Montana

Glacier to Yellowstone (Hotels)

Our most epic and difficult journey across Montana
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  • From $3995
  • Location Montana
  • Duration 7 Days / 6 Nights
  • Rider Level 3 / 4 / 5

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.

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.

Highlights

  • 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
Cycling Montana Tour - Bike trip Glacier Park

Food

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

Cycling Montana Tour - Bike trip Glacier Park

Accommodations

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 Glacier Guides Lodge. The following night, we cross the Continental Divide to reach East Glacier, where we’ll spend two nights at Jacobson Cottages. Other accommodations include the idyllic Willow Creek Cabins near White Sulphur Springs, Chico Hot Springs in the Paradis Valley, and a final night at Rock Creek Resort.

ITINERARY

Riders arrive at Glacier Park International Airport (FCA), and we will shuttle them to the Glacier Guides Lodge. 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 Glacier Guides Lodge, we will have some time to relax before we do our camp briefings and dinner.

Today’s ride:

Arrival spin in West Glacier: 29 miles, 1,770 feet of climbing

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 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. You may spot some wildlife, including mountain goats, marmots, black bears, and grizzlies. We’ll get an early start to avoid traffic on this very memorable day on the bike.

We will continue south to St. Mary’s Pass towards East Glacier as we exit Glacier National Park. At the summit of St. Mary’s Pass, we will have a picnic lunch, and this will be the shuttle option. 

Guests looking for more miles will continue on to Looking Glass Pass, the final pass of the day. If you choose to shuttle post-lunch, don’t worry you will have a crack at Looking Glass Pass the next day. 

We’ll spend the night at Jacobson Cottages in East Glacier, originally an Amtrak stop on the outskirts of Glacier National Park. We will spend two nights at Jacobson Cottages.

Today’s ride:

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

After a big day in the saddle, nobody will complain about having another day to explore the wonders of Glacier National Park. No need to re-pack your bag this morning; we get to enjoy another day in East Glacier at Jacobson Cottages.

After a relaxing morning and breakfast, we will head North turning off towards Two Medicine, a beautiful part of Glacier National Park that sees less traffic. We will have an option to hike, or guests can head back towards Looking Glass Pass. Looking Glass is a staff favorite and one of the best rides in Montana! Even if you did it the day before, it’s worth doing it again.

 

Today’s ride:

Two Medicine: 30 miles, 2,500′

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 Cabins barn, followed by some amazing stargazing!

Today’s Ride:

Monarch to White Sulphur Springs.

53 miles, 3,600 feet of climbing

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, our overnight for the evening. Enjoy a nice post-ride soak and explore the beautiful grounds at Chico Hot Springs. 

 

Today’s Ride:

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 start the morning off with a shuttle (2+hours) from Chico Hot Springs to Cooke City. Our drive will take us into Yellowstone National Park and we will drive through the beautiful Lamar Valley.  The Valley is home to bison and an abundance of wildlife.

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 the tree-line. The trip finishes in the town of Red Lodge for some real small-town Montana fun.

Our final overnight is at the Rock Creek Resort in beautiful Red Lodge.

Today’s Ride:

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).

Today’s plan:

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). +$200/guest. Alternatively, a good option is renting a one-way rental car from Billings to Glacier International.

DATES & PRICES

DETAILS

What's Included

  • 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

  • Airfare
  • Bike rentals
  • Café stops
  • Gratuity for guides
  • Personal shopping

Optional Activities

  • Post-ride hot springs soak
  • Core/stretching sessions
  • Trail runs or hikes
  • Descending clinic

Questions?

Have more questions? View our FAQ page or call us at 406-312-5770.
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BIKE OPTIONS

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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.

Available this trip:
Cervelo Aspero 2021-Tucson Rental Bike
Cervelo Aspero Road/Gravel Bike
Manufacturer: Cervelo
Type: Gravel Bike
Cost: $300 / trip
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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:

Shipping your bike

Flying with your bike.

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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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Mike M., Edwardsville, IL
July 30, 2019
This trip was outstanding! Food was excellent, lodging was good, but the best part was the Cycling House staff. They took the time to get to know everyone, handled any details that needed to be addressed quickly and with enthusiasm. They were very knowledgeable about the regions we rode through and inspired confidence in the guests each day. Special thank you to Shaun Radley. My bike had minor damage in shipment to Montana. Shaun notified me immediately. It was rideable but required an insurance claim with BikeFlights. Shaun in the office took care of everything and the insurance check even beat me back home. To not have to worry about the insurance claim during the trip was much appreciated and allowed me to enjoy the trip to the fullest.
Allison, Portland, OR
August 16, 2019
Great crew, beautiful rides, awesome food! I've ridden with other cycling outfits over the past few years, and will definitely return to The Cycling House. They have a great price point for the type of support they offer.
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Mike M., Edwardsville, IL
July 30, 2019
This trip was outstanding! Food was excellent, lodging was good, but the best part was the Cycling House staff. They took the time to get to know everyone, handled any details that needed to be addressed quickly and with enthusiasm. They were very knowledgeable about the regions we rode through and inspired confidence in the guests each day. Special thank you to Shaun Radley. My bike had minor damage in shipment to Montana. Shaun notified me immediately. It was rideable but required an insurance claim with BikeFlights. Shaun in the office took care of everything and the insurance check even beat me back home. To not have to worry about the insurance claim during the trip was much appreciated and allowed me to enjoy the trip to the fullest.
Allison, Portland, OR
August 16, 2019
Great crew, beautiful rides, awesome food! I've ridden with other cycling outfits over the past few years, and will definitely return to The Cycling House. They have a great price point for the type of support they offer.