Select Yellowstone Roads Open for Bicycling

Starting Friday, 49 miles of roads in Yellowstone National Park will be open for spring bicycling from the West Entrance of the park to Mammoth Hot Springs.

As conditions allow, bicycles will also be permitted from the East Entrance to the east end of Sylvan Pass and the South Entrance to West Thumb.

There will be no bicycle access to Old Faithful or Canyon until those interior park roads open to public motorized vehicle access on April 19. Electric or pedal-assist bikes are not allowed on park roads when the roads are closed to motorized, public travel.

Those who plan a spring bicycle trip in Yellowstone are advised to be alert to snowplows and other motorized vehicles operated by park employees or construction workers on the road as well as quickly changing weather conditions and temporary road closures due to weather conditions.

Roads also may be lined at this time with tall snow banks and pullouts packed with snow. There also may be wildlife on the road and no services available.

Cyclists are warned to anticipate encountering wildlife, and to turn around if wildlife are on the road. It's illegal to approach wildlife within any distance that disturbs or displaces the animal.

Cyclists are advised to carry bear spray, stay out of closed areas, ride single file and plan for self-rescue or repair. Cell phone coverage throughout the park is sparse and unreliable.

Cyclists are warned to prepare to spend an extended period of time in winter conditions in the event of a mechanical breakdown, injury or other emergency.

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