Biking Glacier National Park 2018-08-27T08:08:51+00:00

Biking Glacier National Park: Self Guided

Tired of the Glacier National Park vehicle traffic? Try biking Glacier National Park, instead. You can rent a bike from our office and ride the easy, downhill 1.5 miles to the West Glacier entrance! Glacier Guides and Montana Raft is located on the Gateway to Glacier Bike Path, which connects to Glacier National Park’s bike trails. If you want a classic bike ride, try biking the Going To The Sun Road.

Want to Ride the Going to the Sun Road in the Summer?

Pro Tip: if the Road is fully open to vehicle traffic, we highly recommend getting on the Logan Pass Express at the Apgar Visitor Center at 7am, loading your bike onto their rack, and heading straight down once you get to the top. You do need to be back to Apgar by 11am to be in compliance with Glacier National Park biking regulations.

Self guided Glacier National Park biking begins at Glacier Guides and Montana Raft's office, located on the Gateway to Glacier Bike Path.

Gateway to Glacier Bike Path trail map – click to enlarge!

A self guided biking trip of Glacier National Park begins at Glacier Guides and Montana Raft’s office, located on the Gateway to Glacier Bike Path. From our office, you can ride directly into West Glacier and Glacier National Park, or head west along the Bike Path and explore the towns of Coram and Hungry Horse. Great places to eat, drink, and recreate are located along the Bike Path.

self guided Glacier National Park biking bike routes map

Glacier National Park bike routes map – click to enlarge!

We rent men’s, women’s, and children’s Raleigh Cadent 3 bikes, which are a hybrid between a mountain bike and a road bike.  In other words, comfortable, safe, and perfect for biking around many miles of Northwest Montana! Helmets are included with each rental.

self guided biking Glacier National Park

Self guided Glacier National Park biking is fun for the whole family!

Self Guided Glacier National Park Biking: What To Know

What To Bring

We suggest when preparing for biking Glacier National Park — particularly if you are headed up the Going-to-the-Sun Road — as though you were going hiking. On a nice day, shorts will work just fine! However, keep in mind that rain and snow are always possible in the mountains. Even if you think the day is nice enough for shorts, bring synthetic layers, such as long underwear or high-tech exercise leggings. Definitely pack rain pants and jacket, and a puffy coat or fuzzy fleece jacket, as conditions are likely to change. Gloves and a warm hat are a must in the high country, particularly in the shoulder seasons. Hiking shoes are advised. Bring a water bottle or purchase one at our retail store for $3. Also, if you’re biking in Glacier National Park, be sure to check out the regulations.


Glacier National Park Bike rentals include Raleigh Cadent 3 bicycle and helmet – Diamondback for adults, ultralight Pryme for kids. $40/day. We rent bike carriers that fit a variety of cars for $20. Call 406-387-555 to reserve.

Other Glacier National Park Biking Options

If you’d like an interpretive, guided experience with one of our highly trained, friendly, and entertaining guides on the Going-to-the-Sun Road, or other paved roads within Glacier National Park, we do those, too! However, we only guide on roads that are closed to vehicle traffic, so typically our trips are spring and late fall only.

Biking Glacier National Park with Glacier Guides and Montana Raft is the ultimate spring adventure!

Glacier National Park biking with Glacier Guides and Montana Raft is the ultimate spring adventure!