Biking on Trails in Arizona
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Control your bicycle Inattention for even a second can cause
problems. Obey all speed laws.
- 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
- 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
- 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.