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Challenge Yourself On Heart-Pounding Rocky Mountain Bike Trails And Cycling Tours

Blend thousands of acres of national parks and forests , hundreds of mountain peaks, and a fantastic climate, and you have the ultimate Rocky Mountain biking experience. The Northern Rockies are a mecca for mountain biking and cycling, offering an amazing two-wheeled vacation. Maybe your idea of a great escape is feeling the summer breeze on your face and hearing the screech of an eagle as you pedal on a dirt mountain trail. Enjoy an epic journey on scenic paved routes winding past farms, rivers, rolling hills, and charming small towns. Whatever your interests, you can create a dynamic and exciting Rocky Mountains bike tour or cycling trip.

Alberta

  • Waterton Lakes National Park – Boasts 120 miles of cycling and mountain biking trails, ranging from easy to strenuous. www.pc.gc.ca/pn-np/ab/Waterton/index_e.asp
  • Banff National Park -- Besides glaciers, icefields, and some of the tallest peaks and most beautiful lakes in the Canadian Rockies, Banff National Park has a trail system that covers 1,000 miles. Trails range from easy to difficult, and the biking season typically extends from May to October. www.pc.gc.ca/pn-np/ab/banff/index_E.asp
  • Jasper National Park – Bike along Jasper’s many trails and you’ll see elk, bison, bighorn sheep, moose, mountain goats and caribou. www.pc.gc.ca/pn-np/ab/jasper/index_e.asp

British Columbia

  • Kootenay Rockies – From full-speed gravity grinds at bike parks to gentle wilderness rides, the Kootenay Rockies is a cycling haven. Tour the open road, or follow a scenic trail passing clear lakes, hanging glaciers, and amazing wildlife. At cycle's end, sooth aching muscles in a natural mineral hot spring. www.hellobc.com/en-CA/RegionsCities/KootenayRockies.htm


Idaho

  • Panhandle National Forests -- The Idaho Panhandle National Forests comprise about 2.5 million acres of public lands spanning northern Idaho, extending into eastern Washington and western Montana. Visit www.fs.fed.us/ipnf/rec/activities/trails/index.html for more information.
  • Nez Perce National Forests -- Boasting 2.2 million acres of beautiful and diverse land. From the dry, rugged canyons of the Salmon River to the moist cedar forests of the Selway drainage, the forest offers something for everyone. This vast, diverse area is managed to provide a variety of goods and services, including breathtaking scenery, wilderness, wildlife, fisheries, pristine water quality, and a wide array of recreation opportunities. The Forest is best known for its wild character. Nearly half of the Forest is designated wilderness. fs.usda.gov/nezperce
  • The Palouse – Miles of bike trails stretch across the Palouse. Visit the Ed Corkill Memorial Trail, Bill Chipman Palouse Trail, Moscow Mountain, and Piah Creek Loop, to name a few. Converted rail beds, strenuous climbs through the forest, and urban trails – the options are as diverse as the scenery. www.visitnorthcentralidaho.org
  • The Route of the Hiawatha -- It is one of the most scenic "Rails to Trails" bicycle trails in the country. Winding through eleven tunnels and over nine high steel trestles, the 46-mile route crosses the rugged Bitterroot Mountains between Idaho and Montana on the Idaho Panhandle National Forest. The route of the Hiawatha is best known for the long, dark St. Paul Pass or "Taft" Tunnel which burrows for 1.8 miles under the state line. You can ride or hike the trail any time between 8:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. from its' opening date (generally Memorial Day weekend) to its' closing date (usually the first weekend in October). The trail is operated and maintained with fees collected from all users. A shuttle bus can transport you and your bike between Roland & Pearson trailheads. People from all over the world come to travel the Milwaukee Road over the Bitterroot Mountains, soaking up the rich history and enjoying the breathtaking scenery. http://www.skilookout.com/hiawatha/rentals.php
  • Clearwater and Snake River National Recreation Trai l, Lewiston, Idaho - Paved urban recreational trail along the Lewiston Levies provide impressive vistas of both the Clearwater and Snake rivers for 14 miles. http://www.trails.com/tcatalog_trail.aspx?trailid=BGW053-058
  • Sawtooth National Recreation Area : Many say the Stanley Basin is home to some of the best mountain biking in the country. From mild to wild Stanley, Idaho has earned a reputation for its variety of epic back country rides, mild rides through lush meadows with incredible views, large quantity of single track, and zero crowds. Visitors can hire a Mountain Bike Guide to explore the area’s best trails, or rent a bike, purchase a map and head out on your own. http://www.fs.fed.us/r4/sawtooth/recreation


