Ride Grand Teton National Park

Jackson, Wyoming

Bison

Steer clear of these guys     Photo: Yunner

After years of lobbying the Park Service for a dedicated bike path through Grand Teton—for safety from swerving RV drivers gawking at the view—local cyclists won 14 miles of it in 2011. Add another seven miles from the town of Jackson past the National Elk Refuge’s meadows, and you get 20 miles of largely level, traffic-free riding to Jenny Lake through yellowing cottonwoods along the rampart of the Tetons, which will likely be frosted with early snows in October. Take care to avoid bison, elk, and moose crossing the path as they descend from the high country for winter, unless you want to go down as the first cyclist trampled by a bison in the park.

BEST TIME TO GO: Mid-September; cottonwoods and aspens peak fairly early in Jackson Hole.

ROUTE: Ride the 20-mile pathway to Jenny Lake, and then loop back to Jackson via the Moose-Wilson road, 13.5 miles of which are on pathway. Stop in to Teton Village for lunch on the deck of the Four Season’s new Handle Bar at the base of Jackson Hole ski resort. Total route: 50 miles.

HITCH YOUR MOUNT: Lock your bike outside of the iconic Million Dollar Cowboy Bar and hop onto the horse-saddle bar stools. There’s swing dancing to live music six nights a week and Grand Teton Brewing beers on tap. It’s pretty much a drinking/dancing establishment, so to refuel you’ll want to head around the block to Pinky G’s for a slice.

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