Glacier to Yellowstone (Camping)An epic cycling-camping trip from Glacier to Yellowstone
Experience Montana’s bucket-list rides on this point-to-point camping tour of Glacier and Yellowstone national parks.
Our Montana-based crew loves to show off our backyard, and on this point-to-point camping trip, you’ll understand why. Pack on big miles and take in the breathtaking views of glaciers, craggy cliffs and rivers as we pedal over Going-to-the-Sun Road in Glacier National Park and climb to almost 11,000 feet on Beartooth Pass. And just because we’re sleeping in tents doesn’t mean our meals are any less gourmet – our chefs still prepare the healthy, hearty meals we’re known for, sourcing local food from farmers markets along the way. Finish each day around the campfire with an ice-cold beer from Missoula’s Big Sky Brewing Company. This camping tour is our more adventurous option, but if indoors is more your style, check out the Glacier to Yellowstone hotel trip here.
- Seven days of guided, supported rides through Western Montana
- Tent and gear setup in each location
- Chef-prepared, daily meals featuring local Montana produce and baked goods
- Enjoy two bucket-list routes: Going-to-the-Sun Road in Glacier National Park and Beartooth Pass
- Explore quaint Montana towns including Dupuyer, White Sulphur Springs and Red Lodge
Our chefs don’t see camping trips as a challenge. They take it as an opportunity to create high-quality meals that taste even more delicious when eaten around a campfire. We source as much local food as possible, stopping at farmers markets along the way and working with a farm in the Flathead Valley to provide our dairy. Our bread and pastries are baked fresh at Le Petit Outre in Missoula, and we provide an abundance of beer from Missoula’s Big Sky Brewing Company.
Whether you’ve never camped or just haven’t camped in a while, The Cycling House staff will be there to make it easy to get a comfortable night’s sleep under the Big Sky. If you don’t have your own gear, we have the option to rent sleeping pads and sleeping bags.
Welcome to Montana!
Riders arrive at Glacier Park International Airport (FCA), and we’ll shuttle to our first destination in West Glacier, where we’ll check-in and pick up gear. Lunch will be served upon arrival, then we’ll build and fit bikes and do a tent setup and camping tutorial. We’ll head out on an afternoon spin on Camas Road along the southwestern border of the park. On the way back, we’ll take a short detour to the middle fork of the Flathead River for a plunge in the crystal clear glacial waters. We’ll finish the day with a tour briefing before our first night under the Big Sky!
Arrival spin in West Glacier: 29 miles, 1,770 feet of climbing
Our first big ride day is on one of the most beautiful roads in North America. We’ll head through Glacier National Park and be rewarded with breathtaking views of u-shaped valleys, mountain lakes, rivers, glaciers and one of the most complete ecosystems in the world. Going-to-the-Sun Road really begins to climb around 25 miles into the ride, with the bulk of the climb totaling just under 11 miles. It gains over 3,000 feet of elevation at an average grade of 5.3%. The views only get better as each pedal stroke takes you closer to the summit of Logan Pass and the Continental Divide. From Logan Pass, it is almost all downhill to St. Mary and St. Mary KOA, where we’ll be staying for the night.
If you are looking for a few additional miles once you arrive in St. Mary, we will offer an option to ride all the way to Many Glacier (22 miles/1,100 feet). We will have a shuttle back to St. Mary KOA.
Going-to-the-Sun Road. West Glacier to East Glacier.
Shorter: 53 miles, 4,153 feet of climbing
Longer: 74 miles, 5,216 feet of climbing
Rocky Mountain Front Range
The views from St. Mary to Dupuyer are dramatic, and the landscape feels like real Montana – you can imagine what it was like when the bison roamed and Lewis and Clark first approached the Rocky Mountains. We’ll stop for lunch in Heart Butte, which is part of the Blackfeet Indian Reservation. We’ll finish in Dupuyer, but don’t pedal too fast or you might miss it, as the town has a population of 86. Fortunately for us, Buffalo Joe’s Saloon & Eatery has a small hotel and a campground that we use on both the indoor and camping versions of the trip. After a hard day’s ride, belly-up to the bar and enjoy a cold Big Sky Brewing beer in a classic Montana town. (Big Sky Brewing sponsors our Montana trips, so we always have plenty on board!)
