New tourist trail opens outside Range Riders Museum

A walking trail has opened at the Range Riders Museum, part of the Miles City Area Economic Development Council’s (MCAEDC) plan to make the west end more attractive to visitors.

The council on Thursday received a progress report on the effort, known as the west end beautification project.

The trail is three quarters of a mile in length and begins at the east end of the museum parking lot. It proceeds past the carriage house and then runs parallel to the Tongue River. 

According to Lew Vadheim, MCAEDC’s development committee chairman, the trail is open, but not yet completely finished.  

He described the trail as a “unique nature walk” where deer, pheasants and other wildlife can be seen.

The committee plans to set up kiosks along the trail providing information about Fort Keogh, horse culture, the history of Miles City and more. Information about Miles City businesses providing services to visitors would also be provided. 

The trail was developed as a joint effort of MCAEDC and the museum, one of Miles City’s main tourist attractions.

According to Vadheim, the walking trail opened sooner than expected thanks to a donation the museum received for the trail from an  anonymous donor. 

The west end project area is west of the Tongue River, south of the Yellowstone River, east of Fort Keogh and north of Interstate 94.  MCAEDC’s goal is to create an area that draws people in from the interstate.

MCAEDC’s Leadership Committee updated members on the Leadership Miles City program.  Committee member Paul Hopfauf said the 2016-17 leadership group completed their Energy Day class on March 16, the seventh of nine planned sessions. Ag Day is next on the schedule. 

Leadership Miles City is a program designed to develop leadership within the community.

(Contact Ashley Roness at or (406) 234-0450.)