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Granite Ghost Town State Park

Bring your camera and your courage to travel the steep, winding road to capture the remnants of this once thriving 1890s silver boomtown.

About the Park

Granite Ghost Town State Park showcases remnants of this once thriving 1890s silver boomtown that bears stark witness to Montana's boom-and-bust mining history. Hector Horton first discovered silver in the general area in 1865. In the autumn of 1872 the Granite mine was discovered by a prospector named Holland. The mine was relocated in 1875. This was the richest silver mine on the earth, and it might never have been discovered if a telegram from the east hadn't been delayed. The miner's backers thought the venture was hopeless and ordered an end to its operation, but since that message was delayed the miners worked on and the last blast on the last shift uncovered a bonanza, which yielded $40,000,000.

In the silver panic of 1893, word came to shut the mine down. The mine was deserted for three years, never again would it reach the population it once had of 3,000 miners.

Today there is no one living in the camp. The state park preserves the Granite Mine Superintendent's house and ruins of the old miners' Union Hall which have been included in the Historic American Buildings Survey.

The road from Philipsburg to Granite gains 1,280 feet in elevation. The road is narrow, steep and winding. Be prepared to pull over for oncoming traffic and enjoy the vistas.

Activities

  • Heritage
  • History
  • Photography
  • Wildlife Viewing

Amenities

Some amenities are seasonal. Check with the park for availability.

  • Pack-in/Pack-out

Seasons & Hours

Hours listed below are normal operating hours and may not apply when there is a special restriction or closure. Check Alerts and Closures in the tab below.


Park

Open Memorial Day* - 9/30
Daylight Hours Only

 

*Snow occasionally blocks the road into late May.

Alerts & Closures

Social distancing is still required per the Governor's statewide directive to reduce spread of COVID-19. Stay safe!

 

High-clearance vehicle necessary to access Granite. This site is not accesible by RV or bus.

Park Rules

Volunteer

Contact the park manager for open volunteer positions at Granite Ghost Town State Park.

For complete position descriptions, application forms, and details about Montana State Parks volunteer programs, visit the Volunteers page.

Fees

Montana Residents

  • Day use entrance is free*

 

Nonresidents

  • Day use entrance fee with a vehicle: $8
  • Day use entrance fee as a walk-in, bicycle or bus passenger: $4
  • With a Nonresident Entrance Pass: Free

 

* Montana residents who pay the $9 state parks fee with their annual vehicle registration have no daily entrance fees to state parks. For residents who don't include this in their vehicle registration, non-resident day use fees apply.

Contact Information

Mailing Address:
Granite Ghost Town State Park
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks
PO Box 489
Whitehall, MT 59759

Phone: (406) 287-3541
Email: tforwood@mt.gov

Recreate Responsibly

Tips to stay safe while getting outdoors

To keep our state parks safe and accessible to all, make sure you know before you go, practice physical distancing, plan ahead, play it safe, explore locally, leave no trace, respect wildlife, and do your part to build an inclusive outdoors. 

Visit the Recreate Responsibly page for more information 

Granite State Park

Address

347 Granite Road
Phillipsburg, MT 59858
Latitude/Longitude:
(46.31689 / -113.24644)

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Meet The Park Manager

Tom Forwood

Tom Forwood manages Lost Creek, Anaconda Smoke Stack and Granite Ghost Town state parks and is also Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park Assistant Manager. Tom started at the Caverns in 1999 as a Tour Guide, worked at Missouri Headwaters State Park as a Park Ranger and has been at the Caverns as Park Ranger since 2003. Tom is well known for his interpretive skills and extensive knowledge of natural resources. He brings extensive experience in overall park operations, visitor services, interpretation, and resource protection.

CONTACT INFO
Mailing Address:
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks
PO Box 489
Whitehall, MT 59759

Phone: 406-287-3541
Email: tforwood@mt.gov

Photo of Park Manager, Tom Forwood