May 27, 2015
Nearly 3,000 miles of off-road
At right: Map courtesy of Adventure Cycling Association
Helena and Butte, Montana offer stunning northern gateways to the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route, a 2,768-mile off-road route that stretches from Banff, Alberta to Antelope, New Mexico.
Beginning at the Canadian border and heading south to Helena, the area is native to grizzly bear, elk, moose, mountain lion, and thick woods.
The other big town along the Montana route is Butte, with roadway surfaces that range from pavement, good gravel roads, four-wheel-drive roads, single track, or old railroad beds.
Wildlife, such as bear, deer, wild horses, pronghorn antelope, eagles, osprey, sandhill cranes, and other birds and animals, is abundant and bikers can explore the area’s ghost towns, deserted mines and wagon routes.
A great resource to find out more about the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route is the Adventure Cycling Association: www.adventurecycling.org/routes-and-maps/adventure-cycling-route-network/great-divide-mountain-bike-route/