Sustainability Stories: Nick Ybarra

North Dakota's Maah Daah Hey Trail offers more than breathtaking scenery and challenging terrain.

Nick Ybarra

It's a testament to the power of passion and community, where sustainable practices go hand-in-hand with unforgettable experiences. Nick Ybarra, captivated by the trail's beauty, dedicated himself to its preservation. Inspired by his story, countless volunteers have joined the cause, investing thousands of hours in maintaining this natural wonder.

The Badlands Race Series, spearheaded by Nick and Lindsey Ybarra, goes beyond competition. These events are more like "family reunions" where participants discover the magic of the Maah Daah Hey Trail while contributing to its well-being. Choose from a variety of races, from kid-friendly options to the full 144-mile challenge. It's a chance to push your limits, immerse yourself in nature's beauty, and support sustainable travel practices.

The Maah Daah Hey Trail experience extends beyond the race itself. Explore the charming towns of Medora and Watford City, where local businesses cater to adventurers and families alike. In Nick's hometown of Watford City, visit Stonehome Brewing Company, a local brewery that not only offers a delicious Maah Daah Hey Red Rye IPA but also donates a portion of the proceeds to the trail's conservation efforts.

Your Maah Daah Hey Trail adventure becomes a journey of discovery, immersing yourself in nature while supporting a sustainable approach to tourism. It's a win-win for you and the environment.

"Our mission for hosting the events and doing the races has always been to create legendary adventures for people to experience new discoveries" – Nick Ybarra