Southwest Idaho Mountain Bike Association
following Idaho State Parks offer bike trails:
is blessed with over 14,000 miles of single track trails available to
mountain bikers and at least twice that in 4-wheel dirt roads. Idaho is
a jewel waiting to be discovered by mountain bikers. Many of the trails
have not been ridden yet, partly due to their remote locations and difficult
terrain. The primary providers of mountain bike trails in Idaho are the
U.S. Forest Service, Bureau
of Land Management, and Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation.
GUIDES OF IDAHO Click
here for a partial list of trail guides in Idaho.
- Ride on Open
Respect trail and road closures (ask if not sure), avoid possible trespass
on private land, and obtain permits and authorization as may be required.
All wilderness areas are closed to cycling.
- Leave No Trace
Be sensitive to the dirt beneath you. Even on open trails, you should
not ride under conditions where you leave evidence of your passing,
such as on certain soils shortly after a rain. Observe the different
types of soils and trail construction; practice low-impact cycling.
This also means staying on the trail and not creating any new ones.
Be sure to pack out at least as much as you pack in.
- Control Your
Inattention for even a second can cause problems. Obey all speed laws.
- Always Yield
Make known your approach well in advance. A friendly greeting (or bell)
is considerate and works well; don't startle others. Show your respect
when passing others by slowing to a walk or even stopping. Anticipate
that other trail users may be around corners or in blind spots.
- Never Spook
All animals are startled by an unannounced approach, a sudden movement,
or a loud noise. This can be dangerous for you, for others, and for
the animals. Give animals extra room and time to adjust to you. In passing,
use special care and follow the directions of horseback riders (as if
uncertain). Running cattle and disturbing wild animals is a serious
offense. Leave gates as you found them or as marked.
- Plan Ahead
Know your equipment, your ability, and the area in which you are riding
an prepare according. Be self-sufficient at all times. Wear a helmet,
keep your machine in good condition, and carry necessary supplies for
changes in weather or other conditions. A well-executed trip is a satisfaction
to you and not a burden or offense to others.
Non-Motorized Trails Coordinator
Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation
P.O. Box 83720
Boise, ID 83720-0065-0065
208-334-4180 ext. 228