Mountain Biking & E-biking

Two mountain bikers enjoying the view of the Valle Grande.
Two mountain bikers stop to enjoy the view of the Valle Grande.
Looking for an extraordinary ride among nature's beauty where wildlife abounds? Ride through shaded forests, around high mountain tops, or noodle the edge of vast green meadows. Choose a heart-pumping climb or a relaxing family ride where gravity does most of the work. Whether a newbie on a bike or an experienced cyclist, it's all here at Valles Caldera.

 
Bicycles: Guidelines and Tips
  • Bicyclists are subject to the same traffic rules as automobiles.
  • Bicycles are allowed on all roads open to the public motor vehicles.
  • Bicycles are allowed on those administrative roads and trails identified in the Park visitor use map.
  • Use extreme caution when riding on preserve roads; roads are winding and narrow while shoulders are either narrow or nonexistent. Vehicle traffic can be heavy at times. There are no bicycle paths along roadways.
  • Cyclists must ride single-file. Commonly accepted road courtesy in the mountains calls for slower traffic to pull over and stop to allow congestion behind to pass where appropriate shoulder space is available.
  • Stay on designated open trails and roads. Backcountry trails and roads are maintained to provide identifiable routes that concentrate and support traffic. Concentrating travel on established paths reduces soil erosion and the likelihood that multiple routes will develop causing future environmental impact.
  • A backcountry vehicle permit is required if you wish to drive your personal vehicle into the backcountry before beginning your biking adventure. Permits are limited and available seasonally as conditions allow. No permit is needed to bike into the backcountry from the Valle Grande Entrance Station.
  • Information EVERY visitor needs to know
 

E-bikes: Guidelines and Tips

  • The term "e-bike" means a two- or three-wheeled cycle with fully operable pedals and an electric motor of less than 750 watts (1 h.p.).
  • E-bikes are allowed on all roads open to public motor vehicles.
  • E-bikes are allowed on those administrative roads identified in the map titled, "E-bike Access Routes" and shown on this page.
  • Use of the electric motor to move an e-bike without pedaling for extended distances is prohibited.
  • Use extreme caution when riding on preserve roads - roads are narrow and there are no bicycle paths along roadways. Vehicle traffic can by heavy at times.
  • E-bike riders must ride single-file.
  • A backcountry vehicle permit is required if you wish to drive your personal vehicle into the backcountry before beginning your e-bike adventure. No permit is necessary when taking your e-bike into the backcountry from the Entrance Station.
 

Safety

  • We strongly recommend that safety gear, including helmet and high visibility clothing, be worn by all bicyclists.
  • Carry tools and spare parts, and inspect brakes for worn cables and pads.
  • Know how to navigate across the landscape. Plan your route according to time, terrain, and abilities.
  • Always let someone know your outdoor plans including your anticipated time of return.
  • Motorists frequently do not see bicyclists or fail to give them sufficient space on the road. Drivers sometimes pass on hill crests, blind curves, or in oncoming traffic.
  • Remember, safety is your responsibility.

Last updated: October 4, 2021

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