Route Overview

Region

Eastern Idaho
Western Wyoming

Miles

156

Days Out

2-3

Physical Difficulty

5/10

Season

Summer to Early Fall

Elevation Gain

12,000' Westbound
13,000' Eastbound

Tire Size

≥ 2”

Technical Difficulty

5/10

Route Map

Route Details

The Teton Connector links the WWR 20 miles east of Blackfoot, Idaho to the GDMBR at the western end of the Ashton-Flagg Ranch Road. The route leaves the Snake River Plain via a mix of agricultural lands and shallow canyons, passes several hot springs, and climbs over the rugged Big Hole Mountains. Dropping into Teton Valley, the Teton Mountains loom impressively to the east above more farmland and the community of Driggs. At Driggs, the route turns north and mostly gravel roads and the Ashton-Tetonia Rail Trail to the GDMBR. Most of the riding on this route is on well-maintained dirt/gravel roads or quiet pavement, but the roads over the Big Hole Mountains are rough, loose, and steep by comparison.

  • Climbing away from the arid Snake River Plain and into the forested highlands
  • A stop at Heise or Green Canyon Hot Springs
  • Views of the towering and craggy peaks of the Tetons
  • Quiet miles on the Ashton-Tetonia Rail Trail
  • What kind of bike should I ride? We recommend a mountain bike with tires at least 2” wide.
  • What’s the ideal time of year to ride the route? Generally summer to early fall, but it depends on the year. See the route guide for more details.
  • How long will the route take to ride? Generally 2 to 3 days, but it depends on the rider.
  • Do I need any special permits? No permits are needed for riding on this route. 
  • Are there any specific safety considerations on this route? This route traverses grizzly and black bear country. See the route guide for more details.
  • What is the longest distance between water sources? 25 miles. See the route guide for more details.
  • What is the longest distance between resupplies? 75 miles. See the route guide for more details.
  • Is it easy to find places to camp? Yes, dispersed camping is often relatively easy to find, but some routes also include some lengthy sections of private lands. See the guidebook for specific restrictions and suggestions.
  • Can I ride the route in either direction? Yes. However, the guidebook is written west-to-east.
  • How do I follow the route? These routes are not marked on the ground in any way. You will need to load the route data onto a GPS unit, or use the Bicycle Routes Navigator smartphone app.
  • GPS waypoints and PDF Route Guide
  • Or, find the Bicycle Route Navigator App in your phone’s app store

If you encounter any inaccuracies or changes please let us know at [email protected]

  • There are no route updates yet.
  • Kurt Refsnider, Kait Boyle and Jeffrey Tomassetti for their route development.
  • The Adventure Cycling Association for partnering with us to develop this route.
  • This route traverses the traditional lands of the Eastern Shoshone and Shoshone Bannock peoples.