U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORBUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
|El Centro Field Office|
Excellent mountain biking can be had on miles and miles of jeep trails on public lands. Although no specific mountain bike trails exist, "two track" jeep trails offer many opportunities.
Trails are not maintained, so expect them to be rugged. Mountain biking is allowed on any designated route. Remember, mountain bikes are not allowed in wilderness areas. Please respect and obey all signs.
Trail courtesy is important. When you meet other people on the trail, they will judge all mountain bikers by what you do. Are you making a good impression? Remember to yield to hikers and horses. When you encounter people on foot, slow down to their speed or stop. If approaching from the rear, greet them or announce your presence.
If approaching equestrian users from the front, always stop and let them pass. If approaching from the rear, ask them for instructions on the best way to proceed.
Here are a few riding habits to get into:
Late fall, winter, and spring are prime times for desert mountain biking. In the summer, the upper elevations of eastern San Diego County are the best choice for local mountain biking. Remember that there is virtually no shade in the desert.
A few popular areas for mountain biking are:
Use this pre-ride check list to ensure a safe ride: