A motorcycle adventure traveling through the Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks, cruising the Beartooth Highway, visiting Montana’s authentic mountain town of Red Lodge and Wyoming’s town of Cody along with a night camping in the Wind River Mountains was one of my greatest adventures.
I rode on the back of my friend’s Tiger Triumph. We packed enough gear to meet our basic camping and weather needs. My friend expertly drove while I appreciated the breeze on my face, the captivating terrain and our vulnerability through precarious weather and charging buffalo!
Yellowstone Road & Motorcycle Travel
Cruising on a Motorcycle in Yellowstone National Park is a fantastic way to see the sights and experience your vacation. It provides a charged sensory experience feeling the wind in your face, smelling the fresh air and vividly seeing the changing scenery. Your vulnerably to the exposure of the wind, rain, sun, thunder clouds, gravel terrain and irritated bison snorting at you crossing their path enhances the adventure. This exposure you feel riding provides a sense of freedom and involvement with your trip like no other.
While everyone in Yellowstone National Park becomes your friend in an unbelievable shared experience, a unique understanding and camaraderie is shared with fellow motorcyclists.
Check for road construction and closures prior to your trip. You may need to plan for a detour in your travel itinerary. If you are on a motorcycle, construction may lead to maneuvering on broken up gravel roads. We faced a a bumpy ride during few road construction sections.
The Adventure Trip and Yellowstone.
In Yellowstone, we visited Old Faithful, Lower Geyser Basin, Hayden Valley, Grand Canyon of Yellowstone and Yellowstone Lake as well as other well-known, incredible attractions. I would highly recommend spending time in Hayden Valley. It is very peaceful and less crowded than the western part of the park yet full of wildlife.
On my birthday, we woke up at sunrise to a beautiful sunny day in Yellowstone. A bison strolled through our campsite. We were very polite and respectful as one should be when a 2000-pound wild animal with horns snorts at you as he passes by! As the signs posted in the park warn, “Many visitors have been gored by buffalo. Buffalo can weigh 2000 pounds and can sprint at 30 MPH. Three times faster than you can run. These animals may appear tame but are wild, unpredictable, and dangerous.” It also suggested to never grab a buffalo by the tail – probably very sound advice!
It was very daunting driving through the park only to be stopped by a herd of buffalo crossing the street in front of you. We felt very vulnerable sitting totally exposed on a motorcycle with no room to escape as cars and buffalo surrounded us. Within a mere few feet of us, a massive bison looked right at us, stuck his tongue out, and hissed. We had hoped for a close viewing of animals, yet I sure didn’t expect to get this frightfully close!
Motorcycle Beartooth Highway
We left Yellowstone to travel the Bearthooth Highway. The Beartooth Highway is a stunning adventure for motorcycle enthusiasts. This inspiring rugged alpine highway offers panoramic views of snow covered mountains, granite peaks and glacier lakes. To add to the adventure, we raced ahead of huge thunderclouds!
After traveling the Beartooth highway, we stayed at the Yodeler Inn in Red Lodge, a very motorcycle friendly motel in a very charming mountain town. On our way back into the park from Red Lodge, we stopped at the Buffalo Bill Museum in Cody. I would highly recommend visiting this museum and allowing plenty of time to tour the exhibits.
Grand Teton National Park
The Grand Tetons are incredibly beautiful, and we kept on stopping to appreciate the views and take pictures! We camped and dined at Jackson Lake’s Signal Mountain with a forested, lakeside campsite and organic delicious food at the restaurant.
Wind River Mountains & Fremont Lake
On our return trip home we stopped to camp and picnic at Fremont Lake in the Wind River Mountains. This area is splendid with granite peaks, wildlife, alpine lakes, forested wilderness and an abundance of trails to explore. I hope to return and spend time exploring this rugged and scenic area in Wyoming.
Motorcycle Set-up & Miles
Here is our motorcycle setup for two. I was very comfortable viewing the spectacular scenery all through the trip! Many thanks to my friend who skillfully guided us on this wonderful adventure!
5 nights and 6 days of adventures – 1200 miles total! I look forward to my next motorcycle adventure – maybe next time I will cruise on my own motorcycle!