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Gallatin Valley Land Trust celebrates Longest Day of Trails

By Katherine Mozzone, KTVM Reporter, kmozzone@ktvm.com
Published On: Jun 21 2013 07:24:31 PM MDT
Updated On: Jun 21 2013 09:07:33 PM MDT
BOZEMAN, Mont. -

Bozeman folks are celebrating the city's trail system with the Gallatin Valley Land Trust's Longest Day of Trails.

Folks with GVLT say the annual celebration is two-fold. It's a membership drive for the Trust and a day to create greater awareness about the city's trails.

Experienced riders are leading bike rides all day. Plus, you'll have an opportunity to receive gift certificates for local businesses when you become a GVLT member.

Folks with the group say it's important for folks to understand Bozeman's trail system.

"We get people who have never been on the trail system and it's great to go out with folks who know it. Every year, people come back and say, 'wow, there are all these parts of the trail system I didn't know existed,' and I think that's truly wonderful," says GVLT Executive Director Penelope Pierce.

"People love this community. I think trails are important to this community. I think they're critical to this community and its livability and it's continuing to educate people about what a great system we have and to get them out and enjoy it. If you're not walking, you're on a bike and it's a great way to highlight and showcase the extraordinary system that we have here," explains Pierce.

This year, GVLT is adding almost five miles of trails at Bozeman Deaconess Hospital. Those miles will make Bozeman's Mainstreet to the Mountains Trail almost 67 miles long.