JACKSON HOLE, WYO – Cyclists willing to brave the unpredictable elements of springtime in the Rockies will find 49 miles of park road available for pedaling in Yellowstone. Beginning today, bikers can travel park roads from the west entrance at West Yellowstone, Montana, to Mammoth Hot Springs.
There is no bicycle access to Old Faithful or Canyon until the first interior park roads open to public motorized vehicle access on Friday, April 21.
Park officials are advising cyclists to be prepared. “The quickly changing weather can be challenging. Snow and ice may still cover sections of road, and tall snow banks may line roads and pullouts,” park spokesperson Morgan Warthin stated in a press release.
Bicyclists are required to ride single file and follow all other rules of the road. Cyclists should expect to encounter and yield to snowplows or other motorized vehicles operated by park employees or construction workers traveling in conjunction with park operations. Cyclists should also be prepared to encounter bears, bison, elk, wolves, and other wildlife at any time. Riders are strongly encouraged to carry bear spray.
No services are available along these sections of road. Cell phone coverage throughout the park is sparse and unreliable for communicating emergencies. Riders should plan for self-rescue or repair, and be prepared for severe winter conditions for an extended period of time in the event they experience a mechanical breakdown, injury, or other emergency.
More information about spring biking.