In honor of the U.S. National Parks’ free admission on various dates throughout the year, enCYCLEpedia presents its favorite parks to cycle in, all on easy and very scenic bike trails and routes.
For 2016 the dates are January 18: Martin Luther King Jr. Day; April 16 through 24: National Park Week; August 25 through 28: National Park Service Birthday; September 24: National Public Lands Day; November 11: Veterans Day.
Grand Canyon National Park. Go when West Rim Road is closed to vehicles (March – Nov) for a spectacular experience! You can also cycle portions of the Greenway Trail along the rim.
Zion National Park, Utah. Shown here is Pa’rus Trail that leads to the main scenic canyon road that is closed to most vehicles in peak season!
Everglades National Park’s 15-mile Shark Valley loop trail next to gators is an amazing adventure! It’s not as dangerous as it sounds.
Yosemite has a great bike path system, crowded in places, but the perfect way to get around the valley.
The old carriage road system in Maine’s Acadia National Park is extensive and level, meandering through the forest past pretty lakes.
Bikes are not allowed on Joshua Tree National Park’s trails, but some uncrowded dirt roads such as Queen Valley Road are a lot of fun to explore.
Grand Teton NP is an up and coming cycling destination, as bike trails continue to be built in the park and to the town of Jackson.
Yellowstone National Park’s 2-mile paved bike trail near Old Faithful can be extended via dirt paths to other areas. Just watch out for grizzlies, cougars, wolves, bison, elk and boiling pools!.
Cactus Forest Trail in Tucson’s Saguaro NP is a rare National Park dirt trail that allows bikes. It’s surrounded by a very scenic though hilly paved loop road that completes the ride.
Cycling Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park is pure excitement with several ability levels of ride available – probably best done with an experienced tour company because of natural hazards. (photo courtesy bikevolcano.com).
The easy scenic cycling adventures of Richard Fox, author of the 2014 guidebook "enCYCLEpedia Southern California – The Best Easy Scenic Bike Rides."