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Celebrate National Trails Day this weekend in Montana

Backpacker hiking along the Beartooth Loop National Recreation Trail by Gardner Lake.
Backpacker hiking along the Beartooth Loop National Recreation Trail by Gardner Lake.
Photo taken by Jill Lippard

This Saturday, June 5th, join other outdoor recreation enthusiasts in celebration of National Trails Day. Established in 1993 by the American Hiking Society, National Trails Day seeks to raise awareness and appreciation for our public trail systems. Events will bring people together across the country for various activities including hikes, educational programs, and trail maintenance projects.

How can you get involved? Several events are scheduled in observance of National Trails Day in Montana. In Red Lodge, the Beartooth Recreational Trails Association and City of Red Lodge joined to sponsor a park clean-up this Saturday from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. Participants will assist with trail and park maintenance at various locations in the Red Lodge area. (For more specific details, please contact Tom Kohley with the BRTA at 406-425-2071). The Gallatin Valley Land Trust will host trail maintenance projects, a community picnic, and workshops at Bogert Park in Bozeman on Saturday from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. The fourth annual Magic City Trail Trek is scheduled to take place in Billings on Sunday, June 6th at 11:00 am. Sponsored by the City of Billings, this event is part of the Go Play Trails campaign to promote healthier lifestyles through use of the city trail system. Meet at the park area near the Public Utilities Office at 2251 Belknap to walk, jog, bike, or rollerblade along the nearby city trail and then gather to enjoy a barbeque afterward. Although the Magic City Trail Trek is not directly associated with National Trails Day, it would be a great way to celebrate trails in Billings this weekend.

In addition to the events planned for National Trails Day, entrance fees to national parks and wildlife refugees around the country are being waived for the weekend of June 5th and 6th. Take advantage of free admission and celebrate National Trails Day by hiking on the amazing trails in our regional national parks – Yellowstone, Grand Teton, and Glacier.