Glacier to Yellowstone (Hotels)Our most epic and difficult journey across Montana
Experience Montana’s bucket-list rides on this point-to-point tour of Glacier and Yellowstone national parks.
Our Montana-based crew loves to show off our backyard, and on this challenging point-to-point trip, you’ll understand why. (Note: If you’re interested in the adventurous camping version of this trip, check out the Glacier to Yellowstone camping tour here.) Pack on big miles and take in 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. Outside of the fully supported rides, you’ll enjoy a combination of Cycling House chef-prepared food – sourced locally as much as possible – and meals at local restaurants.
- Six days of guided, supported rides through Western Montana
- Comfortable motel or lodge accommodations every night
- Chef-prepared or local restaurant meals each day featuring 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
You’ll eat a combination of Cycling House chef-prepared food and meals at our favorite local restaurants. 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
On our journey through rural Montana, we’ll stay in a mix of historic lodges and clean, comfortable motels. The trip starts in West Glacier, where we’ll stay at the Great Northern Resort. The following night, we cross the Continental Divide to reach East Glacier, where we’ll spend the night at Jacobson Cottages. Other accommodations include the idyllic Willow Creek Cabins near White Sulphur Springs, The High Country Motel and Cabins in Cooke City and a final night at Rock Creek Resort.
Welcome to Montana!
Riders arrive at Glacier Park International Airport (FCA), and we will shuttle to the Glacier Outdoor Center. Our chefs will have lunch prepared as we settle in and finish building bikes and fitting rentals. Our arrival day spin will be an out-and-back route into Glacier National Park for a small taste of what lies ahead. On the way back, we will make a quick stop for an optional swim in the Middle Fork of the Flathead River. Once we return to the Great Northern Resort, we will have some time to relax before we do our camp briefing and introductions before dinner and our first night under the Big Sky!
Arrival spin in West Glacier: 29 miles, 1,770 feet of climbing
We’ll get an early start to avoid traffic on this very memorable day on the bike. Going-to-the Sun Road is a bucket-list ride with some of the best views you will ever see from the saddle. The climb itself is just under 11 miles long and gains 3,200 feet with an average grade of 5%. The road crosses the Continental Divide, topping out at Logan Pass before descending to Saint Mary Lake. The view from Logan Pass is spectacular and well worth a stop. From the pass, you can take a quick walk out on the boardwalk toward Hidden Lake. You may spot some wildlife, including mountain goats, marmots, black bears and grizzlies. As we exit Glacier National Park, we will continue south to St. Mary’s Pass towards East Glacier. The final climb of the day will be up Looking Glass Pass, a staff favorite with amazing views into the Two Medicine region. We’ll spend the night in East Glacier, originally an Amtrak stop on the outskirts of Glacier National Park.
West to East Glacier on Going-to-the-Sun Road:
Main route: 58 miles, 5,500 feet of climbing
Long route: 81 miles, 7,400 feet of climbing
Rocky Mountain Front Range
We head east toward Browning inside the Blackfeet Indian Reservation. After passing Browning, we head southwest toward Heart Butte along the Rocky Mountain Front. The ride can be windy, but the views will not disappoint. Our lunch stop will be in Heart Butte at mile 40. We’ll finish in Dupuyer, a classic small Montana ranching town, where we’ll rest for the night at Buffalo Joe’s. Dupuyer is one of the oldest towns along the Rocky Mountain Front (two whiskey traders settled here in 1874), and it offers great views of the Bob Marshall and Great Bear Wilderness.
East Glacier to Dupuyer: 68 miles, 2,900 feet of climbing
East Glacier to Dupuyer: 60 miles, 2,600 feet of climbing *12 miles of gravel*
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 towards 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, 3,600 feet of climbing
Yellowstone National Park
Today’s route will take us south towards Yellowstone National Park, parallelling the Bridger and the Crazy Mountains. The ride will have 3 options so that guests can choose between multiple mileages; all the rides start with a shuttle. We will finish at Chico Hot Springs for showers, with the option to soak and have lunch. Once we finish lunch, we will load up in the vans and continue towards Yellowstone National Park. We enter the park in Gardiner, Montana, and have a great opportunity to see the Lamar Valley, buffalo, and a small portion of Yellowstone National Park. We stay in Cooke City, Montana, on the edge of Yellowstone and Wyoming. We will be staying at The High Country Cabins in the stunning small town surrounded by mountains.
Shorter: 25 miles, 1,100 feet of climbing *Excellent recovery ride!*
Main: 56 miles, 2,400 feet of climbing
Longer: 72 miles, 3,700 feet of climbing
We decided riding 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: 58 miles, 5,500 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). +$150/guest
- Jul 10 - 16 $3,595 / Person
- Jul 24 - 30 $3,595 / Person
- 6 nights/7 days accommodations (double occupancy)
- 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
- Question about COVID-19 and what we’re doing to keep our guides and guests healthy and travel responsibly? Check out this article or contact us.
What’s Not Included
- Bike rentals
- Café stops
- Gratuity for guides
- Personal shopping
- Post-ride hot springs soak
- Core/stretching sessions
- Trail runs or hikes
- Descending clinic
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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