BOZEMAN — Located about 10 minutes south of Bozeman and tucked away in the Custer-Gallatin National Forest is Hyalite Canyon.
Known as Bozeman’s playground, Hyalite offers endless recreation opportunities for visitors all year long.
The Friends of Hyalite Fall Clean-up Day was scheduled on National Public Lands Day, but has been rescheduled to Saturday, Oct. 12, due to weather.
If you’re interested in volunteering they’re still looking for volunteers.
“We’re doing our annual fall cleanup up Hyalite, and that involves going around to the campsites and trailheads and picking up trash and all the other places where people go to make sure that everything is clean and tidy,” said Peter Bennett, a board member of the Friends of Hyalite.
The Friends of Hyalite say this cleanup event is critical — especially with the increased traffic the area is seeing.
There are vehicle counters installed along the road in the canyon. In July 2019, Hyalite Canyon saw 27,492 cars. And on Labor Day alone, there were approximately 200 cars driving through the canyon an hour.
The cleanup effort will help preserve the natural area as well as one of Bozeman’s most important resources.
“And one of the important things to is that Hyalite is one of the main water sources for the city of Bozeman. And so we want to make sure that everything is clean and pristine in Hyalite Canyon so that our water stays clean,” said Bennett.
You can join the Friends of Hyalite for the Fall Cleanup on Oct. 12 at 12pm at the Hyalite Day Use area. Gloves, tools and trash bags will be provided for volunteers.
For more information on how to volunteer, visit the Friends of Hyalite’s website: https://www.hyalite.org