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The Complete Guide To Biking In Yellowstone

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Looking for a unique way to see Yellowstone National Park?  Plan on bringing your bike on your next visit to Yellowstone and exploring some of the most beautiful places in the west, from the speed and comfort of your bike.  

While driving through Yellowstone is nice, biking through Yellowstone is absolutely amazing since it allows you to slow down and really soak in the scenery with all it’s sights, sounds, and smells!

dad and baby biking through Yellowstone

While bikes are technically allowed anywhere that cars are allowed in Yellowstone, we DO NOT recommend riding on regular roads in Yellowstone.  The roads in Yellowstone have almost no shoulder for bikes to ride safely on, and the drivers in Yellowstone are some of the most distracted EVER (many are focusing much more on looking for wildlife than on watching the road).  Keep yourself safe and stick to designated bike routes within Yellowstone.

We recently had a family reunion up in Yellowstone and our group had over 20 of us on bikes ranging from age 2 to age 65, so there really is something for all ages to bike in Yellowstone.

Read: 10 Awesome Adventures To Do With Kids In Yellowstone

Biking in yellowstone Guide

Best Time Of Year For Biking In Yellowstone

If you’re planning on biking in Yellowstone, you’ll want to pay attention to when you visit the park.  Yellowstone is the most crowded from early June until Labor day and the traffic on the roads is almost always heavy then.  However, traffic is significantly lighter in May and September when the weather is still nice, but the crowds of tourists haven’t arrived yet.  If you’re looking for the best time to bike in Yellowstone, May and September are the absolute best months.  

From late October until April, most of the park is covered in snow so biking isn’t possible then anyway.  If you can, plan on biking Yellowstone in the late spring or early fall.

There is also a short period of time every fall and spring when the roads of the park are closed to cars, but are open to bikes.  Check out the Yellowstone Biking site for more information.  

Can I Go Mountain Biking In Yellowstone?

While you are allowed to ride a mountain bike in Yellowstone, there are no singletrack mountain bike trails in Yellowstone.  There are, however, many singletrack trails just outside of the national park boundaries (check out the TrailForks app for current trail conditions).

Can Kids Bike in Yellowstone?

kids biking in Yellowstone

Yes, kids can absolutely bike in Yellowstone and they’ll probably love every minute of it.  Instead of hiking for an hour, our kids were thrilled to be biking 20 minutes to check out the geysers, and love the thrill of downhill rides through the forest.  For kids who are not experienced enough on a bike to ride a couple of miles, consider a bike trailer, bike seat, or a tag-along bike. Biking Yellowstone with kids is an adventure that they won’t soon forget!

Camping Benefits of Biking In Yellowstone

Yellowstone is one of the most difficult places to find a campground in the entire United States.  Most campgrounds fill up close to a year in advance, and the walk in campsites are often taken shortly after sunrise.  

If you’re looking for a good way to camp in Yellowstone where you have a good chance of getting a campground, consider bikepacking in Yellowstone.  Bikepacking is similar to hiking backpacking, where you carry all your camping gear with you on your bike.  Most of the campgrounds in Yellowstone have a certain number of sites that are designated for bike in campers, making bikepacking Yellowstone a great way to get to camp in the park.  

Safety Tips For Biking In Yellowstone

Biking in Yellowstone can be an amazing experience, but you do need to do a few things to keep yourself safe.  Our favorite biking with kids site, BikingKids.com has lots of tips you should check out as well. Here are a few things to remember for safe biking in Yellowstone National Park:

yellowstone family biking
  • Always wear a properly fitting helmet
  • Wear bright colored clothing.  Even if you’ll mostly be avoiding roads, it’s important that you’re extra visible in parking lots and along trails while biking.
  • Always carry bear spray.  
  • Carry an extra tube, tire levers, and a small pump for emergency tire repairs
  • Have a basic first aid kit with you
  • Carry plenty of water and snacks.  Yellowstone can get very hot during the day, so be prepared.
  • Equip your bike with front and rear lights if you are riding on the roads or if you will be out at dark

Best Bike Trails In Yellowstone

There are several amazing bike trails for families in Yellowstone, as well as for riders of all ages and abilities.  Many of the trails are nearby some great Yellowstone hiking trails for kids. Here are some of the best bike trails in Yellowstone:

Old Faithful To Morning Glory Pool Bike Path

A visit to Yellowstone wouldn’t be complete without a stop at Old Faithful.  Fly by the crowds on your bike and explore the whole geyser basin.  While bikes are limited to the main roads, biking Old Faithful is a great way to check out all the local geysers as well as go all the way down to Morning Glory Pool with it’s stunning colors.  The full ride is 2 miles RT and is slightly uphill on the return.

biking old faithful

Biking To Lone Star Geyser

This may be my favorite Yellowstone biking trail and I would easily classify this as the best bike trail in Yellowstone.  I love this ride because most of it is in the shade, thanks to all the forest trees, and the end is simply spectacular.  The ride goes up a dirt road with a few hills and ends at the Lone Star Geyser.  Lone Star is one of the least crowded geysers in Yellowstone and when we were there, there were only about 10 other people at the geyser, which was a breath of fresh air after visiting some of the other geyser areas.  Kids will love biking on this trail as the whole ride back is downhill.  Total ride length is 3.5 miles RT.  

biking to lone star geyser

Mount Washburn Bike Trail

Mount Washburn is a popular Yellowstone trail for hiking because it has fantastic views of Yellowstone.  Instead of hiking up the mountain, ride up from the Chittenden Road parking area.  Make sure that everyone in your group knows how to use their gears well as this Yellowstone bike trail is a pretty decent climb. At the end, you’ll be rewarded with amazing views!

biking yellowstone

Riverside Bike Trail, West Yellowstone

If you’re anxious to get on your bikes as soon as possible, check out the Riverside Bike Trail, just inside the west entrance of Yellowstone, alongside the Madison River.  This trail is a gravel road (mountain bikes or knobby tires are best here) and takes you along the river to enjoy some stunning scenery.  Often Elk, deer and moose can be seen along the riverbanks, so enjoy watching them from a distance.  This trail is great for kids since it’s fairly level.

girl biking in Yellowstone

Old Gardner Road Trail

If you’re coming in through the North entrance of Yellowstone, consider biking the Old Gardner Road trail.  THis trail starts behind the Mammoth Hot Springs hotel and continues all the way to the north entrance.  This is a great smooth trail and is fantastic for biking with kids in Yellowstone.  

Areas Around Yellowstone

If you’re planning to spend extra time around Yellowstone, we highly recommend visiting Big Sky Montana, or heading south to Grand Teton for hiking and outdoor adventure. If you have several extra days, then drive up to Glacier National Park for some of the best mountain scenery and hiking in the US.

Are Ebikes Allowed in Yellowstone?

Yes, ebikes are allowed in Yellowstone and are classified just like regular bikes.  Ebikes in Yellowstone are allowed anywhere regular bikes are.

Can you bike into Yellowstone?

Yes, you can bike directly into Yellowstone.  The fee to enter Yellowstone by bike is $20 and the fee to drive in is $35.  While you can bike into Yellowstone, it’s important to note that most of the popular sites are quite far from the entrance stations, so they may be difficult to quickly see by bike. 

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