Watch our bicycling orientation video to help plan your bicycling expedition in Yellowstone.
If you plan to bring one, remember it is subject to the same traffic rules as automobiles. Bicycling is permitted on established public roads, parking areas, and designated routes. Bikes are prohibited on backcountry trails and boardwalks. Xanterra Parks and Resorts rent 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 that safety gear, including helmet and high visibility clothing, be worn by all bicyclists. 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.
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.
Biker / Hiker Campsites
Camping for bicyclists is limited to the developed campgrounds located throughout the park. Campsites are available by reservation and on a first come, first served basis.
The distances separating campgrounds and the fact that the campgrounds typically fill early each day during the peak visitation season will 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.
Bicyclists camping without a vehicle can use designated hiker/biker sites in the campgrounds. Opening and closing dates vary considerably for each campground. Check the camping page to make sure that a campground is open if you are planning a spring or fall visit to Yellowstone.
Routes Restricted to Bicycle and Foot Travel Only
- 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 Area
- Riverside Trail from entrance to Barnes Road (1.4 miles).
Old Faithful Area
- Fountain Freight Road is located 6 miles north of Old Faithful. Mountain bikes recommended (5.5 miles).
- Daisy Geyser cut-off to Biscuit Basin.
- 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).
- 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).
- 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 Bicycling: Bicycle in the spring before the roads open to automobile traffic.
- Fall Bicycling: Bicycle in November after most of the roads have closed to wheeled vehicles.
- Bicycling Video: Watch our orientation video about bicycling in Yellowstone.
- Commercial Bicycling Trips: See who provides guided bicycle trips in Yellowstone.