Enjoying Durango by E-bike
Class I pedal-assist and Class II throttle-assist E-bikes are currently allowed on City of Durango hard surface trails, connecting you to Durango parks, neighborhoods and business areas. These trails include the Animas River Trail, Florida Road Trail, SMART 160 Trail, Three Springs Trail and Goeglein Gulch Road Trail. E-bikes may be ridden on City streets and bike lanes at any time.
Hard Surface Trail Etiquette for E-Bikes
Be predictable. Travel in a consistent and predictable manner. Keep right and pass on left. Look behind before changing positions on the trail.
Be respectful. Slow down and use caution when approaching other trail users and blind turns. Please keep speed under 10 mph on City hard surface trails. When passing, use bell and let the person know you are passing in a friendly voice.
Electric-assist bicycles ONLY. Class I pedal-assist and Class II throttle-assist e-bikes are allowed on City of Durango hard surface trails. No electric-assist motorized skateboards, scooters, onewheels, etc. allowed on City trails.
E-Bikes yield to all other trail users. Yielding the right-of-way requires slowing down to a safe speed, being prepared to stop, establishing communication and passing safely.
View the current City Ordinance O-2018-25 here.
One-year trial at Twin Buttes for Class I pedal-assist Electric Mountain Bikes (eMTBs) is now closed
The electric mountain bike (eMTB) trial period and trail survey ended on Nov. 30. Class I pedal-assist eMTBs are allowed on the lower trails at Twin Buttes while trial survey data is analyzed. A decision regarding management of eMTBs at Twin Buttes will be announced by Feb. 15, 2022. Please note, the upper trails at Twin Buttes are closed to all recreation for the winter season to protect wildlife habitat. Click here for a winter closure trails map of Twin Buttes.
eMTBs are not permitted on any other City of Durango natural surface trails.
eMTB Riding Etiquette
Ride open trails only. eMTB use is only allowed on the Twin Buttes natural surface trails in Durango City limits. For information on area trails where eMTBs are allowed, please see the list for other public lands below. Respect motorized/non-motorized trail use regulations. Never ride your eMTB on a trail that doesn’t allow electric-assist bikes. No electric-assist motorized skateboards, scooters, onewheels, etc. allowed on City of Durango natural surface trails.
Yield appropriately. eMTB riders yield to all other trail users, regardless of direction. Anticipate other trail users when coming around corners. All bikes yield to pedestrians. Pedestrians and bikes yield to equestrians. All downhill traffic yields to all non-electric assisted uphill traffic.
Stay on the trail. Whether you are on an eMTB or a regular mountain bike, always stay on the designated trail. Don’t cut corners, ride through vegetation, or create new trails.
Directional travel suggested. It is recommended bikes travel in the same direction on the upper part of the trail system as indicated on the map. Pedestrians may travel in either direction and should expect two-way traffic. All users should be in control at all times and practice Share the Trails ethics.
Keep your speed in check. When riding near other trail users, slow down. If you must pass, be polite. Ask the other trail users if you can pass and allow them to respond before maneuvering around. Control your speed and be prepared to stop.
Plan ahead. Know your equipment, your ability and the area in which you are riding and be prepared.
Trial Period Feedback
Trial period feedback is welcome. Please send your feedback regarding the eMTB Twin Buttes Trial to Durango Parks & Recreation Department at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Where are eMTBs currently allowed on other public lands?
For information regarding use of E-Bikes on natural surface trails located on lands owned by other land management agencies in the Durango and Southwest Colorado region, please visit these links: