Getting Permits

‘How to’ obtain permission to legally guide commercial mountain bike tours on your local trails

 

Depending on your location, you may require permission (or a “permit”) allowing you to legally guide commercial mountain bike tours on the trails in your area.

 

You’ll need to contact the governing body of each trail or trail network to obtain permission to guide. 

 

PERMITS

In some cases you’ll need to obtain a permit application, submit the permit and wait for approval.  Obtaining an approved permit may also come with an upfront fee for predicted land use, and/or a post-use fee for actual land use.  

 

Club Membership 

In some cases you’ll need to obtain a mountain bike club membership, typically called a “corporate membership”.  This membership fee is used as a donation to the club who manages and maintains the trails.  (This is also a great way to start building relationships with those you’ll see most often on the trails - club members  - who may even turn into your customers!). 

 

Ask about Fees 

When contacting the governing body, inquire about how fees are formulated so you have an understanding of the costs involved with obtaining permission to legally guide commercial mountain bike tours on the trails in your area.

 

Who should I contact to inquire about land-use permission?  

Consider contacting the following governing bodies to inquire about obtaining permission to legally guide commercial mountain bike tours on the trails in your area:

 

ALL LOCATIONS 

TrailForks is the world's largest mountain biking trail database and management system for trail associations, builders and riders.  Under each trail name, Trailforks lists all Trail Supporters, Builders & Maintainers.  Contact all parties listed to inquire about obtaining permission to legally guide commercial mountain bike tours on the trails in your area:

 

 

MTB Project is a comprehensive mountain biking guide to the trails you want to ride - with offline maps, full GPS route info, elevation profiles, interactive features, photos, and more.

Under each trail name, MTBProject lists the Local Club and the Land Manager.  Contact all parties listed to inquire about obtaining permission to legally guide commercial mountain bike tours on the trails in your area:

 

 

The International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) is a non-profit educational association whose mission is to create, enhance and preserve trail opportunities for mountain bikers worldwide.  If you were not successful finding what you were looking for by using TrailForks or MTBProject, try contacting IMBA to inquire about obtaining permission to legally guide commercial mountain bike tours on the trails in your area. 

 

USA

The Bureau of Land Management is an agency within the United States Department of the Interior that administers more than 247.3 million acres of public lands in the United States - one-eighth of the landmass of the country. Try contacting your local BLM to inquire about obtaining permission to legally guide commercial mountain bike tours on the trails in your area. 

 

The United States Forest Service is an agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture that administers the nation's 154 national forests and 20 national grasslands, which encompass 193 million acres. Try contacting your local USNFS to inquire about obtaining permission to legally guide commercial mountain bike tours on the trails in your area. 

 

Local Mountain Bike Club and/or Trail Association

Local mountain bike clubs and trail associations can typically provide helpful information around obtaining permission to legally guide commercial mountain bike tours on the trails in your area.  

 

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