Where are E-Bikes currently allowed?
Class I and Class II E-bikes are currently allowed on these hard surface City of Durango trails: Animas River Trail, Florida Road Trail, and Goeglein Gulch Road Trail. E-bikes may be ridden on City streets and bike lanes at any time.
A map of the City of Durango hard surface trails where E-Bikes are allowed is available here: Trail Rules and Etiquette Brochure (PDF).
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:
- San Juan National Forest, Motor Vehicle Use Maps by District
- Purgatory Resort Summer Trails Map
- Bureau of Land Management, Tres Rios Field Office
E-Bikes on Hard Surface Trails Public Process
The City of Durango held a one-year Electric Bicycle (E-bike) Pilot Program from September 2017 to September 2018. The Parks and Recreation Advisory Board, the Natural Lands Preservation Advisory Board and the Multi Modal Advisory Board held a Joint Advisory Board meeting on Wednesday, October 24, 2018 to discuss the results of the E-bike Pilot Program. The Joint Advisory Board then recommended to the Durango City Council to allow Class I and Class II E-bikes on designated hard surface trails. On December 18, 2018 the City Council passed an ordinance to amend chapter 18 of the City of Durango Code of Ordinances, authorizing the allowance of Class I and Class II E-bikes on the Animas River Trail, Florida Road Trail, and Goeglein Gulch Road Trail.
View the revised City Ordinance O-2018-25 here.
E-Bikes on Natural Surface Trails Public Process
On Wednesday, November 20, 2019 and on Wednesday, March 4, 2020 the Natural Lands Preservation Advisory Board, Parks and Recreation Advisory Board and the Multimodal Advisory Board held a Joint Advisory Board meetings on E-bikes on the City of Durango’s Natural Surface Trails. All Boards will continue to discuss E-bikes on natural surface trails and potential solutions, in their individual board meetings. A third Joint Advisory Board meeting on E-bikes on natural surface trails has not been scheduled yet.
March 4, 2020 Joint Advisory Board Meeting for E- Bikes on Natural Surface Trails
- Audio for the first Half of the Meeting Involving Public Comment
- Audio for the second Half of the Meeting Involving Board Discussion
- Joint Advisory Board E-Mountain Bike Presentation on 3-4-2020
Information Received by Advisory Boards:
- eMTB - Best Management Practices by People For Bikes
- The Durango Telegraph - City Rolls Out E-Mountain Bikes Discussion
- The Trouble With eMTB by Joe Vadeboncoeur
- Wildlife News - Impacts of Mountain Biking
- Mountain Journal - Does the E-Bike Invasion Represent a Menace to Wildlife and Character of Public Lands
- Salt Lake Magazine - Council Votes on E-Bikes in Park City