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Cyclists rule on Yellowstone roads until April 15


A bison walks along a ridge near Gardiner, Mont., outside Yellowstone National Park, near the Gallatin National Forest.  
 (File Associated Press / The Spokesman-Review)
A bison walks along a ridge near Gardiner, Mont., outside Yellowstone National Park, near the Gallatin National Forest. (File Associated Press / The Spokesman-Review)

BICYCLING -- Bicycle riders have a few weeks to enjoy Yellowstone National Park before it opens to motorized, wheeled vehicles next month.

Crews at Yellowstone are clearing snow off the roads and the park is scheduled to open to motorists on April 15. Until then, bicyclists who are willing to brave the elements can tour the park under their own power.

The road between West Yellowstone, Madison, Norris and Mammoth Hot Springs will be open to bicycle travel for the next three weeks. Park officials say the northwest section of Yellowstone typically receives less snowfall than the rest of the park. There is no spring season bicycle-only access to Old Faithful or Canyon.

Riders must be prepared to encounter bears and other wildlife and should expect winter weather conditions.




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