Amazing biking trails abound around Glacier National Park, but there’s nothing quite as incredible as a cruise along Going-to-the-Sun Road. Every spring, this iconic road is closed to vehicle traffic but open to bikers, allowing cyclists a once-in-a-lifetime chance to have this 50-mile road practically all to themselves. Hop on your road bike for some exercise or rent an e-bike for a leisurely adventure. As you breeze down the nearly empty road, you can take in awe inspiring views of glaciers, beautiful valleys, cascading waterfalls and towering mountains that surround you. And, if you’re lucky, you might spot some wildlife on your travels, too.
Ride 10 miles of shoreline from Apgar Village to Motel Lake McDonald. Here, the road winds along one of Glacier’s most popular and picturesque lakes. You'll share the road with vehicle traffic on this stretch, but have it to yourself for the next 40 miles.
Take off from your room at Motel Lake McDonald and you'll have the most epic adventure on two wheels. You'll coast along cedar forests, waterfalls and ancient ice on your way to "The Loop."
Now on the alpine portion of the road, the views in every direction are magic. As you make your way along the Garden Wall towards Logan Pass, take your time to soak it in — this adventure is breathtaking.
It's all downhill from here. Coast easily back down to the valley floor but not without grabbing a photo op at "The Big Drift" — a wall of snow that stands at over 90 feet each winter! Enjoy the ride back – you've earned it.
Year-round adventure is yours for the asking at Grouse Mountain Lodge. Whether you’re looking for epic day trips, non-stop nightlife, manicured greens, rugged mountain bike trails, perfect skiing or just a place to relax and get back to nature, we can point you in every direction. The only question is: how much fun can you handle?
West Glacier Village is situated at the west entrance to Glacier National Park on the bank of the Flathead River. These rustic motel rooms and cozy cabins offer budget-friendly accommodations steps from Glacier National Park and the Going-to-the-Sun Road.
With middle-of-it-all location, Motel Lake McDonald and Apgar Village Lodge offer budget conscious accommodation right on the Going-to-the-Sun Road.
Who can ride?
In the spring, you can only access the road by bike (including e-bikes!) or on foot as a hiker.
Make sure to keep an eye on road closures due to spring plowing or construction before heading out.
Get geared up
Our partners at Glacier Outfitters in Apgar Village have the right bike or e-bike for you. Plus, you'll save when you bundle rentals and lodging.
It’s dependent on road conditions, but spring conditions usually last from late-May to mid-June.
A small fee is required to access the road, available through the National Park Service.