Greater Yellowstone and the Tetons
Join us for our new tour through the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem — Yellowstone National Park and Grand Teton National Park. This trip of a lifetime has us ride over the Beartooth Highway, climbing to nearly 11,000 feet, and getting a pretty sweet downhill on the other side, before even entering one of the parks. With three days to explore Yellowstone, and two days in Grand Teton, we’ll only scratch the surface of what these places have to offer.
After leaving our starting point in Billings, Montana, stunning mountain views will quickly come into view. We’ll climb the Beartooth Highway, an all-American road, three days into our journey, then drop into Yellowstone National Park, where natural wonders from magnificent wildlife to numerous geothermal features (you’ve probably heard of Old Faithful!) await exploration. We’ll then leave Yellowstone’s southern entrance into the northern end of Grand Teton National Park, where the jagged, rocky peaks tower over our vistas. The end of the week will come quickly, but we’ll have an amazing assortment of photos and memories that will last a lifetime.
"This was my first ever tour. The experience was fantastic and the question is not will I do another tour, but what form it will take and for how long."
Day 1. Billings, Montana, 0 miles
We'll gather in the city of Billings, Montana's most populated city (but still only 110,000 people) where we'll have a group meal and an orientation and map meeting. Before crawling into your tent for the night, you can start getting acquainted with your fellow riding companions, sharing the excitement for the adventure to come.
Day 2. Billings to Red Lodge, 64 miles
We'll warm up our legs today as we travel southwest toward Red Lodge. We'll leave the city, trading our views of buildings for that of farmland and open spaces. Small towns along our route will greet us as we spin by, and we'll enjoy what "Big Sky" Montana is all about.
Day 3. Red Lodge to Cook City, 61 miles
Today will be one for the ages! Likely our most challenging day of the trip, we'll ride the spectacular Beartooth Highway, an "All American Road" that will make your jaw drop with the incredible scenery. We'll work our way to the summit of Beartooth Pass, climbing nearly 5,000 feet to a whopping 10,948 feet above sea level before enjoying our effort's reward as we descend into Cooke City, the northwest entrance to Yellowstone National Park. In all, we'll climb just over 7,100 feet and descend nearly 5,500 feet — talk about some rewarding elevation change!
Day 4. Cooke City to West Yellowstone, 26 miles
We'll start the day with a shuttle to Canyon Village, passing through the stunning Lamar Valley, where we'll begin our time exploring America's First National Park. With low mileages, we'll have time to explore some great spots like Canyon Village (maybe take a ride around the loop road), Yellowstone Falls, and the Norris Geyser Basin, home of Steamboat Geyser, the world's tallest currently active geyser. While Steamboat's eruptions are unpredictable, we're bound to enjoy our time in the area.
Day 5. West Yellowstone to Grant Village, Wyoming, 37 miles
The main attraction for many in Yellowstone is along our route today —Scenic Highways and National Parks Old Faithful! With eruptions every couple hours, we're sure to catch this awe-inspiring work of nature. But there is so much more to see in the Old Faithful area — from geysers to hot springs and more, you could easily spend the day here. We'll end on the shores of the West Thumb of Yellowstone Lake.
Day 6. Grant Village to Gros Ventre, 53 miles
We'll start with another shuttle just through Yellowstone's south entrance, connecting with Grand Teton National Park, and start our ride through the park at Flagg Ranch. We'll be inspired as we look up at the towering, jagged mountains that make up the Teton range, and marvel at the beauty of their reflection in Jackson and Jenny lakes. If time allows, take a stroll off the bike on one of the many great hiking trails.
Day 7. Gros Ventre to Jackson, 24 miles
There are more things to do in Grand Teton than one day has to offer, so we'll take an easy day to explore more! Consider spending some more time in the park, such as riding back up and hiking around Jenny or Taggert lakes before heading down through Jackson. We'll stay just south of Jackson, but be sure to take some time to stroll shops in this outdoor mecca.
Day 8. Jackson to Billings, 0 miles. Shuttle
Today, we'll say goodbye to our new friends and the great vistas we spent the last week riding by. Some of our group may depart from Jackson, while others will hop in the van and hit the road with a shuttle back to Billings.
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Tour End Information
This tour has optional departure locations. Participants can either depart from Jackson, Wyoming, or take our shuttle back to Billings, Montana and depart from where the tour started.