Wyoming is an amazing place to climb mountains by bike. Home to rich western history, wide open plains, and unobstructed views from high elevation, you will never regret traveling to Wyoming for a cycling adventure.
HARDEST BIKE CLIMB IN WYOMING
ALTERNATE ROUTE 14
Cycling Alternate Route 14, Wyoming.
Ride by bike into the Bighorn Mountains as they rise from the Great Plains.
The bike climb up Alternate Route 14 is thirteen miles.
THE HIGHEST BIKE CLIMB IN WYOMING
BEARTOOTH PASS SOUTH
Cycling Beartooth Pass South, Wyoming.
Ride 21.5 miles gaining 4,329’ to elevation 10,947’.
Just 70 miles from the northern entrance to Yellowstone, this is a must-do for anyone near the northern section of Yellowstone. Together with Beartooth Pass North (Montana), this is one of the most epic and scenic out-and-backs in the US.
THE LONGEST BIKE CLIMB IN WYOMING
POWDER RIVER PASS WEST
Cycling Powder River.
Ride 24.8 miles gaining 5,258’ at 3.8% average grade.
This climb, which starts a few miles east of Ten Sleep on Highway 16, is a long climb at just under 25 miles, but never too steep. After several miles, we enter the Bighorn National Forest where the scenery is amazing. Views include high rocky cliffs (similar to Cedar Canyon in Utah), beautiful pine trees, and flowing rivers along Highway 16.
THE OLDEST NATIONAL PARK IN THE US
YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK
The US’ first national park, established 1872.
Fun Facts about Yellowstone National Park:
- Considered the first national park in the world, created March 1, 1872 by President Ulysees S. Grant. There was not another national park founded until Sequoia National Park (on September 25, 1890), and then Yosemite National Park (on October 1, 1890).
- Yellowostone is the nation’s eighth largest national park, at 2,221,766 acres (3,500 square miles). Wrangell-St Elias National Park, in Alaska, is the country's largest national park at 13,200,000 acres.
- Yellowstone spans three states: 96% in Wyoming, 3% in Montana, and 1% Idaho.
- This park is larger than the states of Delaware and Rhode Island combined.
- Visitors to the park should be aware of a problem for motorists: 4,500,000 visitors per year. This is not a problem for us, though. As with other extremely crowded tourist attractions (Yosemite, Road to Hana, etc.) if you are on a bike, you are not “stuck” in traffic and can stop wherever you please. We appreciate that there is some greater danger in traveling the park on a bike, but in our opinion, the danger is small and the benefit great.