Bicycling

Cyclists enjoying Yellowstone
Headed for camp: a limited number of campsites are held for hikers and bicyclists each day at all campgrounds except Fishing Bridge RV Park and Slough Creek. Pictured here: Mammoth Hot Springs Campground.

NPS / Neal Herbert

 

Yellowstone permits bicycling on established public roads, parking areas, and designated routes. It is subject to the same traffic rules as automobiles. Bikes are prohibited on backcountry trails and boardwalks. Yellowstone National Park Lodges rents bicycles at the Old Faithful.

Use extreme caution when riding on park roads. Vehicle traffic can be heavy. The park's winding, narrow roads offer poor visibility and narrow (or nonexistent) shoulders. There are no bicycle paths along roadways.

We strongly recommend wearing safety gear, including helmet and high visibility clothing. During April, May, and June, high snowbanks make travel more dangerous. Road elevations range from 5,300 to 8,860 feet (1615 to 2700 meters) above sea level, and services and facilities are relatively far apart—typically 20 to 30 miles (37 to 56 kilometers).

Motorists frequently do not see bicyclists or fail to give them sufficient space on the road. Drivers sometimes pass on hill crests, blind curves, or in traffic. Vehicles, especially motor homes or those towing trailers, may have wide mirrors, posing an additional hazard.

Camping

The distances separating campgrounds and the fact that the campgrounds typically fill early each day during the peak season pose logistical problems for the bicycle camper in Yellowstone.

Camping for bicyclists is limited to the developed campgrounds located throughout the park. Some sites can be reserved in advance, others are first-come, first-served. A limited number of campsites are held for hikers and bicyclists each day at all campgrounds except Fishing Bridge RV Park and Slough Creek. Check the availability of these sites at the campgrounds themselves.

If you are traveling with a group of bicyclists, contact Yellowstone National Park Lodges prior to your arrival to check on group campsite availability. Not all campgrounds can accommodate groups.

 
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There are numerous bicycling opportunities in Yellowstone, however there are also numerous hazards related to this activity. Join Ranger George for some details.

 

Rides

Several gravel roads are open to both bicycle and automotive traffic. The Old Gardiner Road and Blacktail Plateau Drive allow two-way bike traffic and one-way auto traffic. These roads are best suited for mountain bikes. Please do not block gates when parking at these locations.

The following locations feature roads that are restricted to bicycle and foot traffic:

Mammoth Hot Springs

  • The abandoned railroad bed paralleling the Yellowstone River between Gardiner and the park boundary at Reese Creek (5 miles).
  • Bunsen Peak Road (6 miles) and Golden Gate Service Road between Golden Gate and Joffe Lake (1.5 miles).

West Entrance

  • Riverside Trail from entrance to Barnes Road (1.4 miles).

Old Faithful

  • Fountain Freight Road is located 6 miles north of Old Faithful. Mountain bikes recommended (5.5 miles).
  • The paved trail in front of Old Faithful Lodge to Morning Glory Pool. Bicycles are not allowed on the unpaved trail continuing beyond Morning Glory Pool to Biscuit Basin (2 miles).
  • Lone Star Geyser Road (just past the Kepler Cascades pullout) from the Grand Loop Road to Lone Star Geyser (2 miles).

Lake Area

  • Natural Bridge Road near Bridge Bay (1 mile).
  • The old roadbed near the lakeshore between Lake Hotel and where the roadbed joins the main road south of Lake Junction (1 mile).

Tower Area

  • Mount Washburn from the Chittenden Road parking area to the summit of Mount Washburn (3 miles). Bicycles are NOT permitted on the trail between the summit and Dunraven Pass parking area.

Spring & Fall Bicycling

Every spring and fall, bicycling may be permitted on park roads while they’re closed to motorized, public travel. Roads will not be free of cars during these times: bicyclists will encounter employees, contractors, plows, and other administrative vehicles on the roads. Read more about spring and fall bicycling.

 

Last updated: March 28, 2018

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