Northwestern Montana. Cool, clean, clear water pulses through the Flathead Valley flowing…

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West Glacier Village, Montana
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West Glacier Village, Montana
Community | Appealing Downtown Area
Check out Freda's West Glacier Bar or Belton Chalet for a bit of West Glacier history.

Change is glacial in this gateway village, where you can enjoy the same general store, saloon, restaurant, and service station that have served park visitors since 1938.

Located at the West Entrance to Glacier National Park, this village…

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Glacier National Park | Montana
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Glacier National Park | Montana
Natural Area | National Park or Protected Area
Welcome to Glacier Country! Glacier National Park is an incredible piece of the country. You will want to spend at least a couple of days here. Drive the iconic Going-to-the-Sun Rd, explore the lush west side or hike miles of breathtaking trail on the east side.

Lace up your boots and explore this backcountry wilderness woven with 700 miles (1,100 kilometers) of hiking trails. While just a few glaciers remain, the park’s majestic landscape is the product of massive ice sheets sculpting ancient sea beds…

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1 Garnet Range Back Country Byway | Montana
2 Coloma Ghost Town | Montana
3 Salmon Lake State Park | Seeley Lake, Montana
4 Placid Lake State Park | Seeley Lake, Montana
5 Seeley Lake Historical Museum | Seeley Lake, Montana
6 Seeley Lake, Montana
7 Gus - World's Largest Larch Tree | Seeley Lake, Montana
8 Pyramid Mountain Lumber Company | Seeley Lake, Montana
9 Holland Lake and Falls | Condon, Montana
10 Upper Swan Valley Historical Society Museum | Swan Lake, Montana
11 Morley Canoes | Swan Lake, Montana
12 Bigfork, Montana
13 Crown of the Continent Discovery Center | West Glacier, Montana
14 Whitewater Rafting on the Flathead River | Montana
15 West Glacier Village, Montana
16 Glacier National Park | Montana