Commercial Use Authorization for Guided Biking: Operating Plan

General Provisions

1) The CUA for Biking allows the CUA holder to conduct guided road-based bicycle tours and front country hiking on boardwalk areas and trails less than ½ mile from the road.

2) Camping is available in designated front country campgrounds. Overnight backcountry use is not authorized under this CUA.

3) Bicycle tours are only permitted when the roads are open to wheeled vehicles. Biking on over-snow roads is prohibited. Commercial bicycle tours are prohibited during pre- and post-season road openings.

4) CUA holders are limited 30 clients per day. Maximum group size is 15, excluding guide. Groups must be dispersed 60 minutes apart. Each group must have at least one guide.

5) The CUA holder shall obey all traffic laws including park speed limits.

6) The guide for any trip, within the park, must have a basic knowledge of map reading, and must have a road map for the area of their trip.

7) Bicycle tours are permitted in the park only on improved public road segments, parking areas, and routes. Improved road segments are generally areas that have a paved road shoulder. The following are the only road segments approved for commercial bicycle tours. The following is a list of “permitted” roads. As road improvements are made, additional roadways may be added to this list:

- West Entrance to Madison Junction
- Madison Junction to Old Faithful
- Old Faithful to West Thumb Junction (continuing south to Grant Village)
- West Thumb Junction to Fishing Bridge Junction
- Fishing Bridge Junction to the East Entrance
- Fishing Bridge Junction to Canyon Junction
- Canyon Junction (including the North and South Rim Drives) to Norris Junction
- Norris to Madison Junction

8) Commercial bicycle tours are allowed on the routes outlined in "Bicycling in Yellowstone National Park." Bicycles are prohibited on all other boardwalks and on backcountry trails. The CUA holder must comply in full with the information provided in "Bicycling in Yellowstone National Park."

9) Cyclist must ride single file, on the right-hand side of the road; riding bicycles abreast on a public park roadway is prohibited.

10) The CUA holder is responsible for ensuring that all clients are safely equipped and properly clothed prior to the trip. Clients under the age of 12 must be supervised by an adult while biking in the park.

11) All guides and clients are required to wear a bicycle helmet when riding that meets the standards set by the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

12) Bicycles must exhibit a white light on the front and a red light or reflector on the rear during periods of low visibility.

Last updated: January 6, 2017

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