Send words of support for the trails!

The Beaverhead Trails Coalition has been recommended for another $50,000 grant from the Montana Fish & Wildlife Conservation Trust for Phase III, the final phase of our High Trails land acquisition project. This is the funding that has been crucial to purchasing the nearly 800 acres of land from the "M" to the "B" that we have now turned into public land.  This final phase will add an additional 327 acres to the west side of the High Trails area, bringing us ever closer to the public land to the north and west.

We need letters from local citizens, so the committee can judge the community support of this project. This could be a letter from you or a friend or family member, or anyone interested in the project.. They want to hear from the community that we have support in this project. The deadline for these letters is June 25, 2018.

Here is how to proceed:

1) Please compose all letters and emails to: 

Bill Orsello, Chair

Citizen's Advisory Board

Montana Fish  and Wildlife Conservation Trust


2) Then send by email to: 

Deb Lane - 


to the Trust -


3) Also, CC to:    (for our records)


Please spread the word! 

Thank you for your help!



dillon Town Overlook Land acquisition

Project update! We received $50,000 grant from Montana Fish and Wildlife Conservation Trust for Phase III land! Click here for pictures and details. Read below for full project story: 

In August 2014 Beaverhead Trails Coalition signed an agreement to begin our largest project to date, The Dillon High Trails Area.  Over the course of six years BTC will work towards acquiring over 1100 acres and many miles of trails available to all whom wish to hike, mountain bike, and horseback ride within minutes of Dillon.  This land and trail system are adjacent to the already existing Dillon Town Overlook Trail immediately west of town and will further the resources our community has for years to come.

The land acquisition is occurring in three phases.  Phases I and II, an area of 781 acres, were recently purchased with private donations and the generous support of the Montana Fish & Wildlife Conservation Trust.  This means that the land from the 'M' to nearby the 'B' will all be maintained for the public forever. Once we have acquired the land and set up a finished trail system, we will turn the land over to Beaverhead County, who will then take over ownership, with an agreement regarding conservation, public ownership, and permanent public access.

 Looking westward towards the sunset over the Dillon High Trails. Dillon, MT.

Looking westward towards the sunset over the Dillon High Trails. Dillon, MT.

We plan to complete the purchase with the acquisition of Phase III, the remaining 327 acres, by our agreement deadline of August 2019. These lands will further the trail network allowing users greater opportunities for recreation close to Dillon and an additional trailhead with access to lesser sloping trails great for horseback and bike riding. 

BTC needs your support to help fund the third phase of this project and to open these lands for public access.  This endeavor will only be possible with support from people like yourself.  Please help us reach our fundraising goal of $180,000 to complete the third land acquisition and opportunity for public access.

We welcome you to visit the Dillon Town Overlook and all of the lands purchased in Phases I & II. To be clear, we must reiterate that there is NO public access to the lands in Phase III as currently the land is still privately owned. Once BTC acquires each parcel the public will certainly be welcome to visit and enjoy these hills.

Notable Community Support:

 Two hikers enjoying a fall day on the Dillon High Trails overlooking Dillon, MT.

Two hikers enjoying a fall day on the Dillon High Trails overlooking Dillon, MT.

The Wheat Family provided an easement for a segment of the trail to pass through their land to reach the ridge. 

The United Way of Beaverhead County has provided $2,000 for the project. Among other things these funds were used for the construction and installation of the trailhead sign.

2014 University of Montana Western Student Work Day-Over 30 students with 10 community leaders provided 150 volunteer hours maintaining trail, re-vegetating areas with native seeds, and building fence.

Beaverhead County provided labor and materials to build the trailhead parking lot.

The Erb family donated 5 acres of riverfront property to the BTC for this project. 

The Dillon BLM and the Department of Agriculture donated and installed a Noxious Weed Sign and boot brush at the trailhead. 


BTC Phase II Acquisition as Described by the Montana Standard

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