Here in the Bozeman, Montana offices, it’s clear that Delaware North employees recognize the importance of access to natural landscapes. The city of Bozeman is a trails mecca, boasting 80+ miles of trails throughout town. And if that’s not enough, it’s nearly impossible to drive in any direction without hitting National Forest access, offering hundreds of miles trails ready to explore. The same goes for our neighboring Yellowstone National Park, in which we work to provide high-quality and equal access opportunities for guests to explore and enjoy the 900 miles of trails the park offers.
But how often do we think about the amount of work that goes into providing these endless miles of trails? Trail maintenance and construction involves countless hours of precise planning and tireless labor, as well as substantial financial investments. Indeed, the upkeep of the trails we often take for granted is no simple or easy task— but your chance to help maintain your local trails is coming up this Saturday, June 4th! Across the country, communities are organizing hundreds of events to get everyone outside and working to ensure trails are ready for heavy usage this summer. You can find an event near you at the American Hiking Society website (nationaltrailsday.americanhiking.org/), or by contacting your local outdoor recreation organizations.
Don’t have time this Saturday to volunteer? Here are some fun facts about the benefits of trail-based recreation for you to share!
- Hiking, trail-running, or mountain biking can lower your risk of heart disease, improve your blood pressure and blood sugar levels, boost bone density, build strength in your hips, lower legs, and core, improve balance, and help control your weight
- Research suggests time in natural landscapes can improve your mood by combating stress, anxiety, and depression
- Spending time in the outdoors can boost creative problem-solving skills and attention span by increasing blood flow to the brain
- Trail-based exercise has much less impact to body joints than pavement-based exercise, making it more beneficial for long-term fitness goals
Delaware North wishes you a Happy National Trails Day! Have fun, be safe, and go hit the trails!