Congressional Legislation May Help McCoy Flats Trails in Vernal, Utah


By Charles Pekow

Cycling West magazine logoMcCoy Flats could get more mountain biking options under legislation introduced in Congress. Rep. Rob Bishop (R-UT) introduced the Northern Utah Lands Management Act (H.R. 6843), which calls on the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to create a trail system and map of trails around the area in Uintah County, UT.

The legislation allows construction of new trails and calls for a long-term management plan to be implemented within two years.

The area already contains 10 short trails comprising 35 miles of track. BLM and several organizations have already mapped the area.

The bill ( was referred to the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Federal Lands. It picked up no cosponsors and the subcommittee hasn’t acted on it since its Sept. 26 introduction. Bishop chairs the full committee until the end of 2018.


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