A Yellowstone National Park bike tour is a otherworldly experience especially if you happen to enjoy wildlife, geysers and fabulous landscapes! This tour spends three days in the National Park and then 4 days in the lesser known, but equally compelling Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. We consider Day 7’s Bear Tooth Pass to be one of our top climbs.
402 km / 250 mi
6-nights of lodging.
Night before and after the tour not included.
Meals include 5-dinners, 6 lunches( daily lunch en route), 6 breakfasts, energy food, liquid refreshments.
A 15-passenger van and trailer that carries luggage, food and equipment .
Cue sheets with directions, profiles and locations of aid stations are given out for each stage.
Group discount of $200 per person for groups of 4 or more.
Easy = untrained, normal physical condition Moderate = regular cyclist, good condition Challenging = experienced, well trained
Guided = with cycling guide(s) - support van Self Guided = individual - directions+maps
60-80 km / 37-50 mi
402 km / 250 mi
Deluxe = 4-5 star hotel or excellent B&B Basic = 1-2 star hotel/motel or B&B Camping = tent, sports hall or campus
Deluxe, full board
Daily luggage transfers
18 Aug 2019 - 24 Aug 2019 16 Aug 2020 - 22 Aug 2020
Scott CR-1 Pro and Scott Solace carbon road bikes with full Shimano Ultegra components for only $250/week.
We now have a limited selection of SCOTT electric bikes that can be reserved for our tours. These are road bikes with straight bars that make the slowest rider the fastest rider in the group. Rental Price is $375/week.
If you travel alone a single supplement is charged. With some group tours you can avoid a single supplement by sharing a room with another rider.
DAY 0: Arrival in Bozeman
Riders either drive or fly to Bozeman, Montana. If flying, the airport is Yellowstone International Airport (BZN).
DAY 1: West Yellowstone to Canyon Village
Ride: 44 miles with up to 2,910 feet of climbing
After a morning shuttle from Belgrade to West Yellowstone, MT through the picturesque Gallatin River Canyon (‘A River Runs Through It’ was filmed here!), we start our ride from the West Entrance of Yellowstone National Park and begin our journey into the park, but keep a look out for the commonly sighted bison and elk, often right in the middle of the road! Also keep a keen eye for the more elusive grizzly bear, or perhaps even some wolves! This is wild and rugged terrain where wildlife abounds amid the beauty of Mother Nature and her geothermal wonders. We also urge you to stop at the many pullouts to take in the wonders of this magnificent place.
DAY 2: Devil’s Den Out and Back
Morning Ride: 33 miles with up to 3,660 feet of climbing
Afternoon Hike: Optional hike around the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
With a layover day at Canyon Village, in the morning we will embark on a 33 mile out and back ride from our lodging, over Dunraven Pass and then past Mt. Washburn. Our turnaround point is at the Yellowstone Tower General Stores in Devil’s Den – so named for the “hellish” lava flows that buried this area eons ago. Along our route you can expect to see much wildlife, perhaps even a grizzly bear!
In the afternoon there will be an optional hike around the nearby Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone – an amazing 900 foot deep canyon carved into the ancient rock by the Yellowstone River that offers picturesque views of waterfalls and deeply eroded golden red rock formations. While Yellowstone National Park is best known for it’s geysers and thermal water features, the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone is a relatively hidden gem that must be visited to be appreciated. It’s simply gorgeous!
DAY 3: Canyon Village to Lower Geyser Basin
Standard: 68 miles with up to 3,845 feet of climbing
Lower Mileage: 47 miles with up to 1,920 feet of climbing
Starting from Canyon Village, today’s route will ride counter-clockwise along a large portion of the Grand Loop Road to the Lower Geyser Basin. There are many sights along the way including geysers, hot pools, mud pots, and of course, the iconic Old Faithful. We urge you to take the time to get off the bike to explore many of these road side attractions. After lunch in Old Faithful Basin, we continue our route and end the day ends at Grant Village located along the West Thumb of Yellowstone Lake. Those looking for less miles can opt to bump from Old Faithful to our destination.
DAY 4: Grant Village to Cody, Wyoming
101 miles with up to 3,235 feet of climbing
Today offers an epic day on the bike! After a hearty breakfast for the long day ahead, riders depart from the Grant Village, pedal around Yellowstone Lake and exit Yellowstone National Park via the East Entrance. After some moderate climbing for the first half of the route, riders will enjoy losing 4,500 feet along a 60 mile descent as we make our way along the North Fork of the Shoshone River, through the scenic Wapiti Valley, along The Buffalo Bill Cody Scenic Byway, past Buffalo Bill Reservoir to eventually make our way into the rustic western cowboy town of Cody, Wyoming. Wow! What a day!
Note: Lower mileage options exist for this ride by simply taking a bump for the first 40 miles of the ride or by taking a bump between the first and second aid stations. However, look at all that downhill on the 2nd half of the profile below – you definitely want to ride that!
DAY 5: Layover Day – Cody, Wyoming
Optional 52 mile ride and/or hiking
Today is a layover day in Cody, Wyoming. There will be an optional “South Fork Out and Back” ride offered today for those that want to keep up their daily pedaling. Other activities can include exploring the old western downtown area, attending a real western rodeo, exploring the Buffalo Bill museum of the west, hiking on nearby trails or simply relaxing.
DAY 6: Chief Joseph Scenic Byway
Standard: 47-miles with 3,000-feet of climbing
E.F.I. Option: 77 miles with up to 7,300 feet of climbing
Today offer possibly the most scenic riding of the entire week as we cruise along the Chief Joseph Scenic Byway and dip into Montana at the end of the ride. The standard plan is to start with a quick shuttle (to avoid less scenic riding) and drop cyclists at the base of the climb of Chief Joseph Pass. NOTE: Chief Joesph pass was newly paved in the summer of 2017! The tarmac is smooth and fast
For the E.F.I. rider today is certainly the “queen stage” of the week with over 8,000′ of climbing and a HC (beyond category) 10 mile climb to Chief Joseph pass.
Of course there will be plenty of opportunities to “bump” ahead for those not wanting to put in all the miles or climbs allowing those riders to literally cherry pick the best of the best along today’s route.
We will conclude the ride at Cooke City, Montana and check into the Soda Butte Lodge for the final night of our week-long adventure. It’s hard to believe that the week is almost over as we share one last dinner together in this truly wondrous place.
DAY 7: Beartooth Pass to Red Lodge, MT
Standard: 44 miles with 4,200-feet of climbing
E.F.I. Option: 64-miles with up to 5,400 feet of climbing
It would not be a classic tour without a classic ending… and today is the day! With an early morning start, we’ll take on the mighty Beartooth Highway and head northeast up to Beartooth Pass maxing out at nearly 11,000′ elevation. The climb is long and gradual and the views are amazing! As we past tree line on our ascent, we’ll ride past dozens of fresh water lakes sprinkled throughout the barren landscape where there is often snow pack at these altitudes year round. We consider Beartooth Pass a top three climb of all the climbs in all the itineraries we offer! When one reaches the top of Beartooth Pass they just don’t go down, they get to go across an alpine landscapes for miles before descending. Up high above the trees the views and wildflowers are tremendous.
At the top of Beartooth Pass we’ll stop for lunch with 100+ mile views in all directions – it is truly spectacular! Post lunch will be a mind boggling 27 mile twisty descent to the town of Red Lodge, Montana… this is one ride you are certainly not going to forget. Upon arrival in Red Lodge, we end at Red Lodge Ales to toss back a few celebratory brews and then pack up to shuttle back to Bozeman to end the tour.
What an incredible week!
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