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New Trail Enhances Fort Benton Interpretive Center

by Connie Jacobs, Fort Benton and Ann Boucher, Montana State Office

Interpretive signs along the trail

A new interpretive trail in Fort Benton highlights some of the area features.
Photo by Connie Jacobs

A new interpretive trail at the Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument Interpretive Center will add another dimension of interest for visitors.

Completed May 14, the quarter-mile trail meanders through a riparian area, connecting the interpretive center with the riverfront and the rest of Fort Benton’s levee walk trail. Those who take the short walk are likely to see native song birds, waterfowl and raptors among the aspens, cottonwoods and green ash trees. The path also offers a view of the interpretive center’s steamboat and white cliffs motifs.

Interpretive signs are being installed this summer. While exhibits inside the interpretive center highlight the cultural and natural history of the Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument, the trail will feature the Undaunted Stewards program; the historic Roundhouse, which was one of the first municipal wells in Montana; the interpretive center’s patio design – a steamboat deck complete with a "grasshopper spar," which was used to lift steamboats over sandbars in the river; some of the tribal ties to the area, such as the Little Shell of the Chippewa and others; and the riparian areas along the river.

The trail has been part of the center’s plan from the beginning. It was designed, developed and constructed by the BLM in partnership with Undaunted Stewardship.

You can contact the Upper Missouri River Breaks Interpretive Center and River Management Station at 406-622-4000, or toll free at 1-877-256-3252. The center is located at 701 7th Street in Fort Benton.

Last updated: 06-28-2012