Photo courtesy of Todd Kipfer
From late March or early April bicycling, walking, jogging, roller blades, roller skis and similar means of non-motorized public travel may be permitted between the West Entrance and Mammoth Hot Springs prior to these roads opening to motorized public travel.
Snow removal efforts may also allow for a brief period of bicycle access into the park from the East Entrance to the east end of Sylvan Pass (6 miles from the entrance) and the South Entrance (to West Thumb Jct) depending on road conditions for these early spring activities.
The first day of "spring bicycling" is never predetermined and is dependent on road conditions as determined by park staff. Motorized administrative travel by authorized employees and park contractors, including large construction-related vehicles, will occur during the spring bicycling period and rules of the road, including single file travel, remain in effect.
During the spring bicycling period public travel towards Old Faithful is PROHIBITED south of the Madison Junction restroom and picnic area, and from Norris Junction to Canyon. ONLY authorized administrative travel may occur on these sections of road.
Cyclists are REQUIRED to:
Cyclists are asked to:
An entrance fee is charged at the North Entrance. The road from the North Entrance at Gardiner, Montana, to Cooke City, Montana, at the park's Northeast Entrance, is open all year to cyclists and automobiles, weather permitting. The only campground open this time of year is at Mammoth Hot Springs.
The following list may help you prepare for a safe outing:
The information on this page is also available in a one page flyer: Bicycling in Spring (355 KB pdf)
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