Forest Service reminds visitors about appropriate E-Bike use

Release Date: Dec 4, 2018

Media Contact: Aaron Voos, (307)745-2323


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(LARAMIE, Wyo.)  December 4, 2018 – An increase in electronic bike, or e-bike use, has prompted the Medicine Bow-Routt National Forests and Thunder Basin National Grassland (MBRTB) to remind visitors about appropriate e-bike use. Forest visitors are being encouraged to “Know Before You Go” – determine where, when, and how e-bikes may be used and when their use is appropriate.

Where to ride

  • E-bikes are classified by the Forest Service as motor vehicles, and may be ridden on designated motorized routes shown on Forest Service Motor Vehicle Use Maps. This includes National Forest System (NFS) roads open to all vehicles; and NFS trails open to all vehicles. Certain roads and trails are only open during certain times of the year.
  • The best source of information for knowing when and where e-bikes are allowed on the MBRTB can be found on Motor Vehicle Use Maps (MVUM). Free hard copies are available at all forest offices. MVUMs are also available online at

How to ride responsibly

  • Stay on designated roads and trails.
  • Minimize wheel spin. On switchbacks, avoid roosting around the apex of the turn when climbing or brake-sliding during descent, both of which gouge the trail. Drive over, not around obstacles to avoid widening the trail.
  • Slow down when sight lines are poor. Cross streams only at designated fording points, where the trail crosses the stream.
  • Comply with all signs and respect barriers. 

Forest Service specialists are monitoring new technologies, visitor access and safety, social and sustainability issues, and natural resource effects associated with e-bike use on NFS roads and trails. Information obtained from monitoring will be used to reassess and, if needed, adjust guidance for designating the use of e-bikes.

It is the user’s responsibility to know where they are and what types of restrictions there may be when accessing public lands. Visitors with questions about roads and trails on the MBRTB should contact their local USFS Office.

  • Forest Supervisor’s Office/Laramie Ranger District, 2468 Jackson St., Laramie, WY, 307-745-2300
  • Brush Creek-Hayden Ranger District, 2171 Highway 130, Saratoga, WY, 307-326-5258
  • Douglas Ranger District, 2250 E. Richards Street, Douglas, WY, 307-358-4690
  • Hahns Peak-Bears Ears Ranger District, 925 Weiss Drive, Steamboat Springs, CO, 970-870-2299
  • Parks Ranger District, 100 Main Street, Walden, CO, 970-723-2700
  • Yampa Ranger District, 300 Roselawn Avenue, Yampa, CO, 970-638-4516