We bikers love wide open spaces in which we can get our engines open up and cruise with the wind in our hair. Of course, one location in which you will find wide open space to your heart’s delight is state of Montana in the US, which has not only vast open plains, but also high mountains as well making it the perfect choice for your next biking break. Read on to find out more.
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Glacier National Park
First of all, let’s take a look at Glacier National Park. Its located to the northwest of the state, close the Canadian border and nestled within the Rocky Mountains. What this means is that there are some pretty amazing routes to ride, with mind-blowing views especially if you’re brave the Going-to-the-Sun Road, one of the most famous routes there is for those that love two wheels rather than four.
Of course, you need to be aware that the route is challenging, and only open seasonally when the weather allows. After all, you don’t want to be handling the hairpin turns in icy conditions!
Along the route, not only will you be challenged by the riding, but there are also some fantastic site to see as well including Goose Island a glacial lake that is so beautiful it seems almost otherworldly, and the site of where the opening credits of Stephen King’s film, the Shining was filmed. Then there is Logan pass the 6646 ft point high point of the trial with breathtaking views and a visitor center to take in as well.
Yes, the Going-to-the-Sun Road can be a risky, ride, and yes you can only experience it at certain points of the year, but is it worth it? Absolutely!
Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument
Over to the south-east of the state, you will find the world famous Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument. This place commemorates one of the last major battles between the Cheyenne and Sioux native populations and the US army, led by Custer. Yes, it’s a place of mixed emotions as the plains, and wide open spaces are awe-inspiring, but the areas’ difficult heritage can be difficult to accept.
In particular, for motorbikes, the 4.5-mile tour road from Reno to Benteen is worth doing, as there are points of interest all along the route that you can stop and look at. Then once you arrive at Benteen, you can dismount and do the walking tour of the actual site itself.
Just be aware that the weather in this area is liable to change fast, so warm clothes are always a must, as is checking the riding conditions before you set out.
While the state of Montana has a myriad of places that will appeal to motorcyclists, Big Sky, an area of the Rocky Mountains to the south of the state, should definitely be on your to-do list.
It’s not just because the camping around Big Sky, MT is fantastic with places to choose from such as Taylor Fork and Storm castle, but due to the great rides, you can do in this area as well.
In particular, you will want to check out the ride along Route 90 to Pompey’s Pillar which is a popular biker destination. Just watch out for the crazy signage along the way though, as it’s pretty easy to get lost and confused if you try to follow it all.
Another site worth a visit for those keen on two-wheeling in the Big Sky area and only 30 mins from Pompey’s Pillar is the Metrapark. It used to be a motorcycle flat track raceway, but these days in the prime location for concerts, rodeos, and even expos. All of which can make a great day out, if you find yourself in that area and jonesing for something to do apart from riding the big open spaces.
Of course, if you don’t want to venture too far from Big Sky itself, you will find quite a bit of entertainment there as well. If you love adrenaline filled activities why not try your hand at zip lining and mountain biking, as well as skiing and other snow sports in the winter?
There are even some pretty great places to grab a bite to eat as well including Corral Bar, Steakhouse & Motel located on Highway 191. Expect fantastic breakfast food such as homemade corned beef hash biscuits & gravy, chicken fried steak, and even plate-sized blueberry hotcakes with butter and syrup. Perfect for lining your belly before a long ride back to camp.
A short ride from Big Sky you will also find one of the most famous national parks in the world to visit, Yellowstone. Specifically, West Yellowstone is that part of the park that is located in Montana, but do not think for a moment that all of the good stuff is located on the Wyoming side of the border, because it’s not!
In fact, there are some seriously cool activities and places to see including the Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center. A place that will provide you with a pretty rare opportunity to see some of nature’s wildest and most dangerous predators up close and personal.
In fact, there is even a large cabin with floor to ceiling windows which allow you to sit back by the fire and watch these amazing creatures interact in their natural habitat. Something that can provide you with a welcome rest for bikers that have been on the road for a while and are looking for some time out of the saddle, combined with an exciting once in a lifetime experience.
Of course, the bears and wolves aren’t the only things worth paying a visit to in West Yellowstone. There is also the spectacular and historic Roosevelt arch which is located at the North Entrance. Be sure to try and enter or exit the park by motorbike this way if you can, as you can take the single lane road and drive under the arch that was built in 1903 by president Roosevelt. A pretty awesome way to begin or end your motorcycle tour of the magnificent West Yellowstone Park!