Montana Rockies Ride June 19 – 25, 2016

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 Montana Rockies Ride Itinerary

Spend a week riding the Rocky Mountain Northwest exploring all that Big Sky Country has to offer: beautiful vistas, challenging mountain passes, local breweries, streams, rivers and Montana hospitality. Our 7-day, 427 mile ride from West Yellowstone to West Glacier, Montana will capture your imagination. Ride over the Continental Divide! Fully supported tour with indoor accommodations, meals in local establishments, on-route SAG and we transport your luggage. Eleven meals are provided in the fee (4 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 2 dinners). Limited to 13 riders.

Day 1: West Yellowstone, Montana (0 miles) – Al’s Westward Hotel

We will gather together in the afternoon in West Yellowstone, Montana, the west gate to Yellowstone National Park. If you arrive before today, take a day to explore the western edge of Yellowstone National Park including the “Old Faithful” geyser. We will enjoy a meal together as we meet each other and prepare ourselves for the week ahead. Dinner will be followed by an orientation meeting before we tuck-in for the evening.

Day 2: Ennis, Montana (73 miles) – Fan Mountain Inn

We will spend the day riding downhill, giving up 1600 ft in elevation as we ride from West Yellowstone (6500 ft) to Ennis (4900 ft). Although generally downhill, we will climb up past Hebgen Lake to the infamous Earthquake Lake, formed in 1959 when a 7.5 earthquake blocked the Madison River to form the lake. We’ll cycle through the Gallatin National Forest before dropping into the Madison valley and will be awed by the mountain ranges on either side as we ride alongside the Madison River. We will finish the day in Ennis, MT well known as the heart of the world’s best fly-fishing country.

Day 3: Whitehall, Montana (70 miles) – Rodeway Inn

We start the day with a 2000′ climb before dropping down into Historic Virginaa City and Nevada City. We will continue riding down the valley today with the Madison mountain range to our east all day as we pass through the traditional Montana towns of Sheridan and Twin Bridges. We will offer an optional tour of the Lewis & Clark Caverns after we finish our day in the town of Whitehall, Montana nestled in the Rocky Mountains of Montana.

Day 4: Phillipsburg, Montana (87 miles) – Broadway Inn

Today is a BIG day for us! We will cross the majestic Continental Divide at Pipestone Pass (6382 ft) during the early morning as we make our way into the copper mining boon-town of Butte, Montana. After a winding jaunt along frontage roads we will find ourselves in Anacondia, Montana before we begin the long climb up to Georgetown Lake (6245 ft) in the Anaconda Range (Pintlars), a favorite recreation are for western Montanans. Our efforts will be reward with at 15 mile downhill cruise down the Flint Creek Valley to the quaint town of Phillipsburg, Montana with it’s classic candy store, cafes, and the Phillipsburg Brewery Company. 

Day 5: Ovando, Montana (65 miles) – Blackfoot Inn & Others

You’ll encounter the last of the major climbs today as you ride through the town of Drummond, Montana and work your way past huge western ranches, meadows, small towns and perhaps a cattle drive on the way to the town of Ovando, a small western town redefining itself as the mountain bike destination off the Great Divide Mountain Bike route.

Day 6: Swan Lake, Montana (84 miles) – Laughing Horse Inn

There will be lots of eye candy today as we ride into, and down, the Swan Valley with the incredible Mission Mountains on your left and the Bob Marshall Wilderness on your right the ENTIRE day. The valley contains the Seeley, Swan, and Holland lakes. The beautiful winding road has a new awe-inspiring view around every turn. You will not be able to wipe the grin off your face.

Day 7: West Glacier, Montana (61 miles)

Over final day together will bring us to the entrance to perhaps the greatest national park in the lower 48: Glacier National Park. We will gather for a final group photo and then bid farewell to our new found friends during the past week in Big Sky Country.