Mountain Activity Safety

Mountain Safety hiking with friends

We Want You To Be Safe

Hiking and mountain biking is at your own risk and the trails on this map are not patrolled. In case of an accident or injury, call or text 911.

Things To Keep In Mind:

  1. Mountain weather conditions can change rapidly.
  2. Lightning and thunderstorms are common on the mountain. Seek shelter and stay away from ridge tops.
  3. Bring adequate clothing; layers are recommended.
  4. Purify any water from natural sources.
  5. Carry plenty of water and food.
  6. At high elevation, sunscreen is a must (even on cloudy days).
  7. Be aware of the health effects of high altitude.
  8. Tell someone where you are going and when you’ll return.

Trail Etiquette & Stewards Of The Land

  • Hikers and bikers choose trails that match your abilities.
  • Hikers and bikers stay on designated trails. Hikers are prohibited within the Telluride Bike Park boundaries.
  • Bikers yield the right-of-way to other non-motorized trail users. Downhill bikers yield to everyone.
  • Bikers use caution when overtaking another, and make your presence known well in advance.
  • Bikers maintain control of your speed at all times.
  • Do not disturb wildlife.
  • Do not litter.
  • Respect public and private property.
  • Always be self-sufficient.
  • Do not travel solo in remote areas.
  • Observe the practice of minimum impact bicycling.
  • Dogs are not allowed in the Telluride Bike Park.

Cyclist’s Code of Responsibility

  1. I will yield the right-of-way to other non-motorized recreationists. I realize that people judge all cyclists by my actions.
  2. I will slow down and use caution when approaching or overtaking another and will make my presence known well in advance.
  3. I will maintain control of my speed at all times and will approach turns in anticipation of someone around the bend.
  4. I will stay on designated trails to avoid trampling native vegetation and minimize potential erosion to trails by not using muddy trails or short-cutting switchbacks. I will not disturb wildlife or livestock.
  5. I will not litter. I will pack out what I pack in, and pack out more than my share if possible.
  6. I will respect public and private property, including trail use and no trespassing signs; I will leave gates as I found them.
  7. I will always be self-sufficient and my destination and travel speed will be determined by my ability, my equipment, the terrain and present and potential weather conditions.
  8. I will not travel solo when bike-packing in remote areas. I will leave word of my destination and when I plan to return.
  9. I will practice minimum impact bicycling by “taking only pictures and memories and leaving only waffle prints.” I will always wear a helmet when I ride.