Diamond Peaks Mountain Bike Patrol

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Current Patrollers – please see important Patroller Updates below!

Diamond Peaks Mountain Bike Patrol is a service of Overland Mountain Bike Association. The DPMBP was started in 1995 and is the original organization that Overland grew from.

The Patrol can be thought of as a service organization on mountain bikes that helps out five local land agencies (Fort Collins Natural Areas, Larimer County Natural Resources, Lory State Park, Wyoming State Parks and the United States Forest Service) make their trails better and safer places to recreate.

Why Become a Patroller?

You love mountain biking and you care about helping other trail users to enjoy the trails as much as you do. Certified Mountain Bike Patrollers work to assist all trail users by providing information and medical or mechanical assistance, when necessary. As a Patroller, you will have the opportunity to interact with the trail using public and educate them about proper etiquette using IMBA’s Rules of the Trail.  You  will also help our local land agencies by collecting trail use data, monitoring trail conditions and reporting incidents.  Patrollers also help with events, do trailhead outreach and generally work to improve the perception of mountain bikers as a positive group of trail users.  Patrollers get to be the “good guys on mountain bikes” out on the trail.

Questions or comments, please contact our Patrol Director, Pete Skram at: patrol@overlandmtb.org.


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Patrol Benefits, Requirements and Responsibilities.

When you become a DPMBP Patroller you make your mountain bike rides even more meaningful.  When on patrol, Patrollers help both our fellow trail users and the land management agencies who manage the forests, parks, natural areas and open spaces where we ride.  We currently volunteer with the following land management agencies:

  1. United States Forest Service, Roosevelt National Forest (USFS).
  2. Colorado Parks and Wildlife (Lory State Park).
  3. Wyoming State Parks, Historic Sites, & Trails (Curt Gowdy and Glendo State Parks).
  4. Larimer County Parks, Open Spaces and Trails.
  5. Fort Collins Natural Areas (FCNA).

Becoming a Patroller brings other benefits, as well as certain requirements and responsibilities.

Additional benefits include:

  1. No-cost Basic First Aid and CPR training, provided as an OMBA member benefit.
  2. Partial reimbursement for Wilderness First Aid training.
  3. A waiver of entry and parking fees at trailheads, when you are patrolling.
  4. Partial qualification to participate in the new Trail Agent Program*.
  5. Gratitude from our land management agencies.
  6. Special status within OMBA.
  7. The warm, fuzzy feeling you get from helping people, while doing a fun activity.

Requirements include:

  1. Current membership in OMBA (Join Here: https://www.imba.com/join/chapter/ombc)
  2. Be a minimum of 18 years of age (Parents may sign a waiver for their underage children to be out on patrol).
  3. Have a serviceable bike and always wear a helmet.
  4. Complete American Heart Association Certified First Aid and CPR Training (provided by OMBA).
  5. Complete “Good Host’ Training with the USFS and City of Fort Collins (Provided by the agencies, USFS good for 5 years, FC Natural Areas good forever).
  6. Complete and pass a background check (provided and paid for by Fort Collins Volunteer Services).
  7. Sign waivers for land management agencies that require them.
  8. Complete two training “Check Rides” with another Certified Patroller.
  9. Demonstrate basic bicycle mechanic skills (change a flat, fix a broken chain, etc. – stuff that will help someone get back to the trailhead if necessary).

IMG_0984Responsibilities include:

  1. Following each land agencies’ rules for trail use, patrolling and public interaction.
    • Land Agency MOUs
      • United States Forest Service.
      • Colorado Parks and Wildlife.
      • Wyoming State Parks, Historic Sites, & Trails
      • Larimer County Parks, Open Spaces and Trails.
      • Fort Collins Natural Areas.
  1. Being willing to help trail users in need when patrolling, and generally being a good trail citizen and responsible rider (https://www.imba.com/ride/imba-rules-of-the-trail).
  2. Scheduling Patrol Rides in the Patrol Reporting System.
  3. Counting statistics, observing trail conditions and reporting those by logging patrols in the Patrol Reporting System.
  4. Being willing to occasionally provide patrol support for OMBA events and events that DPMBP supports.

The most basic requirement of being a Diamond Peaks Mountain Bike Patroller is to use your training combined with common sense to fulfill the responsibilities of the Patrol.  We want everyone to be safe and have a good trail experience, and your willingness to volunteer in the capacity of a Patroller will help that happen.


Patroller Updates

All patrollers, please be sure that your OMBA membership is current (check on your status on the IMBA website).  It is a requirement to be a member of the patrol.  If you have any questions about status of your other certifications, please contact the Patrol Director at patrol@overlandmtb.org.


Covid restrictions for 2021 season:

We are still awaiting updated guidelines from the land agencies regarding Covid restrictions for the 2021 season.  We hope that current restrictions will be eased or lifted, but in the meantime, please continue to follow the standard safety protocols (wear mask when interacting with public, keep appropriate social distance, etc.).  


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Larimer County Open Spaces 


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Wyoming State Parks: