Yellowstone National Park Road Bike Tour
 
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Yellowstone National Park

A Yellowstone National Park bike tour is a otherworldly experience especially if you like wildlife, geysers and monster climbs such as Day 7’s Bear Tooth Pass!  Join the local experts at Lizard Head Cycling Guides as we explore the Yellowstone Country together and are challenged by some of North America’s most amazing cycling terrain.

(Our group) completed the Yellowstone ride last week, it was a typical Lizard Head tour, pretty tough but doable, with some outstanding majestic scenery. (I wish) to comment on the outstanding team that lead our tour, DeAnn and Emily were such great guides, both pitched in to make sure that everything went smoothly, they are very professional and I did not hear one complaint from the group about the support. And it also helps to ride behind one of them after 5,000 plus feet of climbing. – Bill

Click here to read a daily journal by Edward, a guest on a recent Yellowstone National Park Bike Tour.

Yellowstone National Park Bike Tour: Highlights

Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone

Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone

Old Faithful Lodge in Yellowstone National Park

Old Faithful Lodge in Yellowstone National Park

Geyser Basin in Yellowstone National Park

Geyser Basin in Yellowstone National Park

Chief Joseph Scenic Byway

The twisty roads of Chief Joseph Scenic Byway

On the road to Red Lodge, Montana

On the last day of this tour we will tackle the incredible Beartooth Highway which has been proclaimed by some to be the most scenic 68 miles of mountain road to be found in America. Here’s part of the 27 mile descent from Beartooth Pass into Red Lodge, Montana.

Here are just a few of the amazing places that we will visit on this tour.

Yellowstone National Park Bike Tour: Dates

Potential tour dates are listed below and not all tour dates will run. Lock in your preferred tour date early as unopened tour dates will be closed. Please see the Spring/Autumn Tour Calendar and the Summer Tour Calendar for confirmed departures. Any unopened date can be a Custom Week (9 riders required). Please contact us via email or call 970.728.5891

2017 Summer Tour Dates:

  • August 27 to September 1, 2017 –  1 Room Remaining! Please call to reserve.

Please note that the following tour dates are for 2018.

For 2018 we have added a 7th day to our Yellowstone National Park Bike Tour as there is so much to see and ride! Sign up by 11/1/2017 to receive the the extra 7th day tour at the 2017 tour cost *and* also receive a $200 discount! WOW!

2018 Summer Tour Dates:

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Yellowstone National Park Bike Tour: Overview

Reptile Rewards

2017 Tour Length: 6-Days Cycling/5-Nights Lodging
2018 Tour Length: 7-Days Cycling/6-Nights Lodging

Starting/Ending Town: Bozeman, MT/Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport (BZN), Fairfield Inn Marriott Bozeman (not included in tour cost)

Total Miles: 284-387. (Can I keep up on this tour?)

Mileage Range: 35-115

Ability Level: 3/4 (Intermediate to Advanced)

2018 Tour Includes: 6-nights of lodging, 6-days of meals, guide service, entrance fees, daily lunch en route, energy food, liquid refreshments, shuttles and mechanical support. Alcoholic beverages, massage & bike rental are additional.

2017 Tour Cost (available for 2018 tours until 11/1/2017): $2,700 per person.

2018 Tour Cost (7-Day Tour): $2,800 per person.
Group discount of $200 per person for groups of 4 or more.
Please see our Tour Discounts Policy.

$200 Early Bird Discount for 2018 Tour Registrations Made Prior to November 1, 2017!
Must mention or use Discount Code EARLYBIRD2018 when making your reservation.

Single Room Supplement: Add $545 total to the Tour Cost for a private room (6 nights).

Road Bike Rental: Lizard Head Cycling Guides is proud to rent Scott CR-1 Pro and Scott Solace carbon road bikes with full Shimano Ultegra components for only $250/week, or $150 for 3 or 4 day tours. Both the CR-1 and Solace models are sub- 17 lb comfortable, high performance bicycles geared for climbing hills. In addition we also have electric bikes available for rental at $375/week. And finally we have a selection of straight bar road bikes and kids bikes in our rental fleet. Just let us know what you need and we can probably find it.

Please also see this blog post for more information on bike rentals.

Electric Bike Rental: We now have a limited selection of SCOTT electric bikes that can be reserved for our tours. These are road bikes with straight bars that make the slowest rider the fastest rider in the group. Rental Price is $375/week.

Couples Bike Rental Discount: Sign up as a couple and receive one free bike high performance rental per couple ($250 value).

Tandems and Recumbents: Lizard Head Cycling Guides happily accommodates both tandem and recumbent bikes on its tours.

2017 Lodging for 5-Nights:

2018 Lodging for 6-Nights:

Meals On Tour

Lizard Head Cycling sources our favorite restaurants in each town that we visit. Our guides focus on establishments that offer fresh and local ingredients. Guests choose whatever they desire to eat off the menu: including appetizer, salad, entree and of course dessert... yum! :) Also, while on tour if a guest wants to dine early before the group and go to bed, this is fine. We understand that on some days sleep is the most important post ride element.

Lunches on Tour: Lizard Head Cycling Guides prepares healthy lunches to keep you going. We will serve you fresh organic fruits and veggies, salads, hummus, sandwich fixings, nuts, gourmet cheeses and of course plenty of salty/sweet snacks such as chips and cookies. We pride ourselves on being able to cater to specific dietary requests, so rest assured that you will be able to get the nutrition that works for you during the week. Gluten Free, Dairy Free or a someone who loves it all – we will keep you well fed during the tour!

2017 Route Map

Ability Level: Can I Ride This Tour?

How Fit do I Have to Be?
If one month prior to the tour, you can ride 2 to 3 times a week equalling a total of 75 or more miles a week, you'll do just fine. We like to jokingly say that "one is ready for a Lizard Head Cycling Tour when they are finished with tour" and this is true! The only way to simulate a week long bike tour is to go on a week long tour.

Our average rider age is 55 years. These are bike tours, not races so we take our time to stop, take pictures and see the sights. We have all day to reach our destination and most riders take "bumps" at some points. We offer reduced mileage options for each day. Of course if someone wants to ride E.F.I. (Every Freaking Inch), we love to show them all the extra climbs, loops and hidden canyons that can be included!

Do the Bump!
Daily mileage options allow cyclists of varying abilities to enjoy this tour. One of our favorite options is to give cyclists a "bump" via the support vehicle, or a 10 to 20 mile lift down the road representing an hour of pedal time. After the bump the rider is "off the front" and riding at his or her own pace without feeling they are being left behind the group. They'll then have time to linger and take in the spectacular scenery. All cyclists come together in time for lunch. Afterwards, cyclists can take another bump and/or continue riding.

Seamless Mileage Options
Lizard Head Cycling Guides designs multiple mileage options for each tour – something we're well known for in our business. This technique is similar to heliskiing in that one does not ski everything, they ski the best. :-)

Slow or Fast?
Many cyclists who sign up for our tours have worried themselves silly about not being able to keep up, but then they're surprised to find that all the worrying was about nothing. They do just fine! Slow and Fast only exist relative to other cyclists. Speed does not matter as long as one is moving on the bike. As long as one is moving, they are truly going fast enough.

If you have questions about your ability to ride this tour, please contact our office via email or call us at 970.728.5891 - we'll more than happy to guide you!

Please also see this blog post for more information.

Yellowstone National Park Bike Tour: Itinerary*

*Tour itineraries are subject to change and modification based on the group, available accommodations and other unforeseen circumstances including weather, wildfires, flooding, hurricanes, landslides and/or other acts of nature. Please view this itinerary as an outline as to what to expect on this tour.

Day 0: Arrival in Bozeman

Riders either drive to the meeting hotel (La Quinta Inn & Suites Belgrade / Bozeman Airport) in Belgrade, MT, or fly into Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport (BZN) and find their own shuttle to the meeting hotel.

Day 1: West Yellowstone to Old Faithful
Standard: 33 miles with up to 1,380 feet of climbing
E.F.I.: 61 miles with up to 3,000 feet of climbing
(E.F.I. is Every Freaking Inch)

After a morning shuttle from Belgrade to West Yellowstone, MT through the picturesque Gallatin River Canyon (‘A River Runs Through It’ was filmed here!), we start our ride from the West Entrance of Yellowstone National Park and begin our journey into the park, but keep a look out for the commonly sighted bison and elk, often right in the middle of the road! Also keep a keen eye for the more elusive grizzly bear, or perhaps even some wolves! This is wild and rugged terrain where wildlife abounds amid the beauty of Mother Nature and her geothermal wonders. We also urge you to stop at the many pullouts to take in the wonders of this magnificent place.

Gallatin River Canyon

Gallatin River Canyon

Old Faithful in Yellowstone National Park

Old Faithful in Yellowstone National Park

Old Faithful Snow Lodge

Old Faithful Snow Lodge

Elevation Profile: Standard @ 33 mi +1380 ft / -710 ft

Elevation Profile: E.F.I. @ 61 mi +3000 ft / -2325 ft

Day 2: Grand Prismatic Spring to Shoshone Lake
Ride: 33 miles with up to 1,960 feet of climbing
Amazing Hike: 10 miles

Today is a mix of riding and hiking within the Midway Geyser Basin to see some of the lesser known features of Yellowstone. Departing from Old Faithful in the early morning we ride west for a quick 7 miles to Grand Prismatic Spring and then take a 45 minute hike around this amazing and colorful geothermal feature. If the morning is cool enough, a surreal mist will surround the spring making for dramatic photo opportunities.

After Grand Prismatic we re-mount the bikes this time heading back east past Old Faithful and to the Shoshone Lake Overlook. From here we put on the hiking shoes and hike about 10 miles out and back to the remote and completely undeveloped Shoshone Lake and the Shoshone Geyser Basin – truly a gem in the wilderness. But remember, this *is* the wilderness so be alert for wildlife! After our hike, it’s back on the bikes for a fast 10 mile ride back to the Old Faithful Snow Lodge to end the day.

Grand Prismatic Spring

Shoshone Geyser Basin

Grizzly in Yellowstone National Park

Grizzly in Yellowstone National Park

Elevation Profile: 33 mi +1960 ft / -1960 ft

Day 3: Layover Day – Hiking/Optional Grand Loop Ride
Ride: Standard: 55 miles
E.F.I.: 95 miles with up to 5,230 feet of climbing

Today is a layover day at Lake Lodge and guests will have a number of hiking options within Yellowstone National Park. Of course you can also keep pedalingby taking on a big ride along the Grand Loop Road, or simply take a day off the bike to relax at the lodge. The choice is up to you, but we highly recommend some hiking to keep the legs loose and also to see some sights you simply will not see from the saddle.

Yellowstone National Park, Morning Glory Pool

Morning Glory Pool

Geyers along Yellowstone River

Geyers along Yellowstone River

Yellowstone National Park, Castle Geyser

Mufti-colored thermophilic microorganisms in the water surrounding Castle Geyser

Elevation Profile: Optional Ride @ 95 mi +5230 ft / -5230 ft

Day 4: Old Faithful to Cody, WY
75-115 miles with up to 4,870 feet of climbing

Today offers an epic day on the bike! After a hearty breakfast for the long day ahead, riders depart from the lodge, pedal towards and around Yellowstone Lake and exit Yellowstone National Park via the East Entrance. After some moderate climbing for the first half of the route, riders will enjoy a nearly 60 mile descent as we make our way along the North Fork of the Shoshone River, through the scenic Wapiti Valley, along The Buffalo Bill Cody Scenic Byway, past Buffalo Bill Reservoir to eventually make our way into the rustic western cowboy town of Cody, Wyoming. Wow! What a day!

Just outside of the Park in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem

Buffalo Bill's Irma Hotel "back in the day"...

Buffalo Bill’s Irma Hotel “back in the day”…

The saloon at Buffalo Bill's Irma Hotel

The saloon at Buffalo Bill’s Irma Hotel

Elevation Profile: 115 mi +4870 ft / -7220 ft

Day 5: Layover Day – Cody, WY
Optional riding and/or hiking

Please Note: This layover day is only on the the 2018 version of the Yellowstone National Park Bike Tour. For the 2017 version, skip to Day 6 below for Day 5.

Today is a layover day in Cody, Wyoming. There will be an optional ride offered today for those that want to keep up their daily pedaling. Other activities can include exploring the old western downtown area, attending a real western rodeo, exploring the Buffalo Bill museum of the west, hiking on nearby trails or simply relaxing.

Old Trail Town in Cody, Wyoming

Old Trail Town in Cody, Wyoming

Day 6: Chief Joseph Scenic Byway
Standard: 47 miles with 3,000-feet of climbing
E.F.I: 77 miles with up to 8,300 feet of climbing

Today offer possibly the most scenic riding of the entire week as we cruise along the Chief Joseph Scenic Byway and dip into Montana at the end of the ride. The standard plan is to start with a quick shuttle (to avoid less scenic riding) and drop cyclists on the climb of Chief Joseph Pass.

For the E.F.I. rider today is certainly the “queen stage” of the week with over 8,000′ of climbing and a HC (beyond category) 10 mile climb to Chief Joseph pass.

Of course there will be plenty of opportunities to “bump” ahead for those not wanting to put in all the miles or climbs allowing those riders to literally cherry pick the best of the best along today’s route.

We will conclude the ride at Cooke City, Montana and check into the Soda Butte Lodge for the final night of our week-long adventure. It’s hard to believe that the week is almost over as we share one last dinner together in this truly wondrous place.

