More Mountain Biking in National Parks

Bush pushes to open more bike trails as his term sunsets

In the waning days of his presidency, it seems George Bush is finally getting to work on the stuff he really likes, which include weakening the Endangered Species Act, pushing for oil shale exploration in the Rocky Mountain west, and well, mountain biking.

The National Park Service confirms that they are fast-tracking a rule that will make it easier for mountain bikers to gain access to national parks, other public lands, and the trails within them. The new rule will allow park managers to make decisions about mountain biking within the park, rather than having to wait for federal regulators to push forward mountain biking decisions.

Here at BACKPACKER, there's a fair amount of overlap when it comes to dedicated hikers and mountain bikers—plenty of people love doing both on the trail. What do you think? Is there enough trail in our national parks to share?

—Ted Alvarez

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Via The Goat