Portions of Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks are now open to non-motorized traffic, with cyclists, walkers and rollerbladers cleared to traverse various roads in the parks.
In Yellowstone, the following sections of the Grand Loop Road between the West Entrance and Mammoth Hot Springs will open to cycling:
- West Entrance to Madison Junction
- Madison Junction to Norris Junction
- Norris Junction to Mammoth Hot Springs
As conditions allow, Yellowstone non-motorized traffic will also be permitted from the East Entrance to the east end of Sylvan Pass. The remainder of Yellowstone National Park roads will be closed to biking until openings begin on April 15.
In Grand Teton National Park, Teton Park Road between the Taggart Lake Trailhead and Signal Mountain Lodge is now open to bikers, walkers and rollerbladers, and the Craig Thomas Discovery and Visitor Center in Moose will open for the season on Saturday, April 9. The 14-mile section of the Teton Park Road will open to public motor vehicle traffic on Sunday, May 1. The Moose-Wilson Road, Antelope Flats Road, and Signal Mountain Summit Road remain closed to vehicle use.
The conditions this time of year in both parks can be challenging, for sure. There are no services open, and even though the roads have been plowed, they still can be icy and wet. And, with plenty of snow still on the ground, the cleared roads end up attracting plenty of wildlife on the move. Biking in both parks can be challenging but also rewarding.