Chief Joseph Scenic Byway

View from Chief Joseph Scenic Byway

Nez Perce Indians on Dead Indian Pass

Soda Butte Lodge in Cooke City, Montana

Soda Butte Lodge in Cooke City, Montana

Elevation Profile: +8300 ft / -5700 ft

Elevation Profile: +8300 ft / -5700 ft

Day 7: Beartooth Pass to Red Lodge, MT
E.F.I: 64 miles with up to 5,400 feet of climbing

It would not be a classic Lizard Head tour without a classic ending… and today is the day! With an early morning start, we’ll take on the mighty Beartooth Highway and head northeast up to Beartooth Pass maxing out at nearly 11,000′ elevation. The climb is long and gradual and the views are amazing! As we past tree line on our ascent, we’ll ride past dozens of fresh water lakes sprinkled throughout the barren landscape where there is often snow pack at these altitudes year round.

At the top of Beartooth Pass we’ll stop for lunch with 100+ mile views in all directions – it is truly spectacular! Post lunch will be a mind boggling 27 mile twisty descent to the town of Red Lodge, Montana… this is one ride you are certainly not going to forget. Upon arrival in Red Lodge, we end at Red Lodge Ales to toss back a few celebratory brews and then pack up to shuttle back to Bozeman to end the tour.

What an incredible week!

Beartooth Pass

Beartooth Pass

Vew from Beartooth Pass

Along Beartooth Pass

Descending to Red Lodge, Montana

Descending to Red Lodge, Montana

Yellowstone National Park, Day 6 Elevation Profile

Elevation Profile: +5400 ft / -7300 ft

Yellowstone National Park Bike Tour: Logistics & FAQs

Bike Shipping

Lizard Head Cycling recommends shipping with BikeFlights.com. Bikes can be shipped either to our partner bike shop in each meeting town for professional assembly or directly to the meeting hotel for self-assembly. Bike boxes can generally be left at the meeting hotel during the tour. Bikes shipped across the continental US should be shipped 8 days prior to your tour.

Meals on the Tour
Most meals (aside from two) from lunch on the tour’s first day (Sunday) through breakfast on departure day are included. The exceptions are that guests are own their own for meals on the layover day. In total 5 dinners, 6 breakfasts and 6 lunches are included.

Breakfasts and dinners are in restaurants where clients either order off the menu or choose from a buffet. Fresh lunches that include salads, local fruit, vegetables and meats are served in roadside parks by the Lizard Head Cycling Guides. Any dietary preferences or allergies should be noted on the registration form. Each of Lizard Head Cycling’s lunches contains gluten free options.

If on any given night a guest is tired or not feeling particularly social, they can choose to eat early and retire. Lizard Head Cycling enjoys hosting its guests for meals each evening, but understands some of us may just need to lie down after a day in the saddle. A meal should not feel like marathon after a big day on the bike.

Ride Difficulty
Due to the mountainous terrain, this tour is designed for upper intermediate to advanced cyclists. Each day there are additional mileage options for advanced riders.

Tour Support
A 15-passenger van and trailer that carries luggage, food and equipment supports Lizard Head Cycling’s tours. Cyclists keep a day bag that is accessible within the support vehicle.

The vehicle will sag and then pass riders to set up aid stations every 20 to 25 miles. This allows cyclists to linger at the back and then take a ten-mile, fifteen-mile or whatever mile “bump” forward to catch-up or get ahead of the group. Energy food, drink mixes, and fresh fruit are available throughout each stage.

The Daily Schedule
Cyclists ride their own pace. Lizard Head Cycling does its best to support riders in their varying desires and efforts. Cyclists can either use our tours to simply support their tour experience or to engage in a guided experience along the route.

Cue sheets with directions, profiles and locations of aid stations are given out for each stage.

General Tour & Cancellation Policies

Please take a moment to familiarize yourself with all of our tour and cancellation policies, which can be found by clicking here.

Travel Insurance

Lizard Head Cycling Guides highly recommends clients purchase Travel Insurance through MH Ross Travel Insurance. A policy can be purchased individually through the sales link below or Lizard Head Cycling Guides can also set-up a policy for its clients.

The estimated cost for a 50-year old buying insurance for a $2,500 tour ranges from $100 (standard plan) to about $200 (cancel for any reason plan).

Lizard Head Cycling Guides Custom Sales Portal Link is:

https://www.mhross.com/index.php/consumer/portal/LIZA0855CO

  • The best options for our clients are either the Asset or Bridge plans.
  • The Asset-Plus & Complete plans both include a Cancel-For-Any-Reason option.
    • As a result these plans cost more.
    • The Cancel-for-Any-Reason option is only available when insurance is purchased within two weeks of initial deposit.