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Yellowstone Opens Beautiful 49-Mile Bicycling Route On April 2

Yellowstone National Park announced the opening of a 49-mile route for bicycling enthusiasts starting Tuesday, April 2. This early season opportunity allows riders to journey from the West Entrance in West Yellowstone to Mammoth Hot Springs, embracing the scenic beauty amidst the challenges of spring weather.

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The park has designated the following roads for bicycling: from the West Entrance to Madison Junction, Madison Junction to Norris Junction, and Norris Junction to Mammoth Hot Springs.

As weather permits, a 6-mile stretch from the East Entrance to the east end of Sylvan Pass will also be open for bicyclists. Updates on bicycling routes can be found on the park’s bicycling web page.

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However, the park cautions that bicycles are restricted from other park roads until April 19, when roads open to public automobile traffic. Visitors are encouraged to check for spring road opening dates.

Safety Tips for Riders in Yellowstone emphasizes safety for all bicyclists. Riders are advised to:

  • Ride in single file and exercise extreme caution due to the presence of administrative vehicles, including snowplows and contractor traffic.
  • Be mindful of wildlife, such as bears, bison, elk, and moose, which may be on the roads. Visitors should keep a safe distance—100 yards from bears and wolves and 25 yards from other wildlife.
  • Carry and know how to use bear spray.
  • Only travel during daylight hours, noting that overnight accommodations and camping are currently unavailable within the park.

Additionally, cyclists should be prepared for sudden weather changes and possible temporary road closures. Between the West Entrance and Mammoth Hot Springs, no services, except limited restrooms, will be available. In Mammoth Hot Springs, the post office, general store, visitor center, medical clinic, and self-service fuel pumps will remain open.

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The park advises visitors to be prepared for self-rescue or repair situations due to sparse and unreliable cell phone coverage throughout the area. Cyclists should also be ready to face extended periods in winter conditions if faced with a mechanical breakdown, injury, or other emergencies.

This initiative offers a unique way to experience Yellowstone’s natural beauty before the busy summer season, appealing to adventure seekers and nature enthusiasts.

Author: Alec Sills-Trausch

Title: Founder of Explore with Alec

Expertise: Hiking, Backpacking, Photography, and Road Trips

Alec Sills-Trausch is a hiker, backpacker, landscape photographer, and syndicated travel writer. He enjoys showing off the beauty of the world through his photos, videos, and written work on ExploreWithAlec.com. Alec is also a 2x cancer survivor and bone marrow transplant recipient, showing the world that there is a future from this terrible disease.

He lives in Washington, where he gets to enjoy the stunning PNW mountains in addition to all the other places he attempts to visit each year! You can see more work on IG at @AlecOutside