Yellowstone Road Tour
This road biking tour has been a dream of ours for quite some time. Imagine cruising through Yellowstone National Park on our road bikes! You will be seeing the wonderful scenery and having great wildlife sightings as we pedal along. Plus we are staying in the grand hotels of the park so hot showers are part of the program.
We begin in West Yellowstone and work our way around the park. First up to Old Faithful, then across to Yellowstone Lake and then on to Mammoth Hot Springs. Upon leaving the park, we ride to Chico Hot Springs, where we spend a delightful evening. Mileage ranges from 30 to 50 miles each day and elevations are from 6,000 to 9,000 feet. More questions? Give us a call at 800-845-2453. We can help answer all your questions.
After meeting in Bozeman we will shuttle south along the Gallatin River to the north boundary of the park where we will start our ride. We then head south into West Yellowstone, gateway to the park. Heading east into the park, our next goal is Madison Junction. From the junction we will again head south on our way to Old Faithful Geyser and our lodging for the night. Along the way, we will pass the Sapphire Pool, the Great Fountain Geyser, and Fountain Paint Pots to mention just a few. We will also see evidence of the 1988 fire. Fire plays an important role in the forest ecology and Lodgepole pines have reforested the burned areas. The riding in this section is rolling and fun, a great way to end our first day. After we arrive at the Old Faithful Inn, we may have time to explore some of the geysers in the area, including Morning Glory Pool. TOTAL MILEAGE: 50 - 60 miles
After a delicious breakfast we will begin our journey to Yellowstone Lake, along the lower loop. Shortly after leaving the lodge we will cross the Continental Divide at Craig Pass which is 8,262 feet and we’ll pass back over the divide before arriving at Yellowstone Lake. As we approach the western edge of the lake we will pass another geyser basin which we can tour. Intense heat from this region indicates an extensive thermal system, that could create a massive hydrothermal steam explosion should lake levels drop just a few feet, reminding us of the dynamic geologic forces at work all around us. A few more miles and we will arrive at our night’s destination, the Lake Hotel. Yellowstone Lake is the largest mountain lake in North America. It is over 20 miles long, 14 miles wide and 390 feet deep at its deepest point, where temperatures rarely rise above 42 degrees. This is amazing since there are countless calderas throughout the park whose temperatures remain high above the boiling point at all times. We will arrive at the Lake Hotel in the afternoon, leaving us time for an optional out and back ride through the Hayden Valley. We will want to get at least as far as the Mud Volcano but riding along the Yellowstone River can be quite enticing, so we may go further. TOTAL MILEAGE: 30 - 65 miles
This morning we’ll wake up to views of Yellowstone Lake and the Absaroka Mountains. Today’s mileage takes us through the spectacular Hayden Valley. A favorite grazing area for bison, the valley offers endless wildlife viewing opportunities. We’ll continue riding along the Yellowstone River all the way to Artist Point where the splendor of the great falls of the Yellowstone is sure to leave us breathless. Now it’s time to get off the bikes and stretch our legs... down the three hundred plus steps of Uncle Tom’s stairs for an up close view of the falls, certainly worth the effort. After lunch we’ll ride up to Canyon Village and then head west to Norris Junction where we have a short shuttle up to Mammoth Hot Springs. From 1886 to 1916 the park was managed by the US Army and the Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel, our home for the night, which still carries the military “barrack” feeling inside the rooms. TOTAL MILEAGE: 33 miles and 600+ stairs!
Today we head north for a great ride outside the park. We will shuttle a quick four miles to the north entrance and start riding from the town of Gardiner, which is on the banks of the Yellowstone River. We have just as much of a chance to spot wildlife here as we did in the park, so keep your eyes open for sightings of eagles, elk, deer, coyotes, bears or even wolves. We will continue to have views of the Yellowstone River, with the Gallatin Mountain Range to our west and the Absaroka Range to our east. We will ride to the private resort of Chico Hot Springs where we will have ample opportunity to soak in the natural spring pools and relax. Chico was rated one of the top restaurants in Montana, so dinner will surely be a treat! TOTAL MILEAGE: 33 miles
We will wake up to a soothing soak in the springs before we fuel up on yet another amazing meal at Chico. Our last day of riding takes us through the beautiful Paradise Valley. Again, we will follow the Absaroka Mountain Range and the Yellowstone River where we will stop to have lunch on the bank before we shuttle back to Bozeman. TOTAL MILEAGE: 20 miles
Accommodations may be changed due to availability. Itineraries are subject to change due to weather, road conditions, rider safety, and other factors which may affect the logistics of the trip. Low gears and at least 23c tires are recommended for this trip. Although there is a lot of climbing, super lightweight tires are not appropriate.
Overall Rating: Intermediate/Advanced
Physical Difficulty: Moderate
Altitude: 6,000 - 9,000 feet
For travel logistics and a packing list, please download the complete trip itinerary.