Golden Gate

Known as the Golden Gate to Yellowstone National Park, this route up from Mammoth, Wyo., to Swan Lake Flat is a considerable elevation gain that begins a 49-mile trip to West Yellowstone for some riders.

On weekends it can be a festive affair with costumed travelers cheering each other on.

Beginning Monday, March 27, bicyclists willing to brave the unpredictable elements of spring in Yellowstone National Park can travel 49 miles of park roads from the West Entrance at West Yellowstone to Mammoth Hot Springs.

There is no bicycle access to Old Faithful or Canyon until the first interior park roads open to public motorized vehicle access on April 21.

A bicycle trip into Yellowstone this time of year can include quickly changing weather, snow and ice on sections of road, tall snowbanks along roads and pullouts that are snowpacked.

Bicyclists are required to ride single file and follow all other rules of the road. Cyclists should expect to encounter and yield to snowplows or other motorized vehicles.

Also be prepared to encounter bears, bison, elk, wolves and other wildlife at any time. Riders are strongly encouraged to carry bear spray, be prepared to turn around when encountering wildlife on the road, and must stay out of closed areas.

No services are available along these sections of road. Cellphone coverage throughout the park is sparse and unreliable. Riders should plan for self-rescue or repair. More information can be found on the park’s website at Spring Bicycling.

Cyclists can call 307-344-2109 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on weekdays for updated road information. Yellowstone National Park road information is available 24 hours a day at Park Road Updates or by calling 307-344-2117.

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