BLM-Utah is a mecca for international mountain bikers who are attracted by the number and variety of trails across the state. With difficulty levels ranging from easy to downright abusive, BLM-Utah has trails appropriate for every type of rider. Need trip ideas? See our new interactive maps made in partnership with the International mountain Bicycling Association and MTBProject!

Where to Ride:

Cedar City
There are many areas in the Cedar City Field Office area which provide good opportunities for the mountain biker to enjoy the scenic and rugged landscapes. Ride the 19 miles of trail at the Three Peaks Recreation Area and play a round of disc golf afterwards!

Grand Staircase - Escalante National Monument
Mountain biking is a refreshing way to experience the variety of landscapes the Monument has to offer. Note that the trails are dirt roads and that backcountry travel is prohibited via bike. Water is not available along these mountain bike routes, so be sure to carry plenty with you.

Moab
The possibilities are nearly endless in Moab with over 120 miles of single track trails mountain bike trails. From challenging slickrock to leisurely backcountry roads, there are trails for riders of all abilities. Bring the family to the Moab Brand Trails or ride with friends on the challenging Amasa Back.

Salt Lake 
Come hike or bike along the Stansbury Island Mountain Bike Trail. This high desert trail offers 9.8 miles of challenging mountain biking and hiking with beautiful views and unique geology.  

St. George
St. George has a variety of trails including the Gooseberry Mesa National Recreation Trail that has been developed to incorporate technical slickrock and single track and the Bear Claw-Poppy Trail that runs through the Red Bluff Area of Critical Environmental Concern which was designated for the protection of the Dwarf Bearclaw Poppy.

Vernal
Riders can enjoy the many miles of unpaved roads or seek out more adventurous routes on the areas numerous singletrack trails. The Uinta Basin offers a unique variety of singletrack, from narrow desert trails in the Red Fleet and McCoy Flats areas, the forested and rocky Flume Trail in Dry Fork Canyon, or the technical challenge of the Rojo Trail.

Events:

Permits are required from the BLM for commercial, competitive, or organized group bike events. For information on dates and permit requirements, contact the local field office. 

Recognize and Preserve Soil Crusts:

This delicate, often black, crusty-looking, complex of soil and slowly growing algae, mosses, bacteria, and lichens retains water, reduces erosion, and provides a stable base from which higher plants can flourish.  It takes many years for biological soil crust to recover from the ruts created by one bike. The most important guideline is to stay on approved roads, trails and slickrock.  

Stick to the Trail:

Riding cross-country, taking shortcuts, and play riding around campsites damages plants and soils.  Don't be a trail pioneer by leaving a poorly chosen path for others to follow.  Help land managers keep areas open to biking by staying on established routes. 

Riding Etiquette:

When encountering slower-moving trail users, slow to their speed and wait for acknowledgement to pass or be passed.  Always yield to horses and hikers.  Also remember that some mountain bike areas are also open to motorized use.



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