Indeed, the spring biking is a popular activity for those in the area, especially on weekends when they basically have the roads to themselves. It’s not an activity for the casual biker, usually — although plenty of folks bike in and out of West Yellowstone up to Madison — but it is one full of solitude and challenge.
The National Park Service warns that cycling in the Park during this time of year is not for the faint of heart. First, it’s still cold, and there’s always the chance of extreme weather, whether it be snow or blustery winds. Not all the snow has been removed, and pullouts and parking areas remain inaccessible and filled with snow.
In addition, no Park services will be open in the interior of the park. Riders need to be prepared to be out in the elements for an extended period of time in case they experience a mechanical breakdown, injury or other emergency. And there will be traffic on the road in terms of NPS vehicles and snowplows, as crews prepare the road for the April 15 opening.
But there are plenty of pluses. With lots of snow still on the ground, the roads are also used by bison, elk, wolves and bears. That means prepping for encounters (bring the bear spray!) and keeping an eye out.