Mission Canyon area of the Little Rocky Mountains
The Hole-in-the-Wall trail was the first completed leg of a 20-mile trail project, and an instant success. The trail is located in the Little Rocky Mountains and climbs through an area of limestone cliffs rich with natural bridges, windows, and arches. Walkers are able explore these geologic wonders up close while enjoying views of Mission Canyon and North Fork Little Peoples Creek valley. Tribal members and the Montana Conservation Corps built the trail, while the National Park Service Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance program designed trail alignments and oversaw construction. The 20-mile Fort Belknap trails project aims to connect people with natural landmarks while using the trails as an outdoor classroom to address the community’s high obesity rate. The tribes also hope that the project will improve tourism and employment rates in the area.
Photo: Construction of Hole-in-the-Wall trail on Fort Belknap Indian Reservation