Wildfire shuts down portion of Great Divide Mountain Bike Route

May 17th, 2022

Adventure Cycling is recommending large detours for any Great Divide Mountain Bike Riders who might be riding in New Mexico in the next few days or weeks.

The Black Fire stands at 56,132 acres as of May 17 in the Gila National Forest near Silver City, New Mexico, according to InciWeb. Several trails and roads are closed while agencies respond.

Adventure Cycling cartographers have posted suggested detours in our forums, where riders can find temporary road closure information for all of our routes throughout the bike travel season.

Starting Thursday May 19, three of four national forests the Great Divide traverses in New Mexico will be closed to public access due to Stage III fire restrictions. Our cartographers will continue to update road closures on our forums as much as possible.

Riders on any of our routes can also see a Current Conditions overlay on our Adventure Cycling Route Network overview map that displays wildfire incidents across the United States. Select the buttons for fire data.

We strive to keep our information updated, but travelers should always check with the governing agency of the public lands they intend to visit first.

Important links:

Temporary Adventure Cycling Route Closures (no login needed to view)

InciWeb Incident Information System (Interagency government wbsite for all fire and natural disaster alerts)