It is what YOU make it.

 

On the trails, Utah.

Today, mountain biking is one of the most popular forms of trail recreation.  Responsible riding is essential to preserve the experiences you work so hard to get to and keep safe along the way.  

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The International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) formed to encourage low-impact riding, volunteer trailwork participation, cooperation among different trail user groups, grassroots advocacy and innovative trail management solutions.

IMBA also created a standard code of mountain biker conduct, these six Rules of the Trail, recognized around the world are:

1.  Ride OPEN trails.

2.  Leave No Trace.

3.  Control Your Bicycle.

4.  Yield Appropriately.

5.  Never Scare Animals.

6.  Plan Ahead.

As always, there is a lot to think about in regards to practicing the Seven Principles of Leave No Trace while on your bike.  Looking specifically at Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces, although it is sometimes OK while hiking, off-trail travel on a bike is never appropriate.  It may damage plants, cause erosion, fragment wildlife habitat, endanger the rider and encourage the development of poorly designed social trails.

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Here's a few tips on what else to avoid and what you can do to minimize your impact out on the trail.  Although these tips are brief, they are from a great resource to learn more.  Our Skills & Ethics book on Mountain Biking will take you through each of the Principles and what to think about in planning and executing your next adventure.  Please challenge yourself and your friends to put these tips into practice.

- Avoid fragile terrain like mud and water.

- Don't widen trails, cut switchbacks or detour.

- Avoid skidding and adapt your braking power to varying terrain.

- Don't create new trail markers or do unauthorized trailwork.

- Remember to ride the mountain, don't make the mountain rideable.

- Have Fun!

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Recreate your recreation, 

Mark and Tara