Montana

Glacier to Yellowstone (Hotels)

An unforgettable journey through Montana
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  • From $3195
  • Location Montana
  • Duration 7 Days / 6 Nights
  • Rider Level 2 / 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. (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.

Highlights

  • Seven 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
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Montana Cycling trip

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

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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 Great Northern Resort. The following night, we cross the Continental Divide to reach East Glacier, where we’ll spend the night at the historic Glacier Park Lodge, built in 1913. 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.

ITINERARY

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!

Today’s ride:

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.

Today’s ride:

West to East Glacier on Going-to-the-Sun Road:

Main route: 53 miles, 4,153 feet of climbing

Long route: 82 miles, 7,387 feet of climbing

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.

Today’s ride:

East Glacier to Dupuyer: 68 miles, 3,128 feet of climbing

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!

Today’s Ride:

Monarch to White Sulphur Springs.

53 miles, 3,605 feet of climbing

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 drive through Yellowstone National Park and end up in the remote town of Cooke City.

Today’s Ride:

Shorter: ~50 miles

Main: 76 miles, 1,970 feet of climbing

Longer: 102 miles, 2,689 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.

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)

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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

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

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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 c3 cycling house bike rental
C3 Ultegra
Manufacturer: Cervelo
Type: Road
Cost: $250 / 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.