Every year millions of people descend upon Las Vegas to enjoy all of Sin City’s artificial stimulation. Sadly, too few ever take the time to enjoy Nevada's natural beauty, to see its grand open spaces and picturesque mountains and deserts. Bikers traveling through Nevada should not commit this sin, as well.
One of Nevada's most beautiful spots is the Valley of Fire State Park, and it's only about an hour's ride away from Las Vegas via I-15. The route through the park is a nice scenic ride past unusual and dramatic red sandstone formation. The stunning landscape has been the backdrop for several movies, including "Transformers" and "Planet of the Apes." Riders seeking a longer cruise that includes some interesting sites can take ST-167 from the Valley of Fire’s east exit. This road will pass by Lake Meade and eventually take riders to the magnificent 726.4-foot-high Hoover Dam, which spans the mighty Colorado River between the states of Arizona and Nevada.
Motorcyclists who enjoy this type of beautiful scenery should also ride Route 159. This 13-mile loop takes riders through the vibrant crimson rock sandstone formations of the Red Rock Canyon, which is located 20 miles west of Las Vegas. Motorcyclists may be lucky and spot one of this area’s bighorn sheep, coyotes or even wild horses and burros during their ride.
Old Highway 50, which has earned the nickname "The Loneliest Road in America," begins in Carson City and then travels west through the entire width of Nevada, passing through long stretches of uninterrupted desert landscape. This is a great ride for a biker who is seeking a little solitude and a chance to let the throttle out. The road does have some twisties as it passes through the mountains, with its best stretch being a roller coaster-like ride through the Toiyabe range between Austin and Hickison Summit.
A ride to get your adrenaline rushing is State Route 341, which travels through Virginia City. This is a very scenic 22-mile route peppered with sweepers and some great switchbacks. This road, which is also sometimes referred to as Geiger Grade Road, is only for the brave of heart who aren’t afraid of sheer drop-offs, heights and roads with few guardrails.
Sometimes, it’s not the route, but the destination. And that is exactly the case with the 32-mile ride on Highway 160 from Las Vegas to Mountain Springs Saloon, which has a few interesting sweepers, but nothing too spectacular. Mountain Springs Saloon, however, is a favorite with local bikers and draws a large crowd, especially during the summer months when its drinks and 5,490-foot elevation provide cooling relief from Nevada’s scorching heat.
Nevada is also home to a number of rallies and motorcycle-related events. A huge rally, the biggest on the West Coast, is the Laughlin River Run. This four-day event, which is held in Laughlin during the spring, combines rides and other fun motorcycle-related activities with gambling. Another large rally in Nevada is the Elko Motorcycle Jamboree, which also marries days of fun motorcycle rides and events with nights at the gaming tables.
Disclaimer: All information is provided as a service to motorcycle riders, and the opinions expressed here are subjective. Although we have tried to research this information thoroughly, it is possible that changing circumstances can cause this information to become inaccurate. In addition, the conditions and roads described can change without notice for a number of reasons, including closings, weather conditions and maintenance. Motorcycle events such as rallies and rides may also be cancelled or dates changed without notice, as well. This site is not responsible for these types of circumstances, which are beyond our control, and riders relying on this information will be doing so at their own risk. This site is not liable for any actions a rider takes based on the information provided here. Please consult other sources before heading out on these roads and do not use the directions given here as a map, as again, circumstances may have affected their accuracy.
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