(LARAMIE, Wyo.) December 4, 2018 – An increase in electronic bike, or e-bike use, has prompted the
Medicine Bow-Routt National Forests and Thunder Basin National Grassland (MBRTB) to remind visitors
about appropriate e-bike use. Forest visitors are being encouraged to “Know Before You Go” –
determine where, when, and how e-bikes may be used and when their use is appropriate.
Where to ride
• E-bikes are classified by the Forest Service as motor vehicles, and may be ridden on designated
motorized routes shown on Forest Service Motor Vehicle Use Maps. This includes National
Forest System (NFS) roads open to all vehicles; and NFS trails open to all vehicles. Certain roads
and trails are only open during certain times of the year.
• The best source of information for knowing when and where e-bikes are allowed on the MBRTB
can be found on Motor Vehicle Use Maps (MVUM). Free hard copies are available at all forest
offices. MVUMs are also available online at www.fs.usda.gov/detail/mbr/maps-pubs/.
How to ride responsibly
• Stay on designated roads and trails.
• Minimize wheel spin. On switchbacks, avoid roosting around the apex of the turn when climbing
or brake-sliding during descent, both of which gouge the trail. Drive over, not around obstacles
to avoid widening the trail.
• Slow down when sight lines are poor. Cross streams only at designated fording points, where
the trail crosses the stream.
• Comply with all signs and respect barriers.
Forest Service specialists are monitoring new technologies, visitor access and safety, social and
sustainability issues, and natural resource effects associated with e-bike use on NFS roads and trails.
Information obtained from monitoring will be used to reassess and, if needed, adjust guidance for
designating the use of e-bikes.
It is the user’s responsibility to know where they are and what types of restrictions there may be when
accessing public lands. Visitors with questions about roads and trails on the MBRTB should contact their
local USFS Office.
• Forest Supervisor’s Office/Laramie Ranger District, 2468 Jackson St., Laramie, WY, 307-745-2300
• Brush Creek-Hayden Ranger District, 2171 Highway 130, Saratoga, WY, 307-326-5258
• Douglas Ranger District, 2250 E. Richards Street, Douglas, WY, 307-358-4690
• Hahns Peak-Bears Ears Ranger District, 925 Weiss Drive, Steamboat Springs, CO, 970-870-2299
• Parks Ranger District, 100 Main Street, Walden, CO, 970-723-2700
• Yampa Ranger District, 300 Roselawn Avenue, Yampa, CO, 970-638-4516