Who We Are
The Northwest Nebraska Trails Association formed in early 2017 when a group of outdoor recreationists saw the need for a local organization to support the development, promotion and maintenance of the region’s outstanding trails resources for non-motorized exploration.
The group wasted no time getting to work, collaborating with Northwest Nebraska Tourism to develop a printed guide highlighting eight trail complexes in the region. Members also began a series of volunteer workdays to assist land management agencies in maintaining and improving select trails in the region, including preparation of single-tracks in the Nebraska National Forest for running and cycling events.
One of the group’s major objectives is completing the section of the Cowboy Recreation and Nature Trail from Chadron to Hay Springs, allowing for an uninterrupted route to Gordon on the smooth grade since abandoned by an historic railroad. Members also envision a trail suitable for all users linking the Heritage Trail at Chadron State College to Chadron State Park, eventually joining premier tourist attractions in Dawes and Sheridan counties for non-motorized travelers. These two projects will not only make outdoor recreation more safe and enjoyable in the region, but will also cater to an under-served demographic of trail users and generate tourism.
The NNTA believes in building camaraderie among its members through not only its advocacy and volunteerism, but also through social events such as group hikes, runs and rides. Hikers, bikers, runners, horseback riders, cross-country skiers, and more – if you love our trails, we want you to join our journey.