With over 70% of the state’s population residing in the Las Vegas area, Nevada’s 110,000+ square miles of land is comprised largely of undisturbed and seemingly unending desert. Those who haven’t been to The Silver State will be surprised to know that Nevada contains, in addition to its expansive deserts, a number of mountain ranges with peaks soaring over 13,000 ft. as well as large areas of heavily wooded forest. The wilderness of Nevada is a place where the spirit of the American West can still be felt, and there are few better ways to experience this than by riding the best motorcycle roads in the state!
Nevada’s sheer size and enormous areas of remote wilderness can make much of the state somewhat difficult to approach when it comes to planning a two-wheeled adventure. Take out the guesswork and let us help you to experience the best motorcycle routes in Nevada. The REVER App is free to use and makes riding a state’s best motorcycle roads as simple and browsing routes and selecting 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 your account to REVER Pro for features like turn-by-turn + voice navigation, 3D animated route exploration, weather radar + alerts, and much more. Learn about everything that REVER and REVER Pro can offer you when it comes to planning and logging your next motorcycle ride or trip.
The remote deserts of Nevada are some of the most rugged and unforgiving places in North America. In other words, they are nowhere where you want to find yourself unprepared. By far the most important measures for you to take when riding in Nevada have to do with ensuring adequate hydration. No matter what time of year you are riding, make sure to increase your water intake in the days leading up to your ride/trip and always keep a large amount of water on you/your bike. We recommend using a wearable hydration system to achieve this. The cooler months are a fantastic time to ride Nevada, but be aware that the sun is very strong year-round. Apply sunscreen to any areas of exposed skin and keep a hat handy for when you aren’t wearing your helmet. It can get pretty cold in the desert, especially at elevation. Utilizing a base layer and mid layer is the best way to adapt to the kind of temperature swings that you can experience during a 24 hour period in the high desert.
There’s much more to experience in Nevada than the Las Vegas Strip. If you’re basing your Nevada ride or trip out of Las Vegas, definitely make the short ride to the Hoover Dam. Built between 1931 and 1936, this marvel of engineering is a truly impressive sight. The Hoover Dam holds up enough water to create the largest reservoir in the United States, Lake Mead. The Lake Mead National Recreation Area is a great place for camping, hiking and swimming. It’s hard not to love the cool waters and desert scenery! Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area is another great destination located just a short ride away from Sin City. Here you can take a 13-mile scenic ride through the area’s unique rock formations, and explore the desert terrain more intimately by going for a hike on one or more of Red Rock’s trails.
If you’re feeling like escaping the desert, head to Lake Tahoe. Sitting at just over 6,000ft of elevation, this beautiful body of clear blue water is the largest alpine lake on the continent, and the second deepest just behind Oregon’s Crater Lake. The Lake Tahoe area’s many hiking trails, watersport and winter sport options make it a major destination for outdoor recreation. If you find yourself in the northeastern area of the state, be sure to go for a ride on the scenic Lamoille Canyon Road. A great summer riding option due to its elevation, Lamoille Canyon Road curves through the Ruby Mountains, taking you and your motorcycle up to nearly 9,000ft while providing some epic scenery along the way.
This route heads out of east Las Vegas and heads south across the Hoover Dam and then down to Willow beach.
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This route is short but sweet, heading out of the west side of Las Vegas, through Red Rock Canyon and then along the 160 to Pahrump. Death Valley begins just minutes away...
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This loop heads out from the Las Vegas Motor Speedway heads up the 15 and then into the Valley of Fire State Park Then back down along the contours of Lake Mead on 167 and back to the Speedway.
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Spooner Summit is a mountain pass through the Carson Range, linking the Lake Tahoe Area to Carson City via US 50. The highest point of the pass is located just east of Spooner Lake just before the first set of curves when traveling eastbound. The pass also carried the Lincoln Highway over the Carson Range along its Sierra Nevada Southern Route before being renumbered as US 50 and rerouted near Johnson Pass. The Tahoe Rim Trail is accessible from a small parking lot at the summit.
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Kings Canyon Road is a scenic off-road ride, just west of Carson City Nevada. There are lots of vistas, and great place to stop and explore.
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