Enjoying the view

A biker enjoys the beautiful Missoula scenery. Missoula has a great biking heritage dating back to 1976.

Photo by Nelson Kenter Kenterphotography.com


Biking

Fair warning: you may experience bike envy when passing by any one of the hundreds of bike racks that adorn The Garden City.

With more than 20 miles of bike lanes and routes on major streets – all clearly marked – the two-wheeled crowd is one of the largest in town. The casual observer will notice the sheer quantity of road cyclists and mountain bikers in and around Missoula.

For a list of great mountain biking trails around Missoula, view our Mountain Biking Trail Guide.

Home to Adventure Cycling Association, the nation’s premier bicycle travel organization, our active community advocates for bike routes, trails, signs, racks, and other cycling amenities. Also home to Missoulians on Bicycles, expert advice is never in short supply from Missoula’s biking enthusiasts.

For more infomation on biking in Missoula, visit our Cycling City post.

 

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Sunday Streets Missoula 2011

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