Respect on the Trails

Hikers, mountain bikers, horseback riders, and dog walkers all use the trails in the Nambé Badlands.  They have an equal right to enjoy the trails!

Just like there are rules of the road, there are rules of the trail.

  1. Mountain Bikers Yield to Everyone Else
  2. Hikers Yield to Horseback Riders
  3. Downhill Bikers Yield to Uphill Bikers

When you yield to another trail user, do not ride or step off the trail into the fragile soil.

IMBA Rules of the Trail

Responsible Trail Behavioral Rules from the International Mountain Biking Association (IMBA)

When meeting others on the trail, and yielding, find a wider spot in the existing trail, a pullout, to pass each other, instead of stepping off into the fragile soils.

Walking your Dog

  1. If you can’t completely control and manage your dog off-leash, keep it on a leash.
  2. Clean up after your dog. Use a dog poop bag, and take it home to dispose of it, don’t be a “shitbagger” and leave it at the trailhead or on the side of the trail!
  3. If your dog is aggressive with other dogs, please use a leash and muzzle.
  4. Do not let your dog chase wildlife, or livestock, in the Nambe Badlands.
  5. Make sure your dog is current on shots and vaccinations.  Keep a copy of the documentation in your vehicle.
  6. Bring water and a bowl for your dog.  There are no viable water sources for your dog in the Nambe Badlands.
  7. Using a bell on your dog helps alert others of its presence.

The official BLM rules on dogs on BLM lands can be found here.

A beautiful dog enjoying the Nambé Badlands.

Respect for ourselves guides our morals, respect for others guides our manners.

–Laurence Sterne

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