Top 10 Places to Visit in Montana by Bike

Top 10 Places to Visit in Montana by Bike

Remember when we said the best place ever is Wyoming? Ok, it is, we still believe every word. But add now to it the Montana state too. We loved to ride this place of Rockies’ wilderness, dozen of glistening glaciers and hundreds of sparkling lakes.

Take few days off from the city buzz and recharge your batteries and self confidence in the middle of nature wonders.

1. Glacier National Park

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As the Crown of the Continent, Glacier is the headwaters for streams that flow to the Pacific Ocean, the Gulf of Mexico, and to Hudson's Bay. It features alpine meadows, deep forests, waterfalls, about 50 glistening glaciers and 200 sparkling lakes. The vistas seen from Going-To-The-Sun Road are breathtaking, a photographers paradise.

Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park is dominated by large fjord-like glacial lakes and for many visitors they are a primary destination. What happens here affects waters in a huge section of North America. Due to a detection of invasive mussel populations in central Montana, Glacier has closed all park waters to motorized and trailered watercraft until further notice.

Although opportunities for cycling in Glacier National Park are somewhat limited, there are still a few places to enjoy Glacier's spectacular scenery while on a bike.

For an easy stroll or a family bike outing, choose Creek Bike Path which runs from West Glacier to the Apgar Visitors Center. Is relatively flat, two-mile long. For more experienced riders the option is Going-to-the-Sun Road, one of the most popular routes for road cyclists is the. This epic ride climbs almost 3300 feet over the course of its 32-mile route from the Apgar Visitor Center to Logan Pass.

Guys, you should use extreme caution while riding this road: it's narrow near the top, and is nothing more than a shelf carved out of the side of the mountain. Also, you should be aware that the Going-to-the-Sun Road has little or no shoulder on the side, and is winding with many blind curves. You'll need to watch for oncoming vehicles, make sure your bike is in complete working order, especially your brakes and stay comfortable on a reliable bike saddle.

2. Flathead Lake

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The largest natural freshwater lake west of the Mississippi is 28 miles long and up to 15 miles wide, providing 188 square miles of pure pleasure!

The lake’s pure sparkling waters and miles of tree-lined shore offer unlimited recreational opportunities and wildlife habitat.

Don’t forget your bike home! Legendary bike trails for all level of riders can be found at Whitefish Mountain Resort partially located on the Flathead National Forest. The Summit Trail can be accessed by chair lift or ride up to the summit of Big Mountain. Enjoy spectacular views of Glacier National Park and Flathead Valley, then descend down to the village. There is also the Run Away Train Trail for more advanced riders who like the "Free Ride" style.

3. Missoula

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Nestled in the Northern Rockies of Montana, surrounded by seven wilderness areas and at the confluence of three rivers, Missoula is an outdoor enthusiast’s dream. Going for mountain biking miles of exhilarating trails or cruising around town, you'll quickly discover why Missoula has been dubbed a gold level bike-friendly city. On any given day, you may well see more bikes parked and locked up than cars in downtown. Missoula's bicycle system includes more than 20 miles of bike lanes and routes on major streets. Head ten minutes from the heart of downtown and you can put yourself on a scenic slope surrounded by nothing but nature.

If you like singletrack trails in pine forests with magnificent scenic vistas, you’ll love mountain biking in Missoula. Major mountain biking trail systems are located within minutes of downtown Missoula and include the Rattlesnake Recreation Area, Pattee Canyon, and Blue Mountain.

Additionally, the Clark Fork Riverfront Trail System links to biking trails in the Deer Creek and Marshall Mountain areas.

4. Bozeman

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Bozeman, Montana has become one of the leading destinations for a Western Rocky Mountain vacation. With more than 300 sunny days a year, Bozeman, Montana, is a four-season tourist destination for visitors of all ages.

Bozeman is home to some of the best riding in Montana. If you're into ripping downhill runs or long epic rides then Bozeman is for you!

There is no better way to experience Bozeman than to get out and pedal around. Tour the city by means of comprehensive bike lanes or trek through the surrounding foothills and mountains on miles of bike trails. Hyalite Canyon is a popular area for both road and mountain bikes. The first leg of the trip is a paved road to Hyalite Reservoir.

Here you can have a break to refuel with a perfect lunch. If you have the right equipment, you  can continue on the dirt roads beyond. If you didn't have enough room to pack your own bike, stop into any number of shops to rent one for the day, and even find a knowledgeable tour guide who can escort you through the best trails around Bozeman.

5. Garden of One Thousand Buddhas

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Dedicated as an International Peace Center, the Garden of One Thousand Buddhas supports people in cultivating inner peace and in preserving the ancient culture of Tibet.

