Missoula is an undeniably bike-friendly city, and there’s a lot to discover when exploring on two wheels. Trail systems and pedestrian bridges allow scenic cruising, while Missoula’s bike-friendly roads weave throughout the city. Missoula is so accommodating to two-wheeled commuters, in fact, that the city was named one of the Top 5 Large U.S. Cities for Biking by SaveOnEnergy.
If you’re traveling through Missoula without a bike, don’t sweat it. Here at the Comfort Inn, we love our bike-friendly community and we want you to enjoy it, too, so we offer free cruiser bikes for our guests. Whether you’re grabbing a Comfort Inn cruiser bike for the day, or hitting the road on your own two wheels, here are some of our favorite places to bike in Missoula:
The Riverfront Trail
The Riverfront Trail is proof that outdoor bliss really is right outside your our own backdoor—or hotel room! This riverside trail runs along the Clark Fork River for 3.5 miles and starts, conveniently for us, minutes from the Comfort Inn. Stick to the river for your whole ride, or make a fun pit stop along the way at places like Western Cider, Imagine Nation Brewing or Caras Park.
Your days of searching for parking are over! Grab a bike and cruise through downtown Missoula for convenient access to shopping, dining, galleries, local events and so much more. No need to pay for parking—simply bring a bike lock and park your wheels at designated bike racks scattered throughout the city. Most importantly, stick to the bike lanes and always stay alert when navigating the hustle and bustle of city traffic!
Blue Mountain Recreation Area
If winding dirt paths and downhill thrills are more your speed, park the cruiser and grab a mountain bike. Blue Mountain Recreation Area is a local favorite, where you’ll find hikers, bikers, and even horseback riders taking advantage of a vast trail system with 41 miles of ready-to-ride trails to explore. If you has to leave your trust mountain bike at home, don’t sweat it. Here are a few places in town that offer rentals:
Missoula Bicycle Works
708 S Higgins Ave, Missoula, MT 59801
Big Sky Bikes
809 E Front St, Missoula, MT 59802
The Bicycle Hangar
1801 Brooks St, Missoula, MT 59801
The Bitterroot Trail
Experience the rugged beauty of Western Montana in a whole new way by biking the Bitterroot Trail. This is no afternoon stroll— the Bitterroot Trail stretches 50 miles between Missoula and Hamilton, paralleling the Bitterroot Mountains and passing through charming small-town communities along the way. If you think you’re up for the challenge and want to learn more, check out the Bitterroot Trail website here.