Bicycling Mesa Verde National Park

Visitors to Mesa Verde experience rugged terrain at an elevation of 7,000 to above 8,000 feet. Stiff cliffs, deep canyon, and narrow trails can be a danger to all visitors. Persons with heart or respiratory ailments may have breathing problems at this high altitude.

Those in good health with biking experience are advised to follow these guidelines:

•Due to the steep nature of the park road, lack of shoulders and poor condition of the pavement, organized bicycle groups are prohibited.

•Bicycle riders must comply with all traffic regulations, ride in single file, and as far to the right side of the road as possible.

•Bicycles are not allowed on the Wetherill Mesa road.

•Bicycles may be ridden only on established public roads (except Wetherill Mesa road) and parking areas. Bicycles are not allowed on trails.

•Each bicycle must exhibit a white light on the front visible from 500 feet and a red light or reflector on the rear visible for 300 feet during periods of low visibility and in the tunnel.

•Bicycle riders may not be attached to or towed by a motor vehicle.

•No bicycle shall be used to carry more people at one time than it was designed and equipped to handle.

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