Fall Cycle Tour

Fall Cycle Tour

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Hoovler, Sara

Yellowstone is a great and unique place to spin your wheels, especially in the fall. The traffic is light, the thermal areas are relatively free of crowds, the scenery is breathtaking, and the animals are in view. One of the most popular day rides is the 60-mile roundtrip stretch from West Yellowstone to Old Faithful. Pedal past golden aspens and gurgling geysers. Look for elk, bison, coyotes, swans, eagles, and rising trout along the way. With only one climb at Firehole Hill, this ride is great for recreational bikers.

In late-September each year, the West Yellowstone Chamber of Commerce sponsors a supported bike tour along this route. Hundreds of cyclists set their own pace and take advantage of the feed stations, on-course mechanic, and “sag wagons” when needed. Make your plans and register early because the National Park Service limits the number of riders for this family-friendly event. For more information, visit cycleyellowstone.com.

Don’t forget about spring riding in Yellowstone, either. In late March and early April, the road from West Yellowstone to Mammoth is open to bikes before it is open to cars.

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