A Ride In Death Valley

Greetings sports fans. Here it is finally a Friday in Las Vegas and the weather couldn’t be more perfect for a nice long ride in the desert on an iron horse. For those yet to experience the granduer of the scenery that surrounds Las Vegas from the saddle of a motorcycle my heart truly goes out to you. Perhaps we can fix that.

I’ve crossed Death Valley six times on my ’98 Heritage Softail Classic, the first time in mid July when the sun was fit to boil the water in my saddlebags. The timing is perfect for a ride out that way as Spring approaches the desert and it begins to blossom.

Take Hwy 160 west to Hwy 372 in Pahrump and it’s a short ride from there to Shoshone through a breathtaking canyon pass. It’s a good idea to fill up your gas tank, stock up on water, and get some Powerball tickets. https://www.mapquest.com/us/ca/shoshone-282025114 

Remember the winter desert can get extremely cold after the sun goes down so carry warm riding clothes, and the U.S. Park Service asks please do not stray off of the paved roads in Death Valley. Don’t become a lost cause. https://www.national-park.com/welcome-to-death-valley-national-park/

A good days ride should include a stop at the dunes then it’s a short run up to Scotty’s Castle from there. Where you end up is relative to which way you turn at each fork in the road but the entire ride is a shutterbug’s delight and for those who can appreciate the granduer and beauty of these majestic purple mountains you will love the view from the park’s visitors entrance kiosk where you first realize they’ve got you surrounded.

Visitors must purchase a National Parks vehicle / visitors pass here. If not then at the visitor’s center down the road a piece. Pay the fee then saddle up, kick the pig, and light the tires because you are in for the ride of a lifetime.

If you can make it from Las Vegas to I-365 and back in a day you will assuredly never forget the trip. If you choose to remain in Death Valley over night or for a week there’s plenty of camping and other accomodatiions throughout the park including a spa resort. I have but don’t just take my word for it; follow your front tire to Death Valley soon. It’ll thank you for it.

Ride safe.

For live weather radar conditions over the region:

https://radar.weather.gov/radar.php?rid=esx&product=N0R&overlay=11101111&loop=no

For current road conditions in Nevada and California:

http://nvroads.com/

https://www.chp.ca.gov/traffic

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