Moab Bans E-Bikes on Mountain Bike Trails

Classifies them as motorized vehicles

Nov 24, 2014
Outside Magazine
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Moab will only let e-bikers on trails where motorcycles and off-road vehicles are allowed.    Zach Dischner/Flickr

Moab has drawn the line when it comes to e-bike access to trails. Last week, the area’s field office of the Bureau of Land Management banned electric-powered bicycles from dedicated mountain bike routes.

“The Moab BLM has determined that motor-assisted bicycles (electric, gas, or diesel) are motorized vehicles,” the BLM wrote on its website. “The use of motor-assisted bicycles is only allowed on motorized trails.”

The move puts e-bikes in the same category as ATVs and dirt bikes. Riders looking to bring an e-bike into the mountain biking hotbed will no longer have access to popular trails like Pipe Dream, Slickrock, and Klondike Bluffs. According to, motorized vehicles can access portions of trails like Porcupine Rim, which have sections designated as “Jeep roads,” but not the singletrack. Moab BLM has posted an updated map of strictly mountain bike trails, but the area does have hundreds of miles of trails and unpaved roads for motorized vehicles.

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