Grand Teton National Park is a national park located in Wyoming, USA. The park is 500 square miles (1300 square km) and includes many peaks of the Teton Range, as well as northern sections of the Jackson Hole valley. Grand Teton National Park is known for its prehistoric flora and fauna, diverse wildlife, and varied landscapes, and is a popular tourist destination for mountaineering, fishing, cycling, hiking, and many other recreational activities.
If you’re planning an e-bike trip to Grand Teton National Park, this article will help you plan and answer any questions beforehand!
Are e-bikes allowed in Grand Teton National Park?
E-bikes are allowed in Grand Teton National Park! According to the USA’s federal e-bike laws, e-bikes are classified as a “low-speed electric bicycle”, and must be a two or three-wheeled vehicle that has fully operable pedals. State requirements in Wyoming require an e-bike to have:
- A maximum motor output that must not exceed 750W
- A maximum speed that must not exceed 20 mph (32 km/h)
- A motor that is only used to assist pedal propulsion
The National Park Service (NPS) rules for Grand Teton National Park state that motor bikes with a throttle are not classified as e-bikes. E-bikes are allowed in all areas where traditional bicycles are permitted in the park.
Learn more about the United States’ electric bicycle laws here!
How is Grand Teton National Park organized, is it bicycle-friendly?
Grand Teton National Park is extremely well organized for cycling!
The first thing for riders to know, however, is that biking is only permitted on paved and unpaved roads in the park unless otherwise posted. Biking is not permitted on hiking trails, designated wilderness, areas managed as wilderness, over snow roads in winter, park or parkway trails, and backcountry areas. Visitors who are interested in mountain biking should travel into the Bridger-Teton National Forest area, which is located on the eastern boundary of Grand Teton National Park.
Some road cycling routes include the Grand Teton Multi-Use Pathway (available for bikes, rollerblades, and walking), National Elk Refuge, Colter Bay Village, Grand Teton National Park Road, Jackson Hole Mountain Resort Loop, Grand Teton National Park Pathway, North-South Highway: Moose to Rockefeller Parkway, and Jackson-Moose Multi-Use Pathway.
The NPS also advises that cyclists should exercise caution when riding in the park, as some roads have narrow or nonexistent shoulders. E-bike riders must also ride with the direction of traffic, and in a single file line, as riding abreast of another bicycle or vehicle is prohibited. Cyclists should also be alert for wildlife, vehicles, and other bicyclists when riding.
It is also required that during low visibility periods, particularly between sunset and sunrise, cyclists must display a white reflector from the front and a red reflector from the rear.
Where to stay during the trip?
If you are interested in camping during your visit to Grand Teton National Park, there are many options to choose from! This includes the Gros Ventre Campground, Jenny Lake Campground, Signal Mountain Campground, Colter Bay Campground, Colter Bay RV Park, Lizard Creek Campground, and Headwaters Campground.
The maximum length of stay for each visitor at Jenny Lake is seven days, and 14 days for all other campgrounds, with no more than 30 total days in the park per year. Camping is prohibited along roadsides, at overlooks, and parking areas. For more information on camping at Grand Teton National Park, visit the NPS Grand Teton National Park “Camping” page here!
For hotel options near Grand Teton National Park, top-rated spots include Jenny Lake Lodge, Jackson Lake Lodge, Signal Mountain Lodge, Teewinot Lodge, Four Seasons Resort and Residences Jackson Hole, Alpenhof Lodge, Hotel Terra Jackson Lodge, Teton Mountain Lodge & Spa, Continuum, and Colter Bay Village. Visit Booking.com, Expedia, and Trip Advisor for more recommendations!
Where can I eat? Or should I take my food with me?
While you can certainly take your food with you to keep your energy up during your e-biking trips, there are also a number of restaurants located in and around Grand Teton National Park!
Most restaurants include either American or Italian cuisine, with options including Jenny Lake Lodge Dining Room, Trapper Grill, Leek’s Marina & Pizzeria, Peaks at Signal Mountain Lodge, The Mural Room, Pioneer Grill at Jackson Lake Lodge, The Blue Heron, Moose Trading Post & Deli, The Ranch House at Colter Bay, Deadman’s Bar, Sheffield’s Restaurant & Saloon, Dornan’s Pizza Pasta Company, and Dornan’s Chuckwagon.
