Big Sky of Montana Bike Tour

Big Sky of Montana Bike Tour

15 Day Epic Montana Bike Tour

Tour Information

Date: 06/14/25 - 06/28/25
Meet: Missoula, MT
Time: 2:00pm
Tour Price: $6090
Single Upgrade: $1900

Defined by tall mountains rich in gold, silver and copper, winding rivers teaming with trout and dense forests populated with Ponderosa pines and Douglas firs, Western Montana is the very definition of wilderness adventure. This brand new loop tour covers a lot of ground, starting and ending in hipster Missoula. In between, you’ll pass through fertile valleys dotted with farms and ranches, stop in old gold rush mining towns, cross the Continental Divide, and spend time in the birthplace of the Missouri, America’s longest river. If you’re a Lewis & Clark history buff or a fan of Norman Maclean’s classic novella, "A River Runs Through It," or you simply love the rugged outdoors, then this is your tour. Come along!

5% Discount

Save $300 if you sign up by September 1, 2024.

Moderate

Moderate

Advanced

Advanced

Rolling terrain with longer climbs on paved roads. Average 47 miles per day. Advanced cycling level or moderate with an e-bike.

14 nights lodging, 14 breakfasts, and 12 dinners, daily snacks at SAG stops, vehicular support along the route, luggage transfer, mechanical support, GPS files, and trained guides.

$295 for road or hybrid bicycle. $450 for an e-bike (limited quantity.)

 

 

Accommodations are subject to change and will be updated as confirmed.

Fly in and out of Missoula, MT. Or drive and leave your car at our starting hotel in Missoula during the tour.

FAQ

How do I sign up?

You can Register / Sign-up for a Tour online. Or call our office at 585-424-2124 to do it over the phone, Monday - Friday, 9:00-5:00 Eastern Time. We’ll need a Visa, MasterCard or Discover number or a check for the deposit. If you sign up within 30 days of the start of the tour, we require payment in full. Then we’ll send you a tour confirmation packet with many more details about your trip, including travel arrangements, a packing list and an optional training schedule. Most of our tours fill completely and have waiting lists, so don’t wait too long before deciding to join us!

How do I know if a particular tour is suitable for my riding ability?

We will be happy to discuss what tour would best suit your skill level. However, because our groups are small, we are able to offer van support to shorten the miles or flatten the hills on any tour.

Can I bring my own bike?

About half of our guests bring their own bicycles. Cross-country cyclists must ride their own bikes. Upon signing up for a tour, you will receive information for packing, shipping and flying with your bike.

How do I get my bike to the tour start and back home once the tour is over?

We recommend shipping or bringing your bike with you if you fly to the start of the tour. We help you pack your bike at the end of the tour to ship or bring back home with you. We provide more detailed information about packing and shipping your bike before the start of the tour.

Montana Bike Tour Details

DAY 1: We will meet at our starting hotel in Missoula for an orientation at 2:00 pm, followed by a bike fitting and dinner together. If you arrive early, be sure to visit the carousel in Caras Park downtown along the banks of the Clark Fork River. 0 miles.

DAYS 2-14: We’ll run this tour as we do our other epic tours. We'll start early with breakfast prepared by our guides. Then, you'll pack your bike bag with snacks of raisins, nuts, energy bars, and peanut butter sandwiches. We'll make sure we have an extra layer of clothing and perhaps a rain jacket with us. We leave on our own, usually between 7:00 and 8:00 am, and cycle at our own pace.

About every 15-20 miles, we'll meet our SAG vehicle along the route. It holds water, snacks, tire repair tools, and a first aid kit. Even if you don’t need anything, you can stop to chat about the wonderful tailwind or the view. If you’re too tired to bike anymore, you can take a ride in the SAG vehicle to our hotel for the night. The SAG makes sure everyone is in safely at the end of the day.

There will be few places to stop for lunch on our routes, so our SAG vehicles will be stocked with abundant snacks. Once at our hotel, you'll find your luggage (delivered earlier by the WomanTours van and trailer) and can check into your room. You can grab a quick late lunch on your own before dinner.

Most of our hotels are simple, family-run places or chain hotels. We rotate roommates every time we change lodgings unless you've requested a specific roommate or upgraded to a single room. There will be time to shower before dinner and perhaps take a dip in the hotel pool.

If anyone has experienced bike problems during the day, you'll use the time before dinner to work with the guide to fix it. If it's a complicated repair, we'll help get your bike to a professional at a bike shop.

Then we'll all eat dinner together, usually served buffet-style outside. Our traveling chef will create hearty and healthy dishes from our trailer kitchen. While our chef will accommodate guests with specific allergies and provide a nonmeat protein source for vegetarians, she cannot adhere to everyone's likes and dislikes. We ask that you be flexible. If you require a vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, or other special diet, there is an additional fee of $150.

After dinner, our guides will hold a map meeting to discuss the highlights of the day and go over the details of the next day's route.

We'll have two layover days on this tour to give our bodies a chance to recover. We'll celebrate the end of our adventure at dinner on our last evening together. 47 miles on average per day.

Day 15: After breakfast, take the hotel shuttle to the Missoula airport at your leisure. 0 miles

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Missoula, MT

  • Continental Divide

  • Selway Bitterroot Wilderness

  • Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest

  • Montana State Capitol of Helena

  • Adventure Cycling Headquarters
  • High plains, mountain passes, and charming small towns

CANCELLATION & REFUNDS: To sign up for this tour, we require a nonrefundable deposit of $300. There is a discount of $300 if you sign up by September 1, 2024. A payment of $2000 is due by January 1, 2025, and is nonrefundable and nontransferable. The balance of the tour price is due 75 days prior to the tour, by March 31, 2025, and is nonrefundable. We offer a 2% discount for paying by check or Zelle.

TRIP INSURANCE: We will provide you with a source for trip cancellation insurance. We strongly recommend insurance, especially for a trip of this magnitude.

TOUR DETAILS: We will provide you with a detailed packing list, advice for clothing, a sample training schedule, and a series of Prep Talk newsletters to help you prepare for the tour after receipt of your registration.

Tentative Itinerary

Date Location Miles
Jun 14, 2025 Missoula, MT 0
Jun 15, 2025 Hamilton, MT 47 (+1094'/-768')
Jun 16, 2025 Jackson, MT 94 (+5253'/-2306')
Jun 17, 2025 Dillon, MT 48 (+2176'/-3566')
Jun 18, 2025 Whitehall, MT 55 (+820'/-1516')
Jun 19, 2025 Three Forks, MT 33 (+1010’/-1318’)
Jun 20, 2025 Three Forks, MT 0
Jun 21, 2025 Townsend, MT 35 (+728'/-956')
Jun 22, 2025 Helena, MT 31 (+864'/-728')
Jun 23, 2025 Wolf Creek, MT 36 (+1914'/-2309')
Jun 24, 2025 Great Falls, MT 59 (+1699'/-1958')
Jun 25, 2025 Great Falls, MT 0
Jun 26, 2025 Lincoln, MT 88 (+4813'/-3598')
Jun 27, 2025 Missoula, MT 80 (+2321’/-3659’)
Jun 28, 2025 Home 0