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2015 Dates

Aug 2-7


2013 Price
$2,495.00

2015 Price
$2,195.00

Duration
6 Days / 5 Nights

2015 Meals

Lunch Included

5 Dinner not Included
5 Brkfst not Included


Single Room
$350

Distance
450 miles

Elevation Gain
28,000 feet

Rider Limit
24 Rider Limit
Bike Rental
$245.00

Highlights
Yellowstone NP
Beartooth Byway
Chief Joseph Byway
Old Faithful

Lodging
Alpine Hotel
Grant Village (3 days)
Buffalo Bill
Best Western Billings

Dining Options
Village Lakehouse
Old Faithfull Inn
Lake Lodge Dining
Buffalo Bill's Irma


Start / Finish
Billings, MT
15th shuttle: 8:00am

Airport
Billings, MT

I've been on 3 different tours. Each route takes you off the beaten track & through stunning scenery - you choose the pace you want to ride at & the SAG van stops at regular intervals to ensure you always have the snacks & drinks you need. You'll get to ride with like-minded cycling enthusiasts & will end up making long term friendships. If you want the cycling adventure of a lifetime, look no further than Cycling Escapes.
- Gavin D, UK
* Yellowstone 2010

You are scarily efficient. You also are a terrific tour guide. I know you probably get tired or more like bored of people telling you how great your company is, but I am so impressed at what you have done that I feel compelled to tell you yet again. You truly have made a big impact on the entire groups lives.
- Jane Weisen * 2007

All 3 of my trips with Cycling Escapes have been great!
- Joe, TX * 2007

I had a biking injury eight weeks before my tour was to start, so I wrote Rich to give adequate notice to get my deposit back. His position was that if I wanted, I could try to nurse my injuries, plan on going and if I needed to back out at the last minute he would refund me in full. I considered that to be the ultimate in support and costumer service! And it worked out.
- Sandy Koltonow
*2006


Again, thank you for an awesome "intense" cycling week! I have already spread the word of your tour while waiting at the airport...:)
- Monique Swanson
* 2008

I have participated in two Cycling Escapes tours and both trips were outstanding; challenging but safe routes, spectacular scenery, great support, fine lodging & dining. They are well organized and run a very professional program.
- Alan S * 2011

I've been on several of Cycling Escapes tours. Every one was very well organized, with accurate route sheets, excellent accommodations, great food, etc. The routes chosen, were low traffic and smooth pavement. Great support and sag vehicle available for those who needed it. Highly recommended!
- Doug D, CA
* 6 tour rider

I am glad I did my research and choose to go with you, I knew I would be the slowest most probably, but the way you make everyone feel at ease and not in a rush was most appreciated by the entire group.
- Penny Fink, CA
* 2014

Thanks for a great trip, I'll be seeing you soon.
- Alfonso
*2010

As the saying goes, "Thanks, I needed that"
- Clement, NY
* 2009

These tours are designed for people that like to ride. Many tour companies only cover 35 - 45 miles per day. There was good ride support and I felt that I was always in good hands. If you like to ride and have an adventurous spirit, I definitely recommend a trip with Cycling Escapes
- Stan O, NE * 2011

These tours provide exactly as promised, great riding that challenged me each day while providing breathtaking scenery and a truly memorable experience. Cycling Escapes provides great support. If you are looking for a week of serious riding with others who are like minded this is the ride for you.
- David E, NJ *2010

We had an excellent trip. The routes were challenging, flexible and have amazing views. Everyone received lots of personalized attention and accomplished their goals. Highest recommendation possible for the trip, company and guide. The quality could not have been better - well worth the time, effort and every single penny!
- Lynn S, TX *2011

Rich, Erica and Adam; Barb and I could not have had a better time! What an awesome team the 3 of you make! Thank you for all you do to support the riders, feed us and put us up in great hotels. We look forward to our next adventure with you.
- Les & Barb, CA
* Crater Lake 2014

Just a quick note to say how fortunate I feel to have had this experience with you, Erica and Adam. The trip was even better than I had imagined it would be. Thank you so very much!
- Kim D, MA
* Glacier 2014

Thanks Rich! What a great week of riding!
- Paul I.
* Crater Lake 2013

Thanks for an outstanding tour! Beautiful routes, outstanding support, unbelievable food, wonderful accomodations. I'll sign up for another tour for sure!
- Wendy Watson, CA
* Utah 5 parks 2014

Yellowstone & the Beartooth Cycling Tour!

6 Days • 402 Miles • 28,000' Elevation • $2,195

On this cycling Tour we bike through America's first National Park! Located in Wyoming and Montana, it is home to grizzly bears, wolves, bison, elk, Old Faithful, and a collection of the world's most extraordinary geysers and hot springs. We stay 3 nights in the park so you have time to see everything.

Starting in Red Lodge, Montana, this bicycle tour rides into Yellowstone via the Beartooth Scenic Byway, called "America's Most Beautiful Highway." Once inside the Park we make Grant's Village our basecamp for the next 3 days. From here we'll cycle to Old Faithful, riding the "Grand Loop" along the way. After a layover day to enjoy the park, we'll bike out the east entrance of Yellowstone and along the Chief Joseph Scenic Byway. On this cycling vacation we bike in two states, 1 National Park and 3 Scenic Byways!

