Yellowstone National Park is my favorite place on earth. I am lucky, a four hour drive from my doorstep gets me to Old Faithful, depending on how many ‘bear jams’ I encounter along the way. I have been visiting Yellowstone for 30 years and even fought forest fires there in my 20’s. I never get tired of it.
When I knew I had a week-long break from breast cancer appointments my first thought was to pack up the Millennium Falcon (my pop-up truck camper) and head to Yellowstone. The trip was also my 50th birthday present to myself! I’d never explored the park by mountain bike and I thought it would be fun. The park has a great brochure on the handful of trails, paths and gravel roads open to cyclists: Bike in the Park.
I usually avoid Yellowstone in the middle of summer due to crowds, but this time I was headed to an area less popular with tourists. I camped at Indian Creek Campground, which is a little out of the way, but a perfect jumping off point to explore trails that were new to me in the Mammoth Hot Springs area.
The two places that allow bikes in this part of the park are the Bunsen Peak Road and the Abandoned Railroad Bed Trail. If you are looking for technical single track or putting in big miles, these trails are not it. But if you are looking for beauty and solitude as well as a unique way to experience the park, this is exactly where you want to be.
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