Riding the backcountry and primitive roads of Glen Canyon National Recreation Area is a great way to enjoy the scenery of the Colorado Plateau. As more and more people turn to biking as a means to reach these scenic areas, it’s important to keep in mind some safe and ethical riding practices.
Respect the Land
Bicycles are vehicles and can do much damage to fragile desert soils and vegetation. Help us protect this special place by not riding cross-country, across slickrock, or on foot trails or closed roads. STAY ON DESIGNATED ROADS AT ALL TIMES.
Carry plenty of water - a MINIMUM of 1 gallon (4 liters) per person per day. You should also have a repair kit, extra tire tube and pump, and a first aid kit. Be prepared for temperature extremes and sudden storms. Carry raingear and polypropylene or wool outerwear for strong winds. In summer, ride early or late in the day to avoid intense midday heat. ALWAYS wear a helmet and gloves for safety. Terrain here can be extremely rugged. Watch out for other cyclists and vehicles. Use extreme caution on steep descents. Frequent snacking on easily digested, high-energy foods is much better than eating two or three large meals a day. Some good choices might be bananas and citrus to replace electrolytes, breads, granola bars, fruit and nut mixtures, and similar items. Visitor use at Glen Canyon National Recreation Area is increasing. If you are looking for solitude, plan on visiting less popular sections of the park and avoid weekends and holidays.
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