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Welcome to the Beartooth Recreational Trails Association


The Beartooth Recreational Trails Association (BRTA) was organized in 2002 to:

1) continue operations of the Red Lodge Nordic Center (RLNC);

2) promote non-motorized trails in Red Lodge and along the Beartooth Front.

We work  with the Forest Service, the City of Red Lodge, Carbon County, private land owners and other organizations to create and maintain trails. We have attracted many supporters and are an official 501(c)3 non-profit.  We rely on your donations, and they are tax deductible.

Attend one of our FUNdraising events and support BRTA to keep Nordic skiing, snowshoeing, hiking,  biking, and horseback riding priorities in our community!

Check out our EVENTS page to see what we have scheduled and what related organizations are doing.


Click here to sign up for Pathways, our electronic >  newsletter  < .

Pathways has updates about our events, fundraisers, trail conditions, volunteer opportunities, projects and other related interesting stuff!

Attend a monthly BRTA Board meeting, held on second Wednesdays, 6:30 pm, at the RLACF building across the street from the post office (13th & Hauser  Ave).


The Latest News via Facebook

We’re sure looking forward to winter, especially with the BRTA Gear Swap coming up! But did you know about the Community Bike Program?

BRTA keeps people moving on bikes, provides places to park bikes and partners with Beartooth Billings Clinic Trauma Services for bike safety. 55 refurbished bikes have been distributed free of charge to children and adults; 10 bikes have been provided to the Boys & Girls Club for their distribution; helmets, courtesy of the BBC Trauma Services have been distributed to many of the bike recipients; 47 bike racks have been installed around town thtough a grant received from the Montana Department of Transportation.

How does this happen?
1. Your support! BRTA dedicated $1,000 in its 2017 budget to the community bike program.
2. Grants: O.P. Edwards Foundation, Kids Corner, Red Lodge Area Community Foundation
3. Individual donations directly to the program
4. Local partnerships – The Spoke Wrench, Beartooth Billings Clinic Trauma Services and the Red Lodge Police Department.
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October 19th  ·  

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Meet George Man, Community Foundation AmeriCorps VISTA, from San Francisco. George received a sleek bicycle to get around Red Lodge refurbished by Andy Baranovic at the Spoke Wrench through the BRTA Community Bicycle Program. George is here for a year working on age-friendly community issues. ... See MoreSee Less

October 18th  ·  

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Nordic Ski Gear for your kiddos available at the BRTA Gear SWAP November 11! Each year BRTA rents Cross Country skis to kids for the entire ski season. This program allows kids to participate in cross-country skiing for at a very reasonable cost. Skis, poles and boots can be rented for $35 (plus a $20 deposit.) Rentals start at 10:00 AM on the day of the ski swap (11/11/2017) and can be accessed through the back door of the Civic Center. ... See MoreSee Less

October 4th  ·  

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George Wuerthner talk coming this Wednesday, Oct. 4, 6:30, at the RL Senior Center Free, BYOB

FROM George: "My talk will focus on the history of the wilderness movement in the US, and the eventual creation of the national WIlderness System. Then I will go into threats to Wilderness including physical threats like oil and gas development,etc. But also intellectual threats that argue there is no such thing as wildlands. I will end talking about how Wilderness and Parks work to protect values like biodiversity, etc."
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October 3rd  ·  

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The BRTA operates the Nordic Center and West Fork Road with an annual budget of $10,000. These dollars come from fundraisers such as the annual up and coming Gear Swap! Help support the BRTA and the efforts of the past, present and future!

Photo: Grant, Glenn, Mary Ellen ~ the first three operators of the Nordic Center: Glenn Schnell started it all in 1984; Mary Ellen and Doyle Mangus took over in the 90's; BRTA took it on beginning in 2002.
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September 30th  ·  

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