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Land Access and Protection

IMBA members highly value land conservation, clean water and clean air. The vast majority of mountain bicyclists enjoy riding in natural areas on narrow trails, away from roads, development and resource extraction. Our activity brings us closer to nature and fosters a desire for environmental protection. Backcountry travel by bicycle is demanding, yet highly rewarding, and cyclists wish to protect these experiences.

IMBA offers extensive online resources on land protection. Many of the pages in this section address the issue of federally designated Wilderness, which bans bike access.

If you're looking for a quick assessment of IMBA's stance on Wilderness you might start with our FAQ on bikes and Wilderness.

For a comprehensive analysis, be sure to check out the web pages in the Mountain Biker's Guide to Wilderness.

Wilderness is not the only form of land protection: from Roadless Areas the National Monuments, there are many designations that are used to protect special places. Many of these designations allow for bikes access, and IMBA frequently recommends using these bike-friendly designations.