Jackson Hole offers all sorts of adventures for cyclists, particularly those with mountain bikes. Local bike shops provide maps of mountain-bike routes. Note that bikes are not allowed on hiking trails in Grand Teton National Park or in Forest Service wilderness areas.
The main road in Grand Teton National Park is plowed but closed to cars and other motorized traffic during April. It’s great for an easy and scenic ride.
Jackson Hole is a wonderful place for bikes, and is fast becoming a destination for cycling enthusiasts, thanks in part to the Jackson Hole Community Pathways (307/732-8573, www.tetonwyo.org/pathways). This expanding network of paved paths covers 37 miles, connecting with eight more miles within Grand Teton National Park.
Additional trails are being added, and eventually these trails will all be linked, providing continuous bike paths from Hoback Junction north through Grand Teton National Park and west into Teton Valley, Idaho.
Visit the Community Pathways website (www.tetonwyo.org/pathways) for details and downloadable maps, or pick up one of their maps at the visitor center. Get additional details from Friends of Pathways (335 S. Millward St., 307/733-4534, www.friendsofpathways.org), a nonprofit advocacy group.
A paved trail heads north from Jackson along U.S. Highway 26/89/191 into Grand Teton National Park. Built in 2011, the path follows the highway to Moose, where it joins the Park Service’s bike path to Jenny Lake. With this connection, it’s now possible to bike the entire 21 miles from downtown Jackson to Jenny Lake. Underpasses beneath the highway provide bike and pedestrian access to the National Museum of Wildlife Art and the settlement of Moose in Grand Teton.
A seven-mile paved trail parallels the highway south of Jackson to the Snake River bridge. For a fun loop ride, use this path to connect to the very popular Game Creek Trail, which meets Cache Creek Trail, circling back to Jackson behind Snow King. (Some of this route is not paved.)
A paved bike path goes from the town of Wilson westward to the summit of Teton Pass (a gain of 2,000 feet in 3.5 miles), with a second arm continuing from Wilson to Teton Village and then north to Grand Teton National Park parallel to the Moose-Wilson Road. The gap between Jackson and the Snake River should be completed by 2013.
A four-mile path starts behind the main post office on Maple Way, crosses U.S. Highway 89, and continues past the high school before turning north to meet the road to Wilson (Hwy. 22). This road has wide shoulders but gets lots of traffic.
The trails at Snow King Resort (400 E. Snow King Ave., 307/733-5200 or 800/522-5464, www.snowking.com) are open to mountain bikers, and you can either pedal uphill or ride the chairlift with your bike ($12).
Jackson Hole Mountain Resort (307/733-2292 or 888/333-7766, www.jacksonhole.com) has seven miles of bike trails on the lower sections of the mountain for all levels of ability, including a very popular all-downhill bike park with groomed trails, banked corners, and jumps for all levels of ability. Access is via the Teewinot chairlift ($10 adults, $6 kids); no charge if you’ve purchased a separate tram ticket.
Bike Rentals and Tours
Mountain and road bikes are available from several local shops, including the two best places: Fitzgerald’s Bicycles and over in Wilson at Wilson Backcountry Sports.Both of these are full-service pro shops with high-quality full-suspension mountain bikes. Fitzgerald’s will even deliver bikes directly to your hotel.
Area bike shops include:
- Fitzgerald’s Bicycles
245 W. Hansen St.
- Hoback Sports
520 W. Broadway Ave.
- The Edge Sports
490 W. Broadway Ave.
- Wilson Backcountry Sports
1230 Ida Dr., in Wilson
307/353-2300 or 800/827-4433
- Adventure Sports
- Jackson Hole Sports
in Teton Village
- Teton Village Sports
in Teton Village
307/733-2181 or 800/874-4224
- Wildernest Sports
in Teton Village
All of these rent standard or cruiser bikes with helmets for $25-42 per day, $15-25 per half-day, and some also have bike trailers, full-suspension mountain bikes, road bikes, hybrid bikes, child bikes, and car racks.
Half-day mountain-bike tours are available from Fat Tire Tours/Hoback Sports (307/733-5335, www.hobacksports.com). Options include an easy National Elk Refuge ride ($55) and a more adventurous one ($85) that includes a chairlift ride to the top of Snow King leading into nearby trails.
Teton Mountain Bike Tours (307/733-0712 or 800/733-0788, www.wybike.com) has scenic half- or all-day bike trips through Grand Teton National Park, Bridger-Teton National Forest, Yellowstone National Park, and the National Elk Refuge. These trips are for all levels of ability, starting at $60 for a four-hour ride in the Antelope Flats area.
© Don Pitcher from Moon Yellowstone & Grand Teton, 5th Edition