State Award

The State Awards recognize individuals who have made compelling and significant contributions to the trails movement in their home states.


North Dakota: Nick Ybarra

Nick has been the leading force in saving the legendary Maah Daah Hey trail in western North Dakota.

Nick has put in thousands of man hours and leads the volunteer effort with his nonprofit Save the Maah Daah Hey Foundation.

Over 100 miles of trail has been revived from extinction and maintained for mountain biking, hiking, and horseback riding. Nick also promotes multiple mountain bike races during the summer and winter on the trail.

It takes dedication to volunteer your time to do manual labor. It takes dedication to spend your weekend in the middle of nowhere and work all day. It takes dedication to carry equipment under the blazing sun with no shade in sight. Because of Nick’s dedication, volunteers make 10 mile treks in temperatures over 90 degrees so that this trail is available for the enjoyment of anyone who wants to use it.

Without Nick organizing and leading work days and volunteer efforts, the Maah Daah Hey trail would not be as usable as it is now. Because of Nick and other volunteers, the Maah Daah Hey lives on another year to share its views with the world.

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