In recent years some mountain bikers are ruining things for all mountain bikers in the Nambé Badlands and causing long-lasting damage to the area.
Please help us protect the fragile land of the Nambé Badlands and Sombrillo Area of Critical Environmental Concern (ACEC). Please demonstrate, and promote responsible mountain biking. Please follow the well-established rules of trail etiquette:
- YIELD TO HIKERS: Mountain bikers must yield to all hikers. This means slow down, get off your bike if necessary, and let the hikers pass. Say hello. Give hikers a heads up about your presence. Do not ride off the single-track trail to go around hikers — this damages the sensitive soil crusts and gives mountain bikers a bad name.
- YIELD TO HORSES: Mountain bikers must yield to horses. Bikes can scare horses. Slow down, engage politely with the horseback rider, ask the horseback rider what works best for them. Sometimes they prefer you move on by quickly, other times they want to calm their horse down before you get too close to them.
- YIELD TO UPHILL MOUNTAIN BIKE RIDERS: Unless a trail is explicitly signed with a downhill/uphill direction, the uphill mountain biker has the right of way. This means let them ride by you. If there is no room for them to clear you, then get off your bike and let them pass.
When you are an inconsiderate mountain biker, other mountain bikers pay a price. We risk having the area closed to bikes when you anger hikers, horseback riders, or dog walkers; or when you damage the natural resources in the area. We have even had other mountain bikers recommend closing the Sombrillo ACEC to bikes due to mayhem of late!
Please spread the (polite) word to any irresponsible mountain bikers that you see. Remember, that some inexperienced riders may not know better (and unfortunately there can be some bad apples that are well aware of the rules they are breaking).
The more responsible mountain bikers we have riding in the area, the better it will be for everyone.