Yellowstone permits bicycling, including the use of e-bikes, on established public roads, parking areas, and designated routes. Electric or pedal-assist bikes are considered to be bikes (as opposed to motor vehicles).
Yellowstone National Park has identified that spring bicycling on the South Entrance Road poses a significant risk to bicyclists due to the narrow roadway and lack of road shoulders.
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Our organization has dedicated its time and effort to offer a safe, once in a lifetime cycling event, encouraging riders of all ages to stay active and enjoy our National Park. Safety is a priority for us, and the record number of visitors to Yellowstone National Park poses challenges we cannot overcome with our limited resources.
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.
Biking in Yellowstone National Park makes for an incredible way to see the park from a different viewpoint (and get a great workout in!). We recommend biking in the less busy spring season, but even during lighter traffic weeks when the roads are still closed to the public, be aware of your surroundings.
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Even after Yellowstone’s roads open to motorized traffic, the cycling in the Park is good. Most of the roads in Yellowstone have a wide enough shoulder to provide safe riding although it is also true that some sections of road have no shoulder.
Cycling and Mountain Biking The Yellowstone region is full of mountain ranges and public lands, all of which beckon mountain biking enthusiasts to take their fat tires out for a spin. Or try the challenging courses at some the area’s adventure resorts.
Yellowstone is a great place for scenic rides. Bicycles can move along the public roads, parking areas, and designated routes, but it is forbidden to cycle on backcountry trails and boardwalks. Bear in mind that there are no bicycle paths on the roads as they are too narrow and the traffic is heavy almost all the time.