Glacier Ride is a 6-day charitable cycling event spanning two spectacular national parks and two countries — Glacier National Park on the U.S. side and Waterton National Park on the Canadian side. Glacier National Park captures the essence of what the pristine, undisturbed Rocky Mountain region has been like over thousands of years. This bike ride explores some of the wildest land in the lower 48. But this ecosystem is threatened by development, climate change, and exotic species. By fundraising and participating in Glacier Ride, you are raising awareness of the issues facing Glacier and seeing first-hand what is at stake. Proceeds from Glacier Ride have funded important clean energy and conservation projects in Glacier National Park.
Special guests on the ride include the Glacier National Park and Waterton Park Superintendents, as well as field experts and park rangers. This charitable trip includes cycling (with daily routes to accommodate your cycling ability), rafting, and hiking options.
From the first moment we enter Glacier National Park on bikes, you will see that this is more than a cycling event — it is an inspiring journey with fellow cyclists who share an interest in preserving Glacier and Waterton for generations to come.
Glacier Ride is a special departure that benefits the Glacier National Park Conservancy. The Glacier National Park Conservancy is the official fundraising and outreach partner of Glacier National Park. The Conservancy helps assure the Glacier National Park experience by providing support for preservation, education, and research through philanthropy and outreach. The Conservancy supports and invests in extraordinary Glacier projects that sustain Glacier National Park for generations today, and for the future.
On Glacier Ride, you’ll spend five days cycling the roads that traverse the ‘Crown of the Continent’ including the famous Going-to-the-Sun Road. You’ll see majestic 500-year old cedar forests under threat of wildfires and glaciers in fast retreat. You’ll pedal your bike near stunning aretes, high alpine mountain passes, glacial lakes, and waterfalls. On the sixth day, you’ll get to raft the Middle Fork of the Flathead River, completing our circumnavigation of these two parks by following the river back to the West Glacier. Professional Glacier Guides and Climate Ride leaders will accompany us each day to teach us about Glacier’s unique ecosystem, so you can bring this knowledge home to your community.
Climate Ride takes care of all the details, so you can focus on fundraising, training, and then cycling along carefully planned routes.
This bike ride is up to 250 miles and is meant to be challenging yet doable, and you have all day to ride your bike and learn. All cycling takes place on paved roads. This charitable trip is fully supported and our team is always nearby to assist you, keep you happy and healthy, and make your adventure worry-free and memorable. The final day of the cycling event includes a beautiful and educational 1/2-day raft trip along the Class II-III section (moderate) of the incredible Flathead River.
All breakfasts, dinners, packed lunches, snacks, camping, guiding, and shuttles are included. Cyclists must bring their own tent, sleeping bag, and pad or can rent this equipment in advance through Glacier Guides. Participants must bring their own bicycles or can rent locally in Whitefish, Montana. A passport is required because we cross the U.S. border into Canada. Our staff handles all bike support, luggage, and food.
Glacier Riders will have access to our superb personal fundraising software and the full support of our team.
Daily cycling mileages to suit all types of cyclists. This is a fully supported ride which means you can focus on the pedaling and making connections with your new friends while we take care of everything from overnight details, meals, snacks, luggage transport, and much more to make your trip as enjoyable as possible. Learn more in the FAQ.