Route from West Entrance to Mammoth Hot Springs in Yellowstone opens to bicyclists

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YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyoming — Bicyclists now are able to ride across part of Yellowstone National Park for the first time this year.

The roads between the West Entrance and Mammoth Hot Springs now are plowed. On Monday, the route opened to non-motorized travel.

Bike-riding the 49-mile route can be a challenge this time of year. No services are available and the pavement still has patches of snow and ice.

Yellowstone officials suggest carrying bear spray and planning for quickly changing weather. Cell phone coverage is spotty and park officials say bicyclists should be ready to rescue themselves if necessary.

Roads to Old Faithful, Canyon and other locations in the park's interior are scheduled to open to motorized travel April 17.

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