Montana

  • Glacier National Park – Called the “Crown of the Continent.” Cycle the Going to the Sun Highway or the park’s rural roads showcasing sparkling lakes, alpine glaciers, deep forests, and wildlife, large and small. www.nps.gov/glac/
  • Going-to-the Sun Road Bike Ride -- An amazing, 52-mile ride up and over spectacular landscapes carved by glaciers and decorated by alpine wild flowers, cascading waterfalls, streams, and lakes. The scenery is what the adjective “awesome” was originally meant to describe. This ride will take you over the famed Going-To-The-Sun Road between Apgar on the western side of Glacier to Saint Mary on the eastern side of the park. Along the way, you will see vestiges of what was nearly a continuous ice cap covering this region until approximately 10,000 years ago. http://visitmt.com/experiences/outdoor_activities/biking/going_to_the_sun_highway/
  • West Yellowstone -- Yellowstone is the world’s first national park. The area around West Yellowstone offers outstanding road biking and mountain biking. There are many road and mountain biking options, from cruising traffic-free through Yellowstone National Park in April to riding through golden aspens in October. Don't miss September's annual Old Faithful Cycle Tour, the premier Yellowstone biking event, perfect for families and groups. www.nps.gov/yell/
  • Beartooth All American Road – “Top of the World” cycling through Montana’s highest high country, between the full-service communities of Red Lodge and Cooke City. http://visitmt.com/experiences/outdoor_activities/biking/beartooth_national_scenic_byway/
  • Lionhead Mountain Loop – A 14-mile, advanced-skill mountain bike loop outside West Yellowstone, featuring summer meadows brimming with wildflowers and spectacular views of Hebgen Lake. http://visitmt.com/experiences/outdoor_activities/biking/lionhead_mountain_loop/
  • Hornet Peak Loop – A 15-mile, moderate-skill loop in the “North Fork” -- just west of Glacier Park’s gateway community of Polebridge, featuring not only mountain biking but a short hike to the Hornet Peak Lookout. http://visitmt.com/experiences/outdoor_activities/biking/hornet_peak_loop/
  • More Montana Road and Mountain Biking Routes – For more information, visit http://visitmt.com/experiences/outdoor_activities/biking/ .


Oregon

  • Hells Canyon All-American Road - Leave the fast pace of life and follow the land into slower times and wilder places. Pass through lush valleys, rimmed by the snow-tipped Wallowa Mountains. Savor the scent of pine on the fresh mountain air. Ride along the majestic Snake River as it begins its tumbling course through North America's deepest canyon. Your choices are limitless!
  • Grande Ronde Valley Tour Route – This paved, relatively flat, 80-mile route begins and ends in La Grande. Cyclists ride on low-traffic roads past mountains, farms, rivers, and rugged, sage-covered range lands. www.traveloregon.com/Explore-Oregon/Eastern-Oregon/Trips-We-Love/The-Grande-Tour.aspx


Washington

  • Colville National Forest -- Spanning 1.1 million acres in northeastern Washington and includes the Kettle River, Selkirk mountain ranges, and the upper reaches of the Columbia River. The forest boasts exciting wildlife such as the grizzly and black bears, cougars, bald eagles, and the last remaining herd of caribou in the U.S. Visit www.fs.fed.us/r6/colville/recreation/trails/trails.shtml for more information.

Wyoming

  • Yellowstone National Park and Grand Teton National Park – Yellowstone is the world’s first national park. Bike amid steaming hot springs, shooting geysers, and roaring waterfalls. The trails in Grand Teton will take you through different biomes, providing up-close views of different animals and birds.
  • National Elk Refuge – Home to a large amount of elk, the refuge also hosts bison and about 175 species of birds. www.fws.gov/nationalelkrefuge/
  • Buffalo Bill Reservoir and State Park – Displays local history and wildlife interpretation. Offers facilities for cycling, hiking, camping, picnicking, boating, fishing, and windsurfing. www.wyomingtourism.org/overview/Buffalo-Bill-State-Park/2581
  • Absaroka Lava Flow – See geological history in the making. Can you locate rock formations such as the Old Woman and the Cabin, the Slipper, Chimney Rock, Henry Ford Rock, or Laughing Pig?
  • The Wapiti Valley – Wapiti is an Indian word for elk. Home to 12 guest and dude ranches. Camping, biking, hiking, horseback riding, and winter cross country skiing are popular. Elk, deer, Bighorn sheep, moose, and even bison roam the valley year-round. Look out for grizzlies in the summer and fall. www.wyomingtourism.org/overview/Wapiti-Valley/31498

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