Biking in AZ

Biking on Trails in Arizona

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IMBA Rules of the Trail

International Mountain Bicycling Association has set up a list of rules that mountain bikers should follow. Please respect these rules as they are what many mountain bikers live by.

  1. Ride on open trails only. Respect trail and road closures (ask
    if not sure), avoid possible trespass on private land, obtain
    permits and authorizations as may be required. Federal and
    State wilderness areas are closed to cycling.
  2. Leave no trace. Be sensitive to the dirt beneath you. Even on
    open trails, you should not ride under conditions where you
    will 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.
  3. Control your bicycle Inattention for even a second can cause
    problems. Obey all speed laws.
  4. Always yield the trail. Make known your approach well in
    advance. A friendly greeting (or a 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.
  5. Never spook animals. 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 the horseback riders
    (ask if uncertain). Running cattle and disturbing wild animals
    is a serious offense. Leave gates as you found them, or as
    marked.
  6. Plan ahead. Know your equipment, your ability, and the area in
    which you are riding – and prepare accordingly. 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.

   The bicycle, which was invented in the 1800s in Europe, has long been a means of transportation, a favorite type of recreation, and an exciting organized sport. As a recreational activity, cycling has grown in popularity throughout the world in the form of shorter treks on mountain bikes through top vacation spots to longer trips on racing bicycles across a number of states or territories. In the area of competitive cycling, both amateur and professional events are held every year around the world.

Trails in the White Mountains of Arizona   The White Mountains TrailSystem (WMTS) currently contains over 180 miles of developed trails. More are under construction or are planned. Most trails are 8 to 16 miles in length, some longer, some shorter. There are many marked options for making a trail longer, shorter, or bypassing some of the tricky stuff. Keep in mind that all trails are connected either by connector trails or forest roads, so the entire 200 miles can be done without interruption.