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. Xanterra Parks and Resorts rents bicycles at the Old Faithful location in the park.
Use extreme caution when riding on park roads; roads are winding and narrow while shoulders are either narrow or nonexistent. Vehicle traffic is heavy most of the time. 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), 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 oncoming traffic. Vehicles, especially motor homes or those towing trailers, may have wide mirrors, posing an additional hazard. For more information about bicycling, stop at a visitor center.
Watch our bicycling orientation video to help plan your bicycling expedition 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. Check the camping page to make sure that a campground is open if you are planning a spring or fall visit to Yellowstone.
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. A limited number of campsites are reserved for hikers and bicyclists at all campgrounds with the exception of Slough Creek. Camping is not available at Old Faithful. If you are traveling with a group of bicyclists, call Xanterra prior to your arrival to check on group campsite availability; not all campgrounds can accommodate groups. If you have access to a vehicle, use it to find a campsite in your destination campground early each day.
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 entrance gates when parking at these locations.
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