The first thing that comes to our mind when you think about Nevada is Las Vegas, the entertainment capital of the world. The fact is, this silver state has a lot more to offer than exotic hotels, gambling, casinos, and tempting luxury. Even though most of the land in the state belongs to feds and most of it is a desert, Nevada offers some of the country's best motorcycle rides. In this blog post, we will discuss the top 5 rides in Nevada you should take on with your motorcycle. So gear up, and enjoy the excruciating roads of this great state.
Before we get into the main topic, let us give some heads up if you are considering a solo road trip in Nevada. Do not split the lane while in action as it is illegal here. Also, equipment like face shields, glasses, and goggles are highly recommended while you are enjoying the journey off-road. Whether you get your ride or take one on rent, make sure your helmet weighs at least 3 lbs. To be honest, most of the riders prefer the renting option as it is more feasible and you get more bike options to choose from. It is effortless to rent a motorcycle in Las Vegas and find your perfect ride. Now that you know how to kick-off your dream desert trip...let's jump to the discussion of the most awesome motorcycle roads in Nevada.
Laughlin River Run
While in Nevada, and if you are a motorcycle junkie, do not miss the Laughlin River Run. The town of Laughlin is situated on the banks of the Colorado River near the Nevada & Arizona border. The ideal time to hit this road is the last week of April when this highly famous event draws nearly 75000 riders all across the nation. From open highways to twisty roads, this road trip through the majestic Route 66 has something for everyone. Bikers can check out magnificent lake mead, gigantic Hoover dam, and mighty Colorado along the way.
The Valley Of Fire
If you are a fan of sightseeing while riding your favorite bike, then this is one of the most recommended routes for you. This one day trip to Hoover through the fire valley offers several eye-catching sights in Nevada. Filled with amazing views of white and bright red stone mountains, the 40000-acre state park in fire valley is undoubtedly a treat for a rider.
If this is your first trip in this area, we suggest to keep moving towards the part exit, and then you can speed up a bit while around Northshore Road near Lake Mead. The road offers some majestic and rugged sceneries of Lake Mead and nearby mountains. You will come across the Lakeshore Road at the end of Northshore Road, and the trip finally ends at Route 93. If you want, you can take a quick tour of the Hoover dam and witness this well-known engineering wonder of the world.
While in Las Vegas, you should miss this 35 mile trip to Mount Charleston that offers some of the most picturesque views along the way. If you love adrenaline rushing through your veins, nothing can beat these mountain roads full of twists and turns. This is also the best gateway to escape from the hot desert lands and catch some views of snow-capped hilltops.
With the view of some of the most loved peaks in the state, you get to enjoy a perfect ride at the high altitude and discover fantastic routes through the valley. The distance can be a turnoff for some riders, but once you go there, you would definitely want to come back again and again.
Zion National Park
As a biker, you know how blissful it is to find a long route that has less traffic and perfect scenery. Well, then here it is! With around 230 miles of soul-soothing road, Zion national park is one of America's favorite biking destinations.
It's a perfect place to ride along the day and enjoy the sky full of stars at night. Luckily, several accommodations and relaxation centers in this area welcome the riders with all of their hearts.
If you are already exhausted due to the excessive drag in Las Vegas and looking for fresh air, take your motorcycle and pay a visit to Nipton, California. This old town is located on the Nevada and Californian border and just 89 miles away from Vegas.
To reach the Nipton, ride through Las Vegas 95 South in the direction of Laughlin and stop at the town of Searchlight. Consider re-fueling your bike here at this will be the last gas station for the next 50-60 mile patch. Plus, Nipton does not have a gas station but has a convenience store. Take I-95 from the Searchlight, turn right on the Nipton road and keep riding with the sign that reads "Nipton".
This precious journey is truly worth your time, so hop on your motorcycle and discover this mind-blowing journey to the Golden state border and back.
Red Rock Canyon
Looking for a perfect motorcycle ride away from the city's hustle and bustle? Kickstart your bike and head straight to Red Rock Canyon. Located just 15 miles west of Las Vegas, this gorgeous land of mighty red rocks and rugged sandstones offers a dramatic wilderness and amazing desert scenes.
This exciting trip through picturesque red canyons begins at the village of Blue Diamond. Through unending twists and turns, you will never realize how you will dip into this one of the best creations of nature. Know before you go—this is a one way, so watch out for distracted cyclists, drivers, and tourists.
Hoover Dam Loop
This timeless marvel, Hoover Dam, is not only one of the most popular tourist attractions in the world but also a great place to take your motorcycle for a ride of your life. You may be surprised to know how close it is to Las Vegas.
Along the simple highway route, it falls within driving distance from Las Vegas. All you need to do is to head towards Boulder city, follow highway 93, and drive as the signs direct you.
Spring Mountain Ranch State Park
Once belonged to Howard Hughes, the Spring Mountain Ranch is located near the Wilson range cliffs. You can reach there by following the road downwards from the Red Rock conservation area. Once you reach, you can start a self-guided trail and enjoy miles and miles of extravagant landscapes that are full of local culture, history, and natural beauty.
Smith Valley Loop
Cutting through rural Nevada, this awesome motorcycle ride starts by moving towards Meyers. Here, you have to get on highway 89 over Luther Pass. Along the way, you will come at Pickett's Junction where you will turn left and get on route 88 towards Woodfords and Markleeville.
From turns, straight roads, and beautiful scenery, this road is pretty much about you, your motorcycle, soft songs through your earphones, and your thoughts on life.
Lake Almanor Loop
Hop on your bike and move towards the west shore of Lake Tahoe on U.S. 89 and keep heading towards Truckee. We recommend you to start this journey early in the morning so that you can grab a quick yet delicious breakfast in Truckee. Keep moving towards north highway 89 till you reach Quincy. Here, you can find a wide array of cafes and restaurants for lunch. Once done, get heading towards the north and keep and keep an eye on the signs for Lake Almanor. You may spend a lot of time driving, but the trafficless, wide-lane roads and eye-catching views at the lakeshore are definitely worth it.