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A Ride for Every Season

Six mountain bike trails for winter and beyond

Whether there’s snow on the trail or not, mountain biking is a year-round activity in Montana for those looking to explore the scenic countryside while giving their legs a workout. As spring approaches, Glacier National Park and Yellowstone National Park open their roads exclusively for bikers. Travelers can track road conditions on the park websites, and then grab a bike and go. These bike routes are the perfect way to welcome in the warm season.

Going-to-the-Sun Road

Biking on the historic Going-to-the-Sun Road is one of Montana’s best under-the-radar activities. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places and named a National Historic Civil Engineering Landmark, this sprawling 50-mile highway runs through the heart of Glacier National Park and is open exclusively to bikes during the spring. This road will take you along the beautiful landscape in one of the nation’s most treasured parks. It’s also a great opportunity to see Montana’s vast wildlife, from harlequin ducks to bears. Remember to always be aware, not approach wildlife, and to carry bear spray when riding. Before heading out, check the snow plow progress on the park’s website to see how far you can travel. This is a trek like you’ve never experienced before.
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Mount Helena Ridge Trail

Named one of the Silver Level Ride Centers in the world from International Mountain Bicycling Association, Helena is a go-to stop for any mountain biker. The city offers over 75 miles of trails within a seven-mile radius of downtown. The crown-jewel of the expansive South Hills Trail System is Mount Helena Ridge Trail, an iconic route which offers a mix of steep climbs, exhilarating downhill runs, and technical turns.
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Yellowstone National Park

Take a ride through the nation’s first national park this spring. The North Entrance connects Gardiner and Cooke City and runs through the beautiful land of Yellowstone National Park, passing near landmarks such as Mammoth Hot Springs and Lamar Valley. This road is open to bicycles all year, weather permitting. Check the snow plow progress on the park’s website before heading out. Grab your bike and get ready for a ride to remember.
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Great Divide Mountain Bike Trail

Get ready for the adventure of a lifetime. Available during the winter and summer, the Great Divide Mountain Bike Trail is the world’s longest mountain bike route, following along the Continental Divide from Alberta to New Mexico. If you’re not looking to take the full 2,768 mile trip, the trail runs through some of the most scenic views in Montana – beginning along Glacier National Park, past beautiful Seeley Lake, through the bustling cities of Helena and Butte, and into the sweeping landscape of Yellowstone Country. For those looking to start the trail from the state’s capital, Helena offers a free shuttle from downtown to the trailhead. Whether you’re taking the full 700-mile trip through Montana or a short ride on North America’s most famous trail, this adventure is sure to create countless memories and tired legs.
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Emerald Lake Trail

Located just a short drive from Bozeman, Emerald Lake Trail is a popular route for nature lovers. This nine-mile trail runs through the Hyalite Canyon Recreation Area high country and ends at the shores of Emerald Lake. Spend a day in the mountains riding along the beautiful backcountry before returning to Bozeman for a well-earned meal at The Nova Cafe or Montana Ale Works.
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Whitefish Trail

Whitefish Trail is a sprawling network of biking and hiking routes which connect the city of Whitefish with over 36 miles of alpine forests, clear lakes, and sweeping mountain views. Visitors can travel along the trail to a number of local landmarks, including Lion Mountain, Beaver Lake, and Spencer Mountain. This is one of the few places that offers groomed trails, making it the perfect way to explore the surrounding area of Whitefish while also getting an enjoyable and heart-healthy workout.
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