With over 70 mountain ranges dominating the western area of the state and rugged badlands stretching for miles in the east, Montana’s geographical features are a predictor of the great motorcycle roads found within. The third-largest state in the lower 48 essentially straddles the continental divide, creating two very distinct regions and two equally as distinct riding experiences. Having recently explored areas of Montana on two wheels, I can tell you that this state is unique in the experience it provides even when compared to its closest and most similar neighbors. If you are seeking some summer glory in the saddle, Montana is sure to please with its stunning beauty, epic motorcycle roads and countless swimming holes.
Montana is an expansive and enormously unspoiled territory that is ready for you to discover via motorcycle, but how does one even begin to plan a ride or trip in such a massive state? As fun as riding new-to-you states and regions can be, finding the best roads and planning out your route can be a real headache. The REVER App is free to use and makes planning your next ride as simple as browsing routes in your intended area and choosing what looks best to you. Then just gas up and go! Create new routes, log your rides and share with friends all within the app. Want even more planning and tracking tools at your disposal? Upgrade to REVER Pro for features like turn-by-turn + voice navigation, 3D animated route exploration, weather radar + alerts, and much more. Check out everything that REVER and REVER Pro can offer you when it comes to planning and logging your next ride or trip.
Montana’s near-perfect summers and infamously brutal winters are defining characteristics of the state. It goes without saying that you shouldn’t plan a motorcycle ride in MT from late fall through early spring (unless that motorcycle is equipped with a snowbike kit, in which case you should definitely get after it!). This, generally speaking, limits the riding season to the warmer months of the year. If riding in the mountainous areas of the state, make sure to use a layering system so that you can adapt to temperature swings throughout the day and also always keep some decent rain gear on hand - During my most recent summer motorcycle trip in Montana, showers rolled through the mountains nearly every afternoon. The same preparedness can be applied to the eastern, lower-elevation areas of the state, just know that temperatures will generally be higher in the badlands and prairies than in the mountains. The summer sun is even stronger at elevation than it is at sea level, so make sure to apply sunscreen to exposed areas of skin and always pack in more than enough water for your intended ride.
Montana is a proper outdoor playground that boasts some of the most stunning national parks anywhere in the US (chances are, this is one of the main reasons why you are planning a ride trip in MT). Glacier National Park, one of Montana’s premier natural attractions, contains over 700 miles of hiking trails and some of the grandest views of anywhere in North America. If you plan your visit ahead of time you can even ride Glacier’s “Going-to-the-Sun” road, one of the world’s most spectacular motorcycle routes. In addition to the many natural attractions found in the state, Montana also has its share of historical and cultural attractions including the Montana State Capital, the Museum of the Rockies and the Montana Historical Society Museum, just to name a few. There’s a lot to experience in the state of Montana, and no better way to do it than on two wheels!
This loop out of Dillon, MT, mixes epic scenery with open landscapes as it travels through tiny town along Beaverhead Deerlodge National Forest before heading down the middle of that same park on the return.
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This route follows the Lochsa River along Highway 12 from Lolo, MO, to Kooskia, ID.
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This is a National Scenic Byways All-American Road. This byway winds its way through southwest Montana and northwest Wyoming and leads into Yellowstone National Park at its Northeast Entrance. Since opening to automobile travel in 1937 the Beartooth Highway has welcomed visitors from around the world – introducing them to one of the most diverse ecosystems in the United States. This road is closed during the winter months.
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This loop starts in Happys Inn and heads North along the Western shore of Lake Koocanusa and then heads back through Kootenali National Forest on its return south.
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This ADV loop starts in White Sulphur Springs and heads out into Lewis and Clark National Forest. After heading east on Hwy 12, it turns north on Spring Creek Road then Pigs Eye Rd, then west on Wood Hurst, before heading back down the 89.
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