This splendid ride is a wonderful way to soak in views of the Tetons on flat, lightly trafficked terrain. You can start right from town or Gros Ventre Junction.
What Makes It Great
The road to Kelly and then north to Antelope Flats isn’t closed to cars, but there’s so little traffic on the Kelly portion and even a bike path from town to the Gros Ventre Junction that it feels like it could be.You can ride to Kelly from town, but it’s perfectly fine, as well, to drive up to Gros Ventre Junction and start from there. That cuts seven miles (each way) off the ride. From Gros Ventre Junction, the ride to Kelly is completely flat. At Kelly, you have the option of returning the way you came or heading north, past Teton Science School, and turning left onto Antelope Flats Road. About two miles long and almost empty of traffic, Antelope Flats Road dead ends back at U.S. 191/89 a mile north of Moose Junction. From here, head south on 191/89 for a nice loop ride back to Gros Ventre Junction or, if you want to stay off the highway, turn around and retrace your route. Approximate route distances: Town Square (TS) to Kelly and back, 26 miles; Gros Ventre Junction (GVJ) to Kelly and back, 14 miles; TS – Kelly – Antelope Flats – Moose – TS, 34 miles; GVJ– Kelly – Antelope Flats – Moose – GVJ, 21 miles; TS – Kelly – end of Antelope Flats and back, 42 miles; GVJ– Kelly – Antelope Flats and back, 28 miles.
Who is Going to Love It
Road cyclists have a variety of mileages to choose from, so any level of rider can enjoy the possible routes.
Directions, Parking, & Regulations
This ride starts from town or else Gros Ventre Junction.The bike path between town and Moose is closed to cyclists and foot traffic from Nov. 1 - April 30.
WARNING: Bison can often be encountered on this ride during the spring and fall migrations. Don't take a run-in with these guys lightly. There have been times I’ve had to hop into the bed of truck and have it drive me past a too-close-for-comfort group of buffalo.