East Glacier to Dupuyer.
Main route: 85 miles, 4,700 feet of climbing
*Optional shorter route for those who don’t want to ride this much.
Monarch to White Sulphur Springs
We’ll shuttle to Monarch and get off the beaten path on this spectacularly scenic route to White Sulphur Springs. The first 20 miles climb gradually toward the high point of the day – the Showdown Ski area, where we’ll stop for lunch at 7,400 feet. In the afternoon, we’ll take a trip into White Sulphur Springs for a soak in the developed hot springs or to relax by the lake. That evening, The Cycling House chef will serve dinner in the authentic Willow Creek barn, followed by some amazing stargazing!
Monarch to White Sulphur Springs.
53 miles, 3,605 feet of climbing
Yellowstone National Park
Sprinters: This day is for you. We’ll roll from Willow Creek Cabins and pass through Livingston on our way to Chico Hot Springs. At 102 miles, the ride is long, but with only 2,700 feet of climbing, it feels like a welcome relief for the legs. We parallel the Crazy Mountains through a beautiful valley, and finish up at Chico Hot Springs for lunch and a possible soak in the thermal springs.
If your body and legs are feeling a little beat down after three great days of rides, we will offer two shorter options. Both start with a shuttle, and all riders will finish at Chico Hot Springs for lunch.
In the afternoon, we’ll tour through Yellowstone National Park and end up in the remote town of Cooke City.
Shorter: ~50 miles
Main: 76 miles, 1,970 feet of climbing
Longer: 102 miles, 2,689 feet of climbing
We decided that doing one bucket-list ride wasn’t enough for this trip, so we added Beartooth Pass. The ride starts in Montana and crosses into Wyoming, climbing many hairpin turns to the summit at 10,947 feet, before circling back into Montana. You’ll get spectacular views of the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness, home to 25 peaks soaring over 12,000 feet. The climb is well worth the effort, considering the endless views and the recently re-paved descent. The ride is reminiscent of the Galibier, a famous route in the Tour de France, with the majority of the climb above tree-line. The trip finishes in the town of Red Lodge for some real small-town Montana fun.
Beartooth Pass Highway: 65 miles, 5,323 feet of climbing
After the last group breakfast, we’ll shuttle those flying out on Sunday to Billings International Airport (BIL), and shuttle back those who drove back to West Glacier.
We’ll be running shuttles to the Billings, MT airport for those that are flying out (1 hr 15 min)
We also have a shuttle back to West Glacier, MT if anybody left a car there or is flying out (fyi, this is 7.5 hrs)
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- Aug 10 - 16 $2,495 / Person
- 6 nights/7 days tent accommodations
- Airport transfers to/from Glacier Park International Airport (start) and Billings International Airport (end)
- All meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner) for 7 days
- Mechanical support, including bike build and breakdown
- Professional trip guides
- Daily sag support
- Ride nutrition products
- High-quality ride photos
What’s Not Included
- Bike rentals
- Café stops
- Gratuity for guides
- Personal shopping
- There will be limited WiFi access on this trip due to the remoteness of Montana.
- Post-ride hot springs soak
- Core/stretching sessions
- Trail runs or hikes
Rent A Bike
Traveling through the airport with a bike—and paying for it to fly—is not everyone’s idea of a fun way to start a vacation. Fortunately, we offer high-quality, full carbon bikes on all of our trips across the United States and Europe. Want to just show up and ride? Just bring your shoes, pedals, helmet, and saddle (if you want), and rent one of ours.
Bring Your Own
Your bike is yours—we get it. Bringing your own bike has obvious advantages in terms of individual comfort. Before your trip, we suggest getting a tune-up at your local bike shop so it’s ready to roll for your week of riding. Once you arrive, we’ll be sure to have our mechanics build it and help with any necessary tweaks. Check out some helpful resources here:
Skip The Bike
If you or your travel partner want to enjoy the trip and explore a new destination without a bike, drop us a line and we’ll discuss options. Some trips are better suited for non-rider participants than others.
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