A beautiful, challenging bike trip from Glacier to Yellowstone
New for 2019! We have added an indoor accommodation option for our incredibly popular Glacier to Yellowstone ride. Glacier and Yellowstone National Parks are two of the most iconic and beautiful natural places in the United States. You’ll have the chance to experience both – and everything in between. This trip includes two of Montana’s most epic rides. The Glacier to Yellowstone trip satisfies those looking for a challenge, big miles, and fantastic support from our staff. We’re based in Montana, and we welcome this chance to show off our backyard. With fully supported bike rides, delicious chef-prepared meals, and incredible riding, the Glacier to Yellowstone cycling tour is a trip you’ll never forget.
This is the most challenging trip that we offer, starting in West Glacier and finishing in Red Lodge. In one week, we’ll cross the Continental Divide, pedal over Going-to-the-Sun Road in Glacier National Park, then parallel the Rocky Mountain Front before heading south to Yellowstone and Beartooth Pass Highway. Going-to-the-Sun Road is a must-do ride in itself – with breathtaking views of u-shaped valleys, mountain lakes, rivers, glaciers, and one of the most complete ecosystems in the world. The first day’s riding is epic, but don’t worry – the rest of the trip has incredible rides with rolling hills, views of the Rocky Mountains, and overnights in small Montana towns. We decided that doing one bucket list ride was not enough for this trip, so we added the Beartooth Pass. This 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 will get spectacular views of the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness, home to 25 peaks over 12,000 feet in height. The trip finishes in the town of Red Lodge for some real small-town Montana fun.
The Glacier to Yellowstone trip includes breakfast, lunch and dinner – and everything in between. We have a combination of Cycling House chef-prepared meals and a few meals at local restaurants of our choice. Our chefs pride themselves on serving high-quality, nutritious food under the Big Sky. In Montana, we source as much local food as possible. This means we’re shopping for produce at farmers markets and working with a farm in the Flathead Valley that provides us with our dairy. To top it off, we have bountiful amounts of ice-cold Big Sky Brewing Co. beer to finish each day.
We travel through rural Montana so our lodging options are limited in some locations. The Glacier to Yellowstone trip is not about the accommodations it’s about the experience. We have selected the best possible lodging to fit our needs, many of which are most accurately described as rustic or historic lodges and motels. Nothing fancy, but clean and comfortable rooms. Our trip starts in West Glacier, where we stay at the Glacier Outdoor Center. Our Cycling House chef prepares the arrival day meal at the West Glacier Lodge on our first night under the Big Sky. The following day we ride to East Glacier, crossing the Continental Divide at Logans Pass in Glacier National Park. That evening we stay at the historic Glacier Park Lodge, which was built in 1913. The lobby of the Glacier Park Lodge is unforgettable and we get to enjoy a dinner on-site at the Great Northern Restaurant. Our next stop will be Dupuyer, population 86 – don’t ride too fast or you’ll miss it. The small town of Dupuyer was once home to Montana author Ivan Doig and is the quintessential Rocky Mountain Front town. As you can imagine, hotel choices are very limited, but Buffalo Joe’s Eatery, Saloon, and Motel have clean, comfortable rooms. We head out from Dupuyer by van to transfer to Monarch (approximately a 2-hour shuttle) before riding the Kings Hill Scenic Byway to White Sulphur Springs. This evenings’ accommodations are at the Willow Creek Cabins just outside of White Sulphur Springs, in rustic cabins in an idyllic Montana setting. Our Cycling House chef prepares dinner on-site at the Ranch House. The next day we ride from White Sulphur Springs to Livingston, Montana on the edge of the Paradise Valley. We shuttle from Livingston to Cooke City, Montana driving through Yellowstone National Park (approximately a 2-3 hour shuttle). Cooke City is surrounded by towering peaks and is in a very isolated but beautiful area. That evening we stay at The High Country Motel and Cabins in the heart of Cooke City. The following day we finish off an amazing week of riding with Beartooth Pass Highway. Our final overnight is spent at the Rock Creek Resort, just outside of Red Lodge, and the perfect setting to celebrate our amazing journey across Montana. Feel free to contact us if you have any specific questions about any of the accommodations.