Accredited Land Trust

15 Years Connecting Land and People

The access to open space and the endless trail system surrounding Helena provides a healthy lifestyle for my young family and me. PPLT is a huge part of why we live here.
— Dan Maronick

Welcome to the Prickly Pear Land Trust

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To mail your gift,
send it to:
PO Box 892
Helena, MT 59624


Interactive Trail Maps Helena Trail Maps Click here to download a PDF of the county’s Helena Area trails map. Click here to get started planning your next adventure!

Welcome to Prickly Pear Land Trust

Prickly Pear Land Trust is an association of community-minded individuals committed to protecting the open space in Lewis and Clark, Broadwater and Jefferson Counties in Montana. Founded in 1996, the Trust now has almost 700 active members with backgrounds reflecting the diversity of the area. As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation, we work cooperatively with willing property owners to conserve our region’s most valuable natural asset…land.

“We knew from the very beginning of our love affair with this land that we’d want to preserve it. Obtaining a conservation easement with Prickly Pear Land Trust ensured that generations from now this piece of paradise will exist in as pristine a state as when we discovered it.”

— Leonard Schonberg and Anne O’Leary

PPLT Awarded Accredited Land Trust Status

Accredited Land Trust Seal Prickly Pear Land Trust is proud to announce that it has been awarded status as an accredited land trust by the Land Trust Accreditation Commission, an independent program of the Land Trust Alliance. PPLT joins an elite group of accredited land trusts in Montana and across the country in meeting national quality standards. Click the seal to learn more about this mark of distinction.

Help Build the Centennial Trail

Centennial Trail Kiosk and Donor Plaza Model

The Friends of Centennial Trail are selling brick pavers as a fundraiser for the Centennial Trail. Download an order form and donate one or more bricks to help build the trail. Bricks may be inscribed with your name, the name of a business or organization, or the name of someone you wish to honor. Again, proceeds will be used to complete Helena’s Centennial Trail.

These personalized brick pavers will be placed at the site of a meeting spot along the trail, located in Centennial Park. This meeting spot for cyclists and walkers will feature a place to sit, get a drink of water, and will feature a kiosk with maps of the trail, announcements, and so forth. Thanks for your help. Through buying a personalized brick paver, you are not only leaving your mark along the trail, you are helping us all get it built.


Check out some of our trail work in the IR’s 596 Magazine! Click here!

Montana Association of Land Trusts

PPLT is an active member of both the Montana Association of Land Trusts and the Heart of the Rockies Initiative. Learn more by clicking a logo.
Heart of the Rockies Initiative Travelers for Open Land

PO Box 892   |   46 N. Last Chance Gulch, Suite 2A   |   Helena, MT 59624   |   406-442-0490   |   406-442-1790 (fax)

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