With stunning vistas, a dry summer climate, and endlessly varied terrain, Jackson Hole is quickly becoming a prime US cycling destination. If you enjoy cycling, come see for yourself how we live up to this reputation!
Cycling Options in and around Jackson Hole
The cycling terrain in and around Jackson is astonishingly diverse, with extensive paved pathway systems and miles of open road along with intricate networks of steep, winding mountain bike trails. So whether you are a total novice, a weekend warrior, or a serious athlete, you can find a bike path or trail in Jackson to make your wheels spin.
Paved cycling pathways crisscross through town and beyond, linking Jackson with other towns and destinations of interest. For example, you can ride the 20-mile distance from Jackson all the way to Jenny Lake on paved pathways. One section of Jackson’s pathway system is even an incredible bridge spanning the Snake River.
You can use these pathways to cycle around town, take a leisurely family bike ride (without having to worry about road traffic), or travel longer distances. E bikes can also be used on these pathways, but only if you are ready to have a ~total~ blast. For detailed maps and other information about the pathways, please refer to Friends of Pathways.
Some of the more popular paved paths and pathway systems around Jackson:
- Town Pathways: The best access point for these pathways is behind the post office on Maple Way. Most pathways are in the southwest part of town.
- Jackson to Grand Teton National Park: Park your car in one of the lots north of town and you can ride your bike on a newly paved pathway all the way to Moose, which is the south entrance of Grand Teton National Park.
- Grand Teton National Park to Jenny Lake: A fully paved section of pathway connects Moose with Jenny Lake.
- Moose Wilson Pathway: This pathway connects Wilson, at the base of Teton Pass, with Teton Village.
Road Routes Around Jackson Hole
Jackson has plenty of road routes for those looking to log some distance. Some popular road routes include South Park, Kelly Loop, Jackson to Jenny Lake, and Old Teton Pass Road.
** Extra Credit: “Around the Block” is for those wanting to check the area’s most grueling ride off their bucket list: a 100-mile loop that extends west over Teton Pass, south on Pine Creek Pass, and back around north through the Snake River Canyon. Expert tip: Plan to head to the nearest hot tub or spa upon completion!
Cross-Country Mountain Biking
What Jackson lacks in oceans, it makes up for in mountain biking trails, some of which you can access right from town. Cache Creek is a dense network of running and biking trails only a 10-minute ride from town. If you like loops, check out the Cache to Game Creek route, a 20-mile loop on forest service roads alternating with steep, single track, open meadows, and gorgeous aspen/pine groves. Other popular mountain biking areas are the trails at Teton Pass, Shadow Mountain, and the Grand Targhee Resort. For more information on mountain biking near Jackson, please click here.
Jackson Hole Bike Park
The Jackson Hole Bike Park, part of the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort in Teton Village, is the new hot spot for downhill mountain biking in Jackson Hole. You don’t have to be an expert to give their trails a whirl, though most trails do cater to intermediate to expert downhill cyclists. Ride the gondola or lift 1200 feet to the top of the mountain and ride down on one of 14 trails, which have varying levels of difficulty. The park is open from June 12 to September 6, from 10 am to 5 pm Saturdays through Thursdays and 10 am to 6 pm on Fridays. Get great discounts on Fridays through Friday Night Bikes. Bike rentals are available from Jackson Hole Sports, conveniently located at the base of the mountain.
Bike Rental in and Around Jackson Hole
Need to rent a bike? Got you covered. You can rent anything from full-suspension mountain bikes, cruisers, road bikes, and e bikes in and around Jackson. In addition to renting and selling different kinds of bikes, the following shops sell all the gear and supplies that you need for your cycling adventure. Some also offer guided cycling trips; check their websites for more information.
- Jackson Hole Sports: This is the largest retail shop in Jackson Hole, with tons of outerwear and gear from top brands. It is also a full-service bike shop where you can rent mountain bikes, cruisers, and road bikes of all shapes and sizes. They also offer guided mountain bike adventure tours. You’ll find this shop conveniently located at the base of the Jackson Hole Bike Park in Teton Village.
- Wheel Wranglers offers a full range of bikes and brands, a convenient online booking system, and free delivery plus Ride Guides to help you plan your route. They also offer local activities packages, multi-day pricing, and long business hours.
- Wilson Backcountry Sports: This shop also located in the Teton Village area, has an extensive rental menu and 24-hour rental. Their prices range from $25 per day for a kid’s bike rental to $95 per day for a premium Yeti full-suspension MTB.
- Hoff’s Bikesmith: This shop in Jackson has friendly, knowledgeable staff and well-stocked, affordable rentals running at around $50 per day for a pathway bike or fat bike and $100 for a full-suspension mountain bike or e bike.
- Hoback Sports: This shop right in the town of Jackson Hole claims to have the best selection of rental bikes in the Tetons. They also do rental deliveries and pick-ups.
- Snow King Mountain Sports Shop on the southeast edge of town rents everything but the kitchen sink: all kinds of bikes, burley trailers, SUPs, kayaks, and more. Their rental rates are competitive at $49 per day for a pathway bike, $59 for a road bike, and $79 for a full-suspension mountain bike or e bike.
- E bikes of JH, located in town, rents the full range of e bikes, including standard, fat tire, full suspension, and pathway e bikes. Prices range from $50 per day for a standard e bike to $150 for a full-suspension mountain e bike. Delivery and pick-up is available for some locations, and all rentals come with a helmet and a lock.
Cycling Supplies & Preparation
To be prepared for your bike ride, you should remember to pack the following items. If you forget to bring something, you can always buy it at one of the above shops.
- Biking shorts and t-shirt
- Biking shoes
- Thermal layers and rain gear
- Water bottle
- Bike pump and repair kit
- National Park pass
- For emergencies: ID, money, and mobile phone
- Optional: camera, bike computer, bear spray
4 Tips to Maximize Your Jackson Hole Cycling Adventure
We asked a local cyclist for some tips on how you can make the most of your cycling experience in Jackson. Here are some of her top tips.
1. Bring water and DRINK it. You are at an elevation of approximately 6,400 feet above sea level on the Jackson bike trails and pathways. Because of the elevation, you may also find that you are hungrier than usual (bring extra snacks!) and that you need to apply sunscreen more frequently.
2. In addition to your credit or debit cards, bring a little cash for emergencies. Our savvy local tells us that at the start of every riding season, she tucks a $20 bill under one of her shoe footbeds, just in case...
3. Don’t forget to bring your Grand Teton National Park pass! Bikers need passes at the Moran and Moose entry stations.
4. Make some stops along the way. If you are making the 17-mile trip from town to Jenny Lake, Dornan’s in Moose is a great place to stop for lunch and cold drinks. When heading out to the West side of the valley, Basecamp is a great spot to refill water bottles or grab a quick snack.
5. One final tip: Cycling is about the ride, not just about getting to your destination! So be safe and prepared and most of all, enjoy your cycling adventure in Jackson.
Read about tons of other outdoor activities available in and around Jackson Hole!