Opportunities for mountain biking within Jackson Hole are numerous. The mountains are laced with roads, two-track paths, single-track trails, and paved roads throughout the park and forest areas. Discover the trails with one of the area's guides or biking outfitters.
Every bicycle shop in town sells bike trail maps and their knowledgeable staff can help you determine the best place to ride geared to your ability and stamina. Here are just a couple suggestions:
- Cruiser Ride: National Elk Refuge
This dirt road winds along the east side of the National Elk Refuge offering views of the Grand Tetons and the Gros Ventre Range. From the town square, head east on Broadway until it dead ends a the entrance to the National Elk Refuge. Turn left and follow this dirt road. This is an out and back ride, so ride out as far as you like, turn around, and come back. Watch for cars.
- Road Ride: Grand Teton National Park
While the park is currently building more biking pathways to accommodate safe travel for walkers and bikers, the park offers beautiful roads for road riding. You can make a loop out of it and ride up the Outer Park Road and down the Inner Park Road. Like all road rides, watch for cars and large RVs.
- Downhill Trails: Teton Pass
Strap on the armor and hit a number of trails on Teton Pass, built with tons of jumps and features. Stop by a local bike shop for suggestions and directions. Rides like Blacks Canyon and the Parallel Trail are great for those just getting into downhilling.
- Cross Country Trails: Cache Creek
Cache Creek is a popular mountain biking destination among locals. This huge network of trails offers a variety of single track. Check out Putt Putt for a cruisy trail lined with aspens. Or hump it up the Farrins switch backs if you are really looking for the burn. Just heading out the Cache Creek dirt road is a great option for kids and still beautiful and fun.
- More Single Track: Teton Valley Idaho
You'll find a huge variety of single track just over Teton Pass in the towns of Victor and Driggs Idaho that make up Teton Valley. Try the cruisy but technical Aspen Trail or the fun loop around Rick's Basin and the downhill trail network at Grand Targhee. Or make an afternoon out of it and head to Horseshoe Canyon (bring a detailed map). If you are heading over from Jackson, stop at the bottom of the pass on the Idaho side and ride the newly developed Rush Hour Trail. A couple of bike shops in Victor and Driggs offer rentals and can guide you on your way.
A new popular winter activity is snow biking. Snow bikes have fat studded tires allowing riders to cruise along groomed or packed winter trails. Access areas you can usually only see with snowshoes or cross country skis. Tours and rentals are available.
Hire A Guide
If you are new to the sport, or simply new to the area, the best approach to biking in Jackson Hole is to hire a guide. Guides know the best places to ride, how to keep you safe, and still give you the experience of a lifetime.