Best National Parks for Biking

Acadia National Park, Maine
Acadia National Park and the surrounding Maine communities offer a truly spectacular setting for the bicycling enthusiast or professional alike. The Park has approximately 45 miles of suitable road surfaces comprised of the famous Carriage Roads (financed and directed by John D. Rockefeller, Jr., between 1913 and 1940) and portions of paved motor vehicle roadways. Carriage Roads wind through the heart of the park and have crushed rock surfaces. Some of the Carriage Roads are on private land and are posted as closed to bicycles.

Shenandoah National Park, Virginia
Gazing across the horizon from the peaks of Shenandoah National Park it’s hard to believe you are just 75 miles from the bustle of our nation’s capital. Take Skyline Drive along the crest of the mountains through the woods and past spectacular vistas. Hike in the shade of oak trees along the Appalachian Trail, discover the stories from Shenandoah’s past, or just relax in the wonder of wilderness.


 

  

Big Bend National Park, Texas
Lightly traveled roads and varied terrain make Big Bend a premier bicycling location. Over 100 miles of paved roads, and 160 miles of backcountry dirt roads provide challenges for riders of all types and abilities. Bicyclists must be extremely cautious and well-prepared, but bicycling allows outstanding panoramic views, unobstructed by a windshield. It also allows the bicyclist to see and hear some of the smaller wonders of Big Bend from a more intimate viewpoint.

Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado
Mountain biking on paved roads in Rocky Mountin National Park offers dramatic scenery. Trail Ridge Road, Bear Lake Road and Old Fall River Road are frequented by bikers looking for a challenge.If you choose to skip the uphill part, local companies will drive you to the top and you can ride downhill to town. The Park advises mountain bikers: Be aware park roads have narrow or no shoulders, and often carry heavy traffic. To minimize conflicts with vehicles, plan your ride for the early morning hours. Try to be off the road in late afternoon when thunderstorms and lightening create serious hazards

Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming
Biking is a popular activity in the park. Currently, there are no formal bikepaths, but beginning in 2009 a section of the park's new multi-use pathway is scheduled to open to the public. The pathway section from Taggart Lake Trailhead to South Jenny Lake is scheduled to open in the spring of 2009 with the section from Dornans property line to Taggart Lake Trailhead scheduled to open during the fall of 2009. Unique regulations apply to the multi-use pathway. More information will follow upon opening. Some roads in the park have only a very narrow shoulder, or lack one altogether. Extreme caution must be used
 
Canyonlands National Park, Utah
Canyonlands is famous for its mountain biking terrain, particularly for the 100-mile White Rim Road at the Island in the Sky. The Maze also offers some multi-day trip possibilities, though the logistics and roads are more difficult (for the support vehicles, not the bikes). Many of the roads in the Needles travel up wash bottoms and are unsuitable for bikes due to deep sand and water. Permits are required for all overnight trips in the backcountry. Permits are not required for day rides. During the spring and fall, demand for permits frequently exceeds the number available. If you plan to visit Canyonlands during peak season, especially to camp along the White Rim Road, it is recommended that you make reservations well in advance. These permits can be reserved starting the second Monday in July for the next calendar year.

Zion National Park, Utah
Bikes are allowed on established roads in Zion National Park but not on the trails. The one exception is the paved Pa'rus Trail. This trail runs along the Virgin River and connects with the Zion National Park Campgrounds. This is a great place for the family to get out and bike inside of the park. Although biking through Zion Canyon is safer now that the majority of cars do not travel this road, there is still danger from the wide turns of the Zion Canyon Shuttle. Bike groups are often seen riding on the main highway through Zion National Park, the Zion -Mt. Carmel Highway that runs from the south side of the park to Mount Carmel Junction.

Redwood National Park, California
Explore the secluded habitats of majestic redwoods towering more than 350 feet over hushed forest floors, whose saplings took root up to two millennia ago. Hike through a fern-laced slot canyon, ride past rolling farmland and paddle across a pristine lagoon, home to abundant birdlife. There's plenty of time to swim in rivers, play on the beach and relax in peaceful surroundings. From off-the-beaten-track national and state parks to rugged Pacific shoreline, discover this regal region by foot, bike and kayak, savoring tranquil nights beside coastal meadows and beneath ancient canopies.

Crater Lake National Park, Oregon
Each year, increasing numbers of cyclists come to Crater Lake National Park to ride around the lake on the 33-mile Rim Drive. The route is physically demanding. Steep hills at high elevation may encourage even the most fit riders to pause at many of the road's thirty overlooks and pullouts. The payoff, however, is spectacular scenery, seen at a pace that few visitors choose to take enough time for.

Death Valley National Park, California
Bicycles can be used on all park roads that are open to public vehicular traffic. They can also be used on routes that have been designated for bicycle use in developed areas such as the path between the visitor center and the Harmony Borax Works. They are not allowed on closed roads, service roads, off of roadways, or on any trails. Riding a bicycle abreast of another bicycle on our narrow roads is dangerous and is also prohibited. Death Valley has more than 785 miles of roads including hundreds of miles suitable for Mountain Biking.

 

Cycling Tours & Bicycle Web Sites

BACKROADS - the premier active travel company, offering fully supported, upscale and distinctive bicycling, hiking, multisport vacations.

