Help us secure funding to acquire the last piece of the High Trails Project!

Beaverhead Trails Coalition has applied for a final grant with the Montana Fish & Wildlife Conservation Trust to help purchase the last 127 acres of the hills surrounding the “M” for a public park.  We’ve now purchased 981 acres and this final acreage is the last phase of our buy/sell agreement.  This new purchase will add additional acreage to the west, eventually with a new and easier trailhead.  The cost is $70,000.

We presented our grant application in Helena in May and now there is a comment period, open only until June 10th, for people to write in support of our project.  Please take a minute to email a quick comment and help us secure this needed grant.

Please send an email to Deb Lane, Coordinator at

You can copy us at

We also need your support for the High Trails System in another way.  

While we are extremely grateful for the $20,000 for which we have been recommended, we were hoping for twice that much toward the $70,000 cost.  The competition was tough.  So we’re hoping that people will step up and help out by joining our Sponsor an Acre Program. The cost to sponsor an acre is $550, our purchase price.  It’s a bargain.  A lifetime of walking, running, hiking and bicycling for $550. You can even choose a specific acre to sponsor, from those available.  Split the cost with a friend, if you’d like.  See our web site at for more information.  Be one of the first 100 to help buy these hills and return them to the public domain.  

Remember….the deadline for comments is June 10th.  Every comment helps, so please take the time to support additional acreage for Dillon’s newest public park.  And the Buy/Sell Agreement is due to expire in August, so please consider sponsoring an acre, so we can finalize the purchase of this last piece of land.

Our Sincere Thanks!  Support your trails! 

High Trails Reviews

“Walk on a rainbow trail; walk on a trail of song, and all about you will be beauty. There is a way out of every dark mist, over a rainbow trail.” Robert Motherwell

Nothing warms our heart better than going over the reviews from hikers on our trails!!! Thank you to everybody that took the time to sign in, it is important for us to have an accurate count of trail usage for grants and management needs.

Here are a few of the best from 2018 among all the thank you notes and the drawings of hearts and smileys:

“Wonderful Hike” “Beautiful” ““Big Sky”” “Cool Beans!” “I love this place” “Gonna be back!” “First time use, will be back” “Awesome!!!!” “Great view in morning!” “Once again, favorite daily hike” “Wowwww!!” “Good Job, Thanks BTC” “Hiked to B, nice trail, glad there is a bench” “Pumped!!!” Love these trails!” “Virescit vulnere virtus (Courage grows strong at a wound)” “Thanks for all that you do!” Love the variety of trails options” “Is this heaven?” “cooooool!” “#1!!!!”

Thank you also for reporting wildlife/issues/comments or anything else you’ve experienced on the trails!! You are our eyes and ears!!!


Picture from Cory Birkenbuel - Thanks buddy!!!

Great 6th Edition Of Winter Family Day

We had so much fun at the Elkhorn USFS cabin last February 23rd with our Forest Services Friends!!!!

About 25 participants joined us for some snowshoeing/skiing hikes with naturalist guides, then warmed up by the cabin’s fireplace with hot beverages and fun indoor activities!

A few ended the day soaking in the Elkhorn Hotspring.

Thank you for all the participants, volunteers and Elkhorn Hotspring for reducing the entry fee for the event!

BTC receives the Union Pacific Award!

BTC board member Ed Mooney and Executive Director Celine Beaucamp-Stout met with M. Nathan Anderson from Union Pacific to receive the $5,000 award in person and show M. Anderson the project location. The grant will go toward the construction of the Noble Avenue Connector Trail.

The Noble Avenue Connector Trail will be built in 3 sections: the northern and southern portions will be dirt trails around running water and re-vegetated pocket parks; the middle portion where easement is not wide enough for a separate trail, will be built as a road-side lane by the City of Dillon. The expected completion date is 2020. The goal is to connect the Laknar Lane Trail on the north side of Highway 41 to the downtown trails and the safe-routes-to-school system.

Visit our page to learn more about this exciting project.

Thank you Union Pacific for your support to our community!