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Land Access and Protection

IMBA members highly value land conservation and environmental benefits such as clean water and clean air. The vast majority of mountain bicyclists enjoy riding in natural areas on narrow singletrack trails, away from roads, development and resource extraction activities. Our sport brings us closer to nature and fosters a desire for environmental protection. Backcountry travel by bicycle is physically 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 topic of federally designated Wilderness, which bans bike access and all mechanized activities.

If you're looking for a quick assessment of IMBA's policy 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 federal land protection. Roadless Areas, National Recreation Areas and National Monuments are among the many other designations that are used to protect special places on federal lands. Many of these designations allow for bike access, and IMBA's Government Relations staff frequently recommends using these bike-friendly designations.