The Turtle Mountains are an amazing asset to the Great State of North Dakota and how lucky are we to have them right in our backyard! A special group is working towards enhancing our trail systems so that more people can come and enjoy this beautiful ride.
The Turtle Mountain Trails Association (TMTA), is a non-profit educational association whose mission is to create, enhance and preserve great trail experiences for mountain bikers in Bottineau County, and create a bicycle friendly community through cycling awareness, safety advocacy and promotion of bicycling for fun, fitness and transportation. The TMTA seeks to preserve and protect the Turtle Mountains diverse natural habitat, promote conservation, and become stewards of the land by providing mountain bike access and diverse riding opportunities on North Dakota’s public and private lands.
TMTA seeks to engage our community through education, communication, and unified action.
Mountain biking as a popular outdoor recreational activity, is a fun and exciting way to enjoy the many health benefits of regular fitness and cardiovascular exercise. Plus riding with others in clubs or groups provides the perfect opportunity to build personal bonds and make new friends. Mountain biking, more than any other activity, allows you to quickly get off the beaten path and enjoy the solitude and majesty of nature. What a great way to improve your overall health … physically, mentally, and emotionally.
Saturday, April 27th, the TMTA hosted its first Dirty Turtle Gravel Grinder road race. Over 90 riders registered for the race from North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana, Minnesota and Canada to ride one of three race distances (100, 50 or 25). The day proved to be successful with top finishers, awesome food & drink, great feedback about our community, and those who volunteered.
The TMTA, as a grass root organization, has truly stepped out of the box to create a wonderful experience for our community.