Whether you are looking to take the family on a leisurely bike ride on a paved bike trail, try your bike on some single-track trails or take your mountain bike to the end of an old logging road, one of the 17 national forests and seven national grasslands within the Rocky Mountain Region will have a mountain biking/road cycling experience that is just right for you!
Follow these general guidelines to help ensure that your Mountain Biking/Road Cycling experience in your national forest or grassland will be a safe and memorable one:
Make a realistic plan and stick to it. Always tell someone of your recreation plans
Whether you are riding on roads or trails, remember to wear your safety gear, especially your helmet!
When road cycling, remember to obey all traffic laws and regulations
Avoid trails that are obviously wet and muddy
Ride in the middle of trails to minimize widening of the trails, avoid sideslipping, which can lead to erosion
Carry a compass or a Global Positioning System (GPS) unit and know how to use it
Obtain a map of the area you will be biking in and, if possible, obtain a trail sheet from the local Ranger District office to help with land navigation
Please respect private landowners and don't trespass on private property
Travel responsibly on land by staying on designated trails or areas
Check the weather forecast for your destination. Plan clothing, equipment and supplies accordingly
When mountain biking, it’s quite possible you may encounter trail riders along with pack stock. Since stock is easily spooked from unseen sources, it is best to make your presence known. When horses or pack stock approach, step off on the lower side of the trail while the animal passes. Be courteous in sharing the trail with others
Mountain bikes are prohibited in designated wilderness areas
All bike riders should follow the ideals ofLeave No Trace and practice the concept of Pack It In - Pack It Out.
For more detailed guidelines regarding responsible summer recreation on US Forest Service lands, please check out the Tread Lightly! information below:
Regional Mountain Biking/Road Cycling Information Map
The Rocky Mountain Region map below can be used as a starting place to find information regarding mountain biking/road cycling opportunities on US Forest Service lands located throughout our five-state region. When you move the cursor over the state you want to go mountain biking/road cycling in, a filled-in map outline and tool tip will appear. Click on the map outline to view that state's mountain biking/road cycling information map in a new window. Repeat the same process with the state map as with this map and you will be able to select the individual national forest or grassland that you would like mountain biking/road cycling information about.