Yellowstone Opens to Bicycles Today
Written by Andrew-Rossi on March 29, 2019
Despite the threat of snow, at least some portions of Yellowstone are set to open today.
Today marks the opening day for bicyclists willing to brave the unpredictable elements of spring in Yellowstone National Park. 49 miles of park roads from the West Entrance to Mammoth Hot Springs are accessible on two wheels – but only if those two wheels are powered by people. Electric or pedal-assist bikes are not allowed on park roads when they are closed to motorized, public travel.
As conditions allow, bicycles will also be permitted from the East Entrance to the east end of Sylvan Pass, and the South Entrance to West Thumb. Riders are directed to check the Spring and Fall Bicycling web page for road segment status.
There is no bicycle access to Old Faithful or Canyon until those interior park roads open to public motorized vehicle access on Friday, April 19. Check the Park Roads web page for 2019 spring opening dates to public vehicles.
Bicyclists are urged to be extra cautious when riding in Yellowstone. Snowplows are still working, and this time of year weather can change quickly. Snow and ice are still covering sections of roads, and no services are available. Additionally, riders can expect to encounter bears, bison, elk, wolves, and other wildlife.