What gear should I take on the trip?
E-cyclists should ensure that they have all the necessary bike and safety gear with them before embarking on their trip.
These essentials include: a helmet, water, backpack, e-bike charger, front and rear light, sunglasses, sunscreen, gloves, bike appropriate clothing, waterproof layers, a bike repair kit and pump, a first aid kit.
Additionally, if you are planning to camp, be sure to also bring your tent, sleeping bag, extra food and clothes, dishware, cutlery, reservation information, and a valid ID.
Where can I charge my e-bike?
There are currently no official maps that show where visitors can charge their e-bike. However, riders may be able to charge their e-bike at certain campgrounds, hotels, restaurants, and cafes. Be sure to ask for permission first, though!
What kind of e-bike do I need to ride in Grand Teton National Park?
If you are primarily planning to take paved road cycling routes while in Grand Teton National Park, a commuter or city cruiser e-bike will be suitable for your journey.
However, if you are planning to take unpaved trails or more challenging cycling routes, we recommend using a hybrid or electric mountain bike (eMTB) in order to safely tackle steep landscapes and challenging terrain.
Where can I rent an e-bike in Grand Teton National Park, or should I take one with me?
There are a few e-bike rental options for you to rent from while visiting Grand Teton National Park. We’ll include these options later in the article!
Riders can also take their e-bike with them; however, it is important to first ensure that the e-bike suits federal and state requirements for electric bicycles.
What else can I do while on an e-bike trip in Grand Teton National Park?
Grand Teton National Park offers an abundance of natural sites and recreational activities to see and do!
While on your e-biking trip, you don’t want to miss the breathtaking sights of Grand Teton (the highest point of the Teton range), Jackson Hole (the valley that lies between the Teton Range and the Gros Ventre), Cascade Canyon (a canyon formed by glaciers), or Hidden Falls (one of the most visited destinations in the park).
For picturesque lakes where you can go boating or fishing, check out Jackson Lake, Lake Solitude, Jenny Lake, and Delta Lake.
If you’re interested in activities like skiing and snowboarding, visit Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. If hiking is something that interests you, don’t miss out on the Teton Crest Trail.
Lastly, for arts, culture, and entertainment, visit the National Museum of Wildlife Art, Mormon Row Historic District, and the Colter Bay Visitor Center.
What is the best time of year to visit Grand Teton National Park on an e-bike?
According to experts, September is the best time of year to visit Grand Teton National Park.
In mid-May, this is when the peak season for tourism begins. Average temperature highs during this time of year stay within the low 60s Fahrenheit (16 – 20 degrees Celsius), and come the summer months (July – August), averages stay within the 80s (27 – 30 degrees Celsius). Summer is also when the park sees the highest level of crowds and accommodation rates. Afternoon thunderstorms are also common during the summertime.
Read also: Check out USA best travel destinations by electric bike in this overview article.
In September, temperatures decrease into the 70s (21 – 25 degrees Celsius), which offers pleasant weather for cyclists and a time of year that is not as crowded with tourists.
In the winter, snowfalls are heavy and the weather is very cold, frequently dropping into frigid below freezing temperatures. Many of the park’s facilities, roads, and accommodations are also closed for the winter. While this is a good time of year for skiing, snowboarding, and other winter activities, we recommend e-cyclists to avoid visiting the park during the winter.
Resources to help plan your trip
For more information on Grand Teton National Park, visit the NPS’ webpage for the park here!
If you’re interested in renting an e-bike while visiting the park, there are a few companies that offer rentals. The first is E-Bikes of Jackson Hole, which offers a variety of e-bike types for any range of time between two hours to multiple weeks. Pedego Electric Bikes also has a storefront in Teton Village and Jackson Hole, where riders can rent by the hour (minimum of two hours) or per day. Lastly, Door 2 Door E-Bike Rentals offers rental options in day-long, overnight, and week-long increments!
And lastly, for more restaurant recommendations, view Trip Advisor’s list here!
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