Bike Trail Etiquette

The way you ride today shapes mountain bike trail access tomorrow. Do you part to preserve and enhance the sport’s access and image by observing the following rules of the trail, formulated by the International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA). These rules are recognized around the world as the standard code of conduct for mountain bikers.

Ride on Open Trails Only: respect trail and road closures (ask if uncertain).

Leave No Trace: be sensitive to the dirt beneath you. Recognize different types of soils and trail construction; practice low-impact cycling. Wet and muddy trails are more vulnerable to damage. When the trail bed is soft, consider other riding options. This also means staying on existing trails and not creating new ones. Don’t cut switchbacks. Be sure to pack out at least as much as you pack in.

Control Your Bicycle!: inattention for even a second can cause problems. Obey all bicycle speed regulations and recommendations.

IMBA bike trail etiquette triangle 
IMBA Trail etiquette triangle.


Always Yield Trail: let your fellow trail users know you’re coming. A friendly greeting or bell is considerate and works well; don’t startle others. Show your respect when passing by slowing to a walking pace or even stopping. Anticipate other trail users around corners or in blind spots. Yielding means slow down, establish communication, be prepared to stop if necessary and pass safely.

Never Scare Animals: all animals are startled by an unannounced approach, a sudden movement or a loud noise. This can be dangerous for you, others and animals. Give animals extra room and time to adjust to you. Horses have priority on equestrian trails. When passing horses use special care and follow directions from the horseback riders (ask if uncertain).

Plan Ahead: know our equipment, your ability, and the area in which you are riding -- and prepare accordingly. Be self-sufficient at all times, keep your equipment in good repair, and carry necessary supplies for changes in weather or other conditions. Always wear a helmet and appropriate safety gear.

Remember that hunting is allowed in the park. Check with rangers about the various seasons. Wearing bright colors or blaze orange is appropriate during hunting season.

Always ride with others in remote areas and leave your travel plans with someone.

Last updated: April 14, 2015

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