Map of Cycle the Grand Teton & Yellowstone National Parks including United States Of America

Cycle past thermal pools, mountains, rivers and geysers galore

Combine cycling with spouting geysers, thermal pools, mighty rivers and memorable hikes in two of the USA’s most iconic National Parks. Cycle alongside fast-flowing rivers, ride past multihued thermal pools and geysers in Yellowstone National Park, and marvel at the jagged peaks of the Grand Tetons. With great weather and scenery, the cycling in these national parks is second to none. Off the bike you’ll find some of the country’s best hiking as well as small towns and friendly locals – this cycling adventure takes in the best of it all at a pace everyone can enjoy.


Start
Bozeman, United States
Finish
Jackson Hole, United States
Destination
United States
Style
Original
Theme
Cycling
Code
SSXY
Physical rating
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 12

Why you'll love this trip

  • Ride past multihued thermal pools and geysers, the steaming waters of Hot and Firehole Lakes, and the White Dome and Old Faithful Geysers.

  • Keep an eye out for bison, elk, and perhaps a grizzly bear as you cycle through the Hayden Valley, one of Yellowstone’s best places to spot wildlife.

  • Take a short hike along the West Thumb Geyser Basin Trail to witness the surreal Lakeshore Geyser bubbling away in Lake Yellowstone.

  • Cycle with the jagged peaks of the Grand Tetons on your right and wide, open plains on your left in Grand Teton National Park.

  • Hike along the rim of Yellowstone’s Grand Canyon to enjoy spectacular views of the thundering Upper Falls, Artist Point and, of course, the canyon itself.

Is this trip right for you?

  • This trip is new to our range this year. And while we have thoroughly researched every detail of the logistics, new destinations and working with new partners can sometimes throw us some unexpected surprises. More often than not, it’ll be a great surprise. But every now and again there might be a hiccup. We like to think that’s what puts the ‘adventure’ in ‘adventure travel’.

  • Please ensure you consult your local government’s advice regarding domestic travel prior to booking this trip.

  • To complete this trip it is important that you are both confident and competent in riding a bicycle. While the cycling distances on this trip are relatively short, the terrain can sometimes be hilly so you’ll need a reasonable level of fitness to enjoy the trip – but remember, we will always have the support vehicle on hand if you need to take a break for an hour or a day.

  • This trip deliberately involves a fair amount of driving – this is designed that you only cycle the very best places and none of the 'transit' legs in-between.

  • For groups of less than six travellers we have a single leader that drives the support vehicle alongside the group. For larger groups we have a separate driver and the leader will cycle all routes. Where the vehicle cannot travel directly with the cyclists (e.g. a cyclists-only path) your leader will assign a person from the group to act as a backmarker. As our riding is done mostly on sealed roads with the occasional gravel cycle path there are no technical cycling skills required – but given the occasional hills involved, we do suggest practicing riding downhill so you are comfortable with this once the trip begins. If you feel like doing all the riding but with less effort, you have the option of hiring an electric bike (e-bike) on this trip.

Itinerary

Welcome to Bozeman, outdoor enthusiast’s paradise, gateway to Yellowstone National Park, and fast becoming one of the ‘coolest small towns in America’. Your trip begins with a midday welcome meeting with your guide and fellow travellers. Afterwards, get fitted for your bike then embark on an afternoon ride around town then up the quiet road through the serene Kelly Canyon. Along the way, you'll pass one of Lewis and Clark's campsites, which probably doesn't look too different now than it did in the early 1800s. Once the hill is done, ride alongside Bridger Creek and into the scenic Bridger Canyon, keeping a keen eye out for the iconic white stone ‘College M’ sign along the way. Perhaps stop for refreshments at the friendly Ghost Town Coffee Roasters before finishing your ride back in central Bozeman. The rest of the evening is free for you to explore this eclectic and vibrant town and its stunning array of shops, cafes, breweries, bars, and restaurants.
Accommodation
  • Hotel/Motel (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Special Information
Today’s total riding distance is approximately 43 kms/27 miles, with 490 m/1607 feet of overall elevation gain.

