Bicycling at Yellowstone
Bicycling is permitted on established public roads, parking areas, and designated routes. Rugged bikers who can navigate the park’s rough terrain, large numbers of cars and RV trailers, and inclement weather, are sure to experience an adventurous day. Less-hardy bicyclists will enjoy the bicycle-only trails that are extraordinarily peaceful and environmentally-friendly.
Bicycling Routes – Yellowstone offers a great array of gravel roads for mountain biking, including Old Gardiner Road and Blacktail Plateau Drive. Bikers will share these roads with cars, so they are best suited for mature and experienced bikers.
Yellowstone does offer a number of routes that are restricted to bicycle and foot travel only. These trails are perfect for less experienced bikers, seniors, and families with small children.
West Entrance Area – West Entrance area has the Riverside Trail which runs from the entrance to Barnes Road (1.4 miles).
Lake Area – The Lake area has two trails for bikers: Natural Bridge Road near Bridge Bay (1 mile), and 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 – The Tower area has one trail beginning at Mount Washburn from the Chittenden Road parking area to the summit of Mount Washburn (3 miles).
Visitors to the park can bring their own bikes, or they can be rented by Xanterra Parks and Resorts at their Old Faithful location. The park recommends that bikers wear safety gear, including helmet and high visibility clothing, and that visitors use extreme caution when riding on park roads. Additionally, high snow banks (April-June) and road elevations make biking dangerous, so visitors who want to take the most out of their biking tour of Yellowstone, should take time to plan their vacation according to their fitness and adventure level.