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The recent revelation the U.S. Forest Service is considering restricting mountain bikes to forest system roads and trails in the Red Rock Ranger District because of unauthorized trail-building has produced many intriguing questions.

A local bike owner said he believes the vast majority of mountain bikers who rent bikes from his shop are not looking to go off-trail, but they sometimes end up veering off on social trails and getting lost.Where are these trails and how do people know about them? Why are mountain bikers being singled out? And, what does this mean for the future of the trail system?

Unauthorized trails are generally found by users in many of the same ways forest system trails are discovered — on the Internet, through word of mouth and simply by users wandering onto them. Several websites, many with the legitimate intention of providing information to outdoor enthusiasts, have posted maps and information for Sedona area trails that are not official forest system trails.

For the full story, see the Friday, Feb. 1, edition of the Sedona Red Rock News.