It’s very important that you attend the welcome meeting at 12pm as we will be collecting insurance and emergency contact details at this time. If you are going to be late please let your travel agent or hotel reception know. Ask reception or look for a note in the lobby for more information on where the meeting will take place.
After breakfast, enjoy stunning backdrops and towering mountain scenery on the drive to Yellowstone National Park. Begin your ride through this iconic landscape, with a mostly flat journey alongside the Madison River before cycling along the quiet Firehole Canyon Road as it tracks the fast-moving Firehole River (and maybe stop for a swim if times allows). From here, you’ll cycle past multihued thermal pools and geysers, the steaming copper-coloured waters of Hot and Firehole Lakes, and the regularly erupting White Dome Geyser before parking the bikes and take a short but remarkable walk past the Excelsior Geyser Crater to the rainbow-coloured Grand Prismatic Spring. After viewing this spectacular site, its back on to your bike for one last ride to the granddaddy of all geysers, Old Faithful. Rest your legs as you wait for the high plume of boiling water to erupt before jumping into the support vehicle and driving to the east part of the park for the night.
Accommodation
  • Hotel/Motel (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
Today’s total riding distance is approximately 55 kms/34 miles, with 380 m/1250 feet of overall elevation gain. Total driving time is 2 hours.
After breakfast, enjoy a scenic drive to the small village of Fishing Bridge, located at the northern tip of Yellowstone Lake. It’s time to saddle up for a very different ride to yesterday, as you follow the Yellowstone River upstream through verdant green landscape before riding into the vast open expanses of the Hayden Valley, one of Yellowstone’s best place to spot wildlife. Keep an eye out for bison, elk, and perhaps a grizzly bear. Then it’s time to pull on your hiking shoes and explore Yellowstone’s Grand Canyon which is 20 miles long and up to 4,000-feet wide and 1,200-feet deep in places as the Yellowstone river cuts it way through the multi-hued rock. Hike along the south rim of the canyon to enjoy spectacular views of the thundering Upper Falls, Artist Point and, of course, the canyon itself. At the end of the hike your vehicle will be waiting to take to back to East Yellowstone, where you can spend an evening relaxing.
Accommodation
  • Hotel/Motel (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
Today’s total riding distance is approximately 27 kms/17 miles, with 270 m/880 feet of overall elevation gain. Total driving time is 1.5 hours.
After breakfast leave the hotel and transport back to Lake Yellowstone and the tiny Lake Village where you’ll start riding. Today is a leisurely ride, first hugging the shoreline and then following the tree-lines road that shadows the contours of the lake all the way down to West Thumb on the western shores. Take a short hike along the West Thumb Geyser Basin Trail to witness the surreal Lakeshore Geyser bubbling away in Lake Yellowstone then cycle on to nearby Grant Village where your ride concludes. From here, it is time to say goodbye to Yellowstone as you board the vehicle for the 1 hour drive south along the John J Rockefeller Jr Memorial Parkway to Moran, the gateway to the Grand Teton National Park. This is a spectacular drive as you drop down to the calm waters of Jackson Lake reflecting the jagged Grand Teton mountain range, before settling into your hotel for the evening.
Accommodation
  • Hotel/Motel (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
Today’s total riding distance is approximately 36 kms/22 miles, with 270 m/880 feet of overall elevation gain. Total driving time is 1.5 hours.
Start today with a short drive to one of the highlights of Grand Teton National Park, the tranquil Jenny Lake. Cycle from the Jenny Lake Overview and down the valley with the jagged peaks of the Grand Tetons on your right and open plains on your left. Cross the braided Snake River and follow the vehicle-free cycle path south into the skiing mecca of Jackson, perhaps stopping for a quick coffee and pastry in one of the many cafes that dot the town. Re-cross the Snake River and cycle north along the base of the mountains back to the small community of Moose where today’s ride concludes. At 73 kms (45 miles), this is the longest ride on the trip but the inspiring views, car-free cycle paths and mostly flat terrain make for an incredibly enjoyable day. After the ride, take the short transfer back to the hotel with plenty of time to relax and reflect on an amazing day out on your bike.
Accommodation
  • Hotel/Motel (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
Today’s total riding distance is approximately 73 kms/45 miles, with 270 m/880 feet of overall elevation gain. Total driving time is approximately 1 hour.
Today’s short ride follows a familiar start as retrace your tyre tracks from Day 5 – this time by vehicle - back to Jackson to commence your final ride. Leaving town behind, follow the smooth and car-free Jackson Hole Community Pathway south through Wilson Canyon – with wonderful views back to the mountains - to meet Henrys Road. This innocuous-sounding name hides that fact that this is one of the most spectacular trails in the region as the gravel then bitumen road hugs the barren hillside directly above the fast-flowing, serpentine Snake River. This inspiring ride finishes where the road ends, then it’s time to board the support vehicle for the short drive back to Jackson, where your trip finishes on arrival.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
Today’s total riding distance is approximately 20 kms/12 miles, with 140 m/450 feet of overall elevation gain. Today’s total driving time is approximately 30 minutes.

Meals

5 breakfasts

Transport

Bicycle (e-bike option available, subject to availability), Support Vehicle

Accommodation

Simple Hotel/Motel (5 nights)

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