The mission of the Garden is to provide visitors of all faiths with an opportunity to generate profound merit, to reduce global negativities, and to bring about lasting peace. Through the use of the ancient symbols of Buddhism, the Garden awakens one’s natural inner qualities of joy, wisdom, and compassion. Informative guided tours of the Garden of One Thousand Buddhas are offered each Saturday at 1 pm. May to October.

Tours are offered during the winter Oct-May also, but only with an appointment. The Garden of One Thousand Buddhas is open year round from dawn till dusk to all visitors.

6. West Yellowstone

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This small, fun-filled town is Yellowstone National Park's busiest gateway and a mecca for year-round outdoor recreation enthusiasts. Summer finds visitors fly fishing, river rafting, mountain biking, trail rides and hiking while those in the winter come to enjoy cross-country skiing, snowmobiling and touring snow-coaches.

Wildlife watching is a year-round activity, while great shopping can be found along the boardwalks of the west gate to the world's first national park.

Surrounded by three national forests, blue-ribbon trout streams, and beautiful mountain lakes, West Yellowstone features lodging, dining, shopping, and family-friendly activities year-round.

7. Butte

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Once the largest city found west of the Mississippi, Butte is one of America’s historic mining towns.

The Butte Trolley Tour is a fun and unique way to learn about the city.

The tour takes about 2 hours, during which you will learn about the Butte’s colorful history that includes celebrities, scoundrels, and a multitude of miners. Starting at the end of the Butte Chamber of Commerce, you will pass by a number of memorable sites including the Charles W. Clark Chateau, Copper King Mansion, Dumas Brothel Museum, and Mai Wah Museum. There is only one stop in the tour and that is at the Berkeley Pit Viewing Stand. It only runs during the summer, from Memorial Day to Labor Day, Sunday through Friday.

If you want see the best mountain biking experience possible, then come in July and ride witin The Butte 100! The most difficult mountain bike race in the country. The Butte 100 race weekend consists of three individual races, a 100 mile,  50 mile, and the Sorini 25, taking place atop the Continental Divide just outside of Butte, Montana.

The race has grown from a small group of dedicated locals on a gravel road, to world-class athletes competing on world-class trails.

Of course, you can test your own strength on the same circuit!

8. Billings 

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He billings area has miles and miles of scenic, user friendly trails throughout the city. Ride or walk along the legendary Yellowstone River, take in the forever views from swords park trail or head west to a more wild landscape near Zimmerman Park.

With over 40 miles of paved and gravel trails as well as bike lanes, Billings is a bicycle friendly community. While you’re in town, hop on one of the trails and enjoy the big sky in Montana’s Trailhead.

First stop by the Billings Visitor Information Center where the friendly volunteers will help you find the trails you’re looking for, supply you with maps and give you suggestions of what to see and do along the way. Need a bike? No problem! You can borrow one from the Visitor Center at no charge!

Ok, 40 miles is not easy to ride if you don’t have the perfect comfort on your bike. Many bikes come with the wrong uncomfortable saddle. Many times, rides think it’s their fault. But it isn’t...

That’s why we have total confidence to recommend you the Bikeroo Cruiser Saddle. The soft padding and extra wide design makes this seat the perfect replacement saddle for your long and relaxing bike rides.

9. Cooke City

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Scenic beauty, outdoor recreation, and unique small-town charm dominate in the tiny outpost of Cooke City tucked between Yellowstone’s Northeast Entrance and the imposing Beartooth Mountains.Cooke City is one of the entrances to Yellowstone National Park.

It is perhaps most famous for the road that connects Cooke City with Red Lodge. Called "the most scenic drive in America", the Beartooth Pass on U.S. Highway 212 has dramatic switchbacks traversing the spectacular Beartooth Range.

Surrounded by national forest, wilderness and Yellowstone National Park, the area is an outdoor recreationist's dream. The Chief Joseph Scenic Byway (WY 296) is another breathtaking road, hooks up with the Beartooth about 10 miles from the park.

Once you’re in town, stop by the Cooke City Store. First built in 1886, the general store now stocks dry goods, books, groceries, and maps.

10. Sidney

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Montana’s “Sunrise City”- Sidney - lies just under 10 miles from the North Dakota border along the Yellowstone River.

Rolling plains and its proximity to the Montana and Dakota Badlands - along with the opportunity for friendly conversation over a local craft beer - make Sidney a spot worth visiting. If you come here, also explore eastern Montana artifacts and history at Missouri River Country’s MonDak Heritage Center in Sidney.

See you next time!