New Mexico Mountain Bike Adventures - These New Mexico Mountain Biking Adventures cover climate zones from desert lowlands to high alpine meadows on the same biking trip.

Vermont Bicycle Touring - We have been the leader in bike tours for 35 years. We are committed to offering you exceptional quality and value. Enjoy time-tested itineraries, a variety of cycling routes, full van support, expert trip leaders, outstanding hotels, and regional cuisine.

Bike Riders Bicycle Tours - Distinctive, small group cycling vacations in New England, Canada and Europe. Guest chef tours and self-guided tours are available.

Rocky Mountain Worldwide Cycle Tours - All-incusive multi day cycling, mountain biking and multi sport adventures in the Canadian Rockies and on the West Coast.

Breaking Away Cycling Tours - Since 1985 Breaking Away has invited fitness, touring and racing cyclists to join us on cycling vacations that "exceed all expectations." Our guests have spread the word that Breaking Away offers trips that are very special in the world of cycling, with referrals comprising of nearly 75% of our clientele each year. We are honored to have been selected as "must do trips" by Bicycling Magazine, VeloNews, Outside Magazine and Men's Journal as well as featured in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and ESPN.

Getaway Bike Tours - Why choose Getaway Adventures over other outdoor tour companies in Wine Country? Come bike, kayak, and hike in our backyard!

The World Outdoors - Extraordinary Off-the-beaten-path Bike Adventures. 

Bicycle Adventures - Outstanding bicycle tours, active vacations, hiking trips, and multisport tours throughout the Pacific Northwest, Hawaii, and western Canada.

Timberline Adventures - Denver, CO
A small "ma & pa" bicycle and hiking tour operator, currently into our 27th year of creating and staging an extensive collection of bicycling and hiking adventure vacations, primarily in the western (liberally defined) U.S. & Canada. Ours is a program addressed to those who love to bike and hike, and are looking for athletic content and unique itineraries. Our program also focuses on the national parks of the U.S. & Canada, with programs planned in 38 parks and monuments in 2009.

Digngo Bike Tours
A company that organizes luxury and customize bike tours in France.Unique and personalized bike tours in France. Our tours are designed to immerse you in the French culture through hands on and cultural encounters.
  
Bike Magazines
Asphalt Magazine - Asphalt is a magazine for the dedicated road cyclist. Whether you race, ride centuries or just make it out to the local group ride a few days a week, Asphalt addresses your lifestyle like no other publication. From gorgeous photos of bikes and destinations, to real stories you can curl up with in bed, Asphalt is a magazine of substance.

Bike Magazine - Bike Magazine takes its readers on a ride of his own. You will enjoy the style, substance and highest quality photography that only Bike can deliver to its subscribers. Product and accessory reviews keep you informed and up to date on everything you need for the ride of your life!

Bicycling Magazine - Bicycling Magazine is the number one road and mountain biking magazine. Bicycling has all the practical tips you need to make every ride more enjoyable in this informative publication. This magazine provides key research from industry organizations to help bring more people into the sport, to create and maintain bike paths and off-road trail access.

Cycling Plus - This is a magazine for anyone who appreciates the all-out effort of time-trialing, the freedom of touring, the cut-and-thrust of commuting, and the sheer joy of just being out on the road. It covers new developments in the world of UK cycling and reviews and tests products.

Cycling Utah  covers road and mountain-bike racing, road tours and rides, festivals, new products, and road tests. It also provides maps, information on trails, and an events calendar.

Gearhead.com - Online Magazine
At Gearhead, you can create a lasting identity via your own profile page, join discussion groups, read and submit product reviews, find and review local trails, and easily communicate with others who share your interests. And this is just the beginning!

Mountain Bike Action Magazine  - Mountain Bike Action Magazine is the magazine for the off-road bicycle enthusiast, from the trail rider to the commuter to the ATB competitor. Each monthly issue contains bike tests, technical how-to articles, riding tips, racing coverage, buyer's guides and more.

Triathlete Magazine - Triathlete Magazine is a monthly publication of, about, and for triathletes. It tracks and details the updates in the triathlon world, including the bikes of the month, and shoes of the month. It gives summaries on leaders in the sport, gives tips on clothing apparel, and gives attitude notes.
  

Bike Forums
Bycling Forums - Buy sell or trade any cycling related item in this classified forum. Plus, touring and mountain biking information and equipment.
 

Bike Forums - A collection of bicycle discussion forums. Road Cycling, mountain biking, equipment, touring, triathlon, winter cycling, and much more.

Cycling Plus - Over the past five years the Cycling Plus forum has made a tremendous contribution to the British cycling community it is a fantastic and well used source.

RAGBRAI Forum - Bike ride across Iowa forum
 

RoadBikeReview: Cycling gear reviews, forums, and classifieds product reviews, ratings and classifieds for road bikes, cycling, bicycle, bike, parts, components, mountain biking, used bike, bicycle classifieds.

Womens Cycling Forums
  - A forum for discussing primarily women cycling. The discussions range from low key intro forums to racing.
 
 

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This listing of the best national park biking in America is constantly being revised as we experience and ride on new tours or hear about other bike tours offered in the United States. So, if you feel we are missing one, please email us and let us know!