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Drinking Horse Trail temporarily closes during construction

Posted at 6:47 PM, Jul 08, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-08 20:47:56-04

BOZEMAN, Mont. – Construction has been ongoing since March on the new trail that will allow people to get to the M trail and Drinking Horse Mountain in Bozeman by foot or bike. 

The city has closed one of its most popular trails as of Monday, July 8.

From now until July 23, the Drinking Horse trail and parking lot are closed as crews are working to install a box culvert — better known as a tunnel — that will connect bikes and pedestrians between the trail to the M and the Drinking Horse parking lot.

“A lot of times you’ve seen the parking lot at the M trail gets really congested, and this will make it safer to park at the Drinking Horse lot, which is larger,” said Addi Jadin, City of Bozeman parks planning and development manager.

Construction is also continuing on the path that will connect the city to these trails, which will also limit the number of cars in the parking lots.

“We’re hoping that people will opt to get that extra exercise by biking out there and with this trail that now is separated from the highway, it’ll be a safe bike ride,” Jadin said.

The City of Bozeman understands that the Drinking Horse Trail is a very popular one for many, but they’re encouraging everyone during construction to explore all of the other trails the city has to offer.

“There are wildflowers everywhere around us right now so hopefully you can get out and look elsewhere,” Jadin said.

Construction is expected to be complete by this fall.

You can click here for a full map of all the trails in Bozeman.