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.
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Use of E-bikes
The term ''e-bike" means a two- or three-wheeled cycle with fully operable pedals and an electric motor of less than 750 watts ( I h.p.).
E-bikes are allowed in Glen Canyon National Recreation Area where traditional bicycles are allowed. E-bikes are prohibited where traditional bicycles are prohibited. Except where use of motor vehicles by the public is allowed, using the electric motor to move an e-bike without pedaling is prohibited.
A person operating an e-bike is subject to the following sections of 36 CFR part 4 that apply to the use of traditional bicycles: sections 4.12, 4.13, 4.20, 4.21, 4.22, 4.23, and 4.30(h)(2)-(5).
The use of an e-bike within Glen Canyon National Recreation Area is governed by State law.
Warm Creek Road (#230): 13+ miles. A popular road from Big Water, Utah to various points. This road is rocky and very muddy when wet.
Hole-in-the-Rock Road (#330): 13 miles from the Glen Canyon NRA boundary to the overlook of the historic crossing. This road is only intermittently maintained within the recreation area and is very rocky.
Halls Crossing/San Juan
Hole-in-the-Rock Road (#450): 10 miles of this historic trail are within Glen Canyon NRA. This is a continuation of the pioneer trail from Escalante. (See Bullfrog/Escalante above.) This entire section of the trail from SR 276 provides for excellent long-range trips. The road is unmaintained, rough, and rocky, with steep and/or sandy stretches.
Flint Trail (#633): It is 53 miles between Hans Flat and Hite. This is a rocky road with sandy portions and steep grades on the switchbacks. Camping south of Clearwater Canyon is currently permissible with no permit.
Last updated: October 7, 2020