Date
Day
Ride
Day
2015 Route: Aug 2-7
Elevation
Gain
Miles
2
Sun
...
Shuttle / Orientation - 8:00am
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1
Beartooth Scenic Byway
6,732'
62
3
Mon
2
Chief Joseph Scenic Byway
5,531'
77
4
Tue
3
Yellowstone - Grand Loop
6,300'
80-96
5
Wed
4
Yellowstone - Off Day in the Park
opt.
0-50
6
Thr
5
Yellowstone to Cody
3,850'
73
7
Fri
6
Chief Joseph & Beartooth
6,500'
66-94
Shuttle back to Billings
...
.
...
Total
28,000'
400-450


cycling tour of yellowstone map

Cycling Tour of Yellowstone & Beartooth Scenic Byway

Day 1 - Sunday: Meet in Billings, Montana


cycling tour yellowstone day 1

On this bicycle tour we meet in Billings, Montana on Sunday morning. Fly into Billings on Saturday for a Sunday morning departure. Our Bike Tour shuttle will pick you up at 8:00am Sunday morning at the Best Western Clocktower. After a short shuttle to Red Lodge we will start our first ride...

The Beartooth Scenic Byway!


cycling tour yellowstone day 1

The Beartooth Highway in Montana is one of the most spectacular alpine highways in North America. It offers sweeping vistas of snow-covered mountains and panoramic views of hundreds of high alpine lakes. It is one of the highest and most rugged areas in the lower 48 states, with 20 peaks reaching over 12,000 feet in elevation.

In the surrounding mountains, glaciers are found on the north flank of nearly every mountain peak over 11,500 feet high. The Road itself is the highest elevation highway in Wyoming and Montana. Our destination for the night is Cooke City, gateway to the northeast entrance of Yellowstone.

Dinner is on your own tonight with a couple different choices in this quaint western town.

62 miles / 6,732 ft. elevation gain


Day 2 - Chief Joseph Scenic Byway, Wyoming


cycling tour yellowstone day 1

Today we ride the entire Chief Joseph Scenic Byway, where the legendary flight of Chief Joseph and his band of Nez Perce indians occurred on their way to Canada. The Scenic Byway offers panoramic vistas of the Beartooths to the north and the volcanic Absaroka Range to the south. Wildlife, including elk, mule deer and mountain goats roam the area, while sheer cliffs towering 1,200 feet line a deep gorge carved by the Clarks Fork of the Yellowstone River. After the ride we shuttle to Grant's Lodge in Yellowstone, our basecamp for the next 3 nights.

Breakfast and Dinner are on your own during our stay in Yellowstone. If you'd like to dine with your fellow riders we suggest the Lodge Dining room overlooking Yellowstone Lake at 6:00pm.

77 miles / 5,500 ft. elevation gain


Day 3 - Yellowstone National Park - The Grand Loop!


cycling tour yellowstone day 1

Today we ride the Grand Loop! Our destination is Old Faithful, home to the world famous geyser of the same name. Along the way we pass Yellowstone Lake, the highest alspine lake in the states, and then ride through the Norris Geyser Basin, Yellowstone's most compact thermal area, with literally hundreds of geysers, pools and hot springs. We finish our geological journey at Old Faithful geyser, where we'll watch the famous eruption.

Take the tour of the historic Old Faithful Lodge or Stick around and have dinner at the Old Faithful Lodge Dining Room.

80-96 miles / 6,300 ft. elevation gain


Day 4 - Yellowstone National Park


Today is an off day to enjoy the park. For riders that want to see the sights and hike the Geysers, we will shuttle around the park and hike our favorite trails. Or if you are still fresh and want to ride, take a cruise along Yellowstone Lake, or perhaps a boat ride. Tonight is our third and last night at Grant's Lodge.

Day 5 - Yellowstone to Cody, Wyoming


cycling tour yellowstone day 1

Today we ride out of Yellowstone as we make our way to Cody, Wyoming. In the morning we'll ride along the shores of Yellowstone Lake, America's largest high-altitude mountain lake at 7,733 feet. After skirting its shores, we ride out the east entrance of the park into the badlands of Wyoming, on our way to Cody, home of Buffalo Bill.

Dinner is on your own tonight, with lots of great restaurants within walking distance. Try Buffalo Bill's Irma Saloon, it has live gunfights.

73 miles / 3,800 ft. elevation gain


Day 6 - Chief Joseph & the Beartooth!


cycling tour yellowstone day 6

Today is the Grand Finale! We ride back along Chief Joseph Scenic Byway - a completely different ride in the opposite direction. We then connect with the Beartooth Scenic Byway, and get to ride down what we climbed up on Monday - a 28 mile descent into Red Lodge, Montana.

After the ride we shuttle back to Billings. Riders have the option of flying out Friday night after the ride or staying over in Billings and departing Saturday.

66-94 miles / 6,500 ft. elevation gain

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