Trail users will now have information for their next outdoor adventure at their fingertips. We’ve partnered with the City of Bozeman to launch the first Main Street to the Mountains digital trail map. Until now, the only official trail map was printed and sold at retailers around town. It was challenging to keep the printed map up to date since new trails are being added quickly as Bozeman grows. Now, residents and visitors alike will be able to explore the most up-to-date map of the 80+ miles of trail in and around Bozeman with the click of a button.
The new map, developed by the City of Bozeman GIS Department, can be accessed from a desktop computer, tablet, or phone. The map user gets to choose from a number of layers which shows trail features such as trail surface, off-leash dog areas, bathrooms, parking areas, playgrounds, climbing boulders, benches, picnic tables and more. The map allows users to track mileage for customized trail routes that can then be saved and shared with friends and family. When using the map on a mobile device, the GPS locate feature allows users to see their location on the map and help navigate through tricky connections.
Home buyers, sellers, and realtors will find the map helpful by selecting areas of town to pull up a populated list of all the parks and trails in the area. Unlike a paper map, the digital map can zoom so users can focus in on areas with extensive trail networks. For those that are less technologically inclined, video tutorials of how to use the map are located on the GVLT website and the trail map site.
“At GVLT, we’re proud of the work we’ve done with the City of Bozeman to expand the trail system. But we know that our work doesn’t stop there. This new digital trail map will make the trails more accessible and easier to navigate for more people in our community”, says GVLT Executive Director Penelope Pierce.
The Main Street to the Mountains trail map is still sold in printed form at retailers around town for $3.