The Slickrock Trail in Moab, Utah, one of the most iconic trails in mountain bike history, was recently threatened by oil and gas development through a lease that could include two thirds of the trail. Earlier today, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) announced it has removed the Slickrock Trail area from the lease.

While this is a relief, it doesn’t feel like a win. This instance of a beloved recreation area being considered for oil and gas leasing is becoming increasingly common. It is a short-sighted approach that fails to consider recreation value in energy development. There is a place for both energy and recreation on our public lands, but we cannot have development encroaching on our favorite riding experiences.


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