Steamboat Springs Cyclists with an itch to explore the area's extensive dirt trails are being urged to wait.
Routt County Riders Trail Coordinator Gretchen Sehler, who just returned from Moab, Utah, said Wednesday that most singletrack and mountain biking trails in the area are still too wet to ride.
"We want people staying off the trails while the snow is melting off," Sehler said. "I know people are jonesing to ride, but stay off the muddy trails."
Sehler said the trails on Emerald Mountain, Mount Werner and upper Spring Creek are simply not ready.
A good barometer, she said, is if the trail is wet enough for your bike tires to leave imprints, it's probably too wet to ride. She also encouraged hikers, horseback riders and other trail users to refrain from using them. Riding on wet trails leaves deep imprints that make the trails rough and causes quicker erosion.
Sehler will begin marking and putting signs up around Emerald this week. She said as conditions dry out, she'll mark certain trails as open.
Sehler encouraged riders to head to places such as Vernal, Utah; Moab; Fruita and even the Front Range.
Until then, she said, it's about getting basic conditioning in with road riding.
"We'll give people access as soon as possible," she said. "Now is a great time to own a road bike. Ride the county roads."