You Can Spend The Night At These 4 Spooky Ghost Towns In Montana
This summer was a tough one for the Montanans who love the great outdoors (meaning all of us). But the wildfires are being extinguished, and we’ve still got a little time left in camping season. Since fall and Halloween are fast approaching, we thought we’d highlight a few of our ghost towns with onsite campgrounds.
We’re not saying you’ll see a spirit if you camp here, but we’re not claiming that you won’t, either.
1. Bannack State Park
According to many a camper, the campground at Bannack State Park, which is located in Beaverhead County near Dillon, is only haunted by mosquitos. That being said, it's pretty amazing to camp near some of Montana's best-preserved old buildings... and paranormal activity has definitely been reported here in the past.
2. Garnet Ghost Town
Located near Drummon about 11 miles off the highway, Garnet Ghost Town has two primitive cabins you can rent from December 1 to April 30. They are heated by wood stoves, lit by propane, and there is no electricity or plumbing. You're also allowed to camp for up to 14 days on the nearby public land, although no camping is allowed within 1/2 mile of Garnet.
3. Virginia City
Bannack is Montana's most famous ghost town, and Garnet is our best-preserved ghost town... but Virginia City is definitely our most fun "deserted" city. This thriving tourist destination has a nearby campground and RV park to enjoy, which you can retreat to after going on the Virginia City Ghost Walk.
Elkhorn State Park contains the remnants of a mining camp from the 19th century. While there's no camping allowed in the park itself, there are plenty of places to park an RV or pitch a tent nearby if you'd like to feel like you're still on the old frontier.
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