The purpose of the Northwest Nebraska Trails Association is to develop, enhance, maintain and promote public non-motorized recreational trails in northwest Nebraska.

Completing the western end of the 321-mile long Cowboy Nature and Recreation Trail is a major goal of the Northwest Nebraska Trails Association. When complete, the trail will provide an uninterrupted, off-road biking and hiking trail from Norfolk to Chadron Nebraska, along the former Chicago and Northwestern Railroad line.

In September, 2018, the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission awarded a $350,000 grant to NNTA for Cowboy Trail work, to include repair and decking of bridges and laying a crushed limestone surface eastward from the trail terminus at Mile Marker 400 near Chadron. A separate grant to Cowboy Trail West will be used for trail work from Rushville west to MM400.

To receive the entire $350,000 grant NNTA must raise $88,000 in matching funds by March 1, 2019. Every dollar of your tax-deductible contribution to the Chadron Community Foundation Northwest Nebraska Trails Association Fund will be matched by $4 from the federal Recreational Trails Program administered by Nebraska Game and Parks.

Please donate generously and help complete the Cowboy Trail, the longest single segment of the National Rails to Trails Conservancy Great American Trail project.

Cowboy Trail Sponsorship

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