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The Valley of Fire, North Shore Run & Hoover Dam Motorcycle Road Trip will run through some great roads and world famous travel areas - ALL IN ONE DAY!
One of the unique aspects of road tours is the ability to see the Las Vegas area from the seat of a motorcycle and experience first hand the most sought after tour areas. You'll visit the best of the best, take pictures and keep on the move for an exciting day of about 160 miles of incomparable beauty.
You'll see a live, living earth, so beautiful and astounding with profound quietness that you'll not have realized this could exist in the realm of "Las Vegas Desert". However, beauty can be found, but needs to be searched for like silver and gold. Visit a beauty that was shaped and captured over millions of years. Shaped by seas, moving platelets, rain, wind and sand. The Valley of Fire is RICH with beauty, sometimes in such small ways that seem to go unnoticed until today. (I've) lived in Las Vegas since 1956 and have explored the deserts countryside's in our area that ARE rich with blends of the desert's natural habitats for animals and plant life.
So guess what...
It would be my privilege to share a few spot's with you, if you'd like to cruise out on a daily one day Valley of Fire / Hoover Dam Tour that is in the Las Vegas valley area, you'll enjoy it. And since this is an effort taking place on the seat of a bike, (for the most part) I know you'll experience what I experience every single time I make the trip. It's just amazing and fun and I know you'll enjoy the riding area as much as we do. If you're from a wooded area that's loaded with pine trees and very little blue sky can be seen, you're in for a real treat as we stand across the valley's of Las Vegas and peer at it's natural beauty as far as the eye can see, miles and miles of open desert plateau.
So, what can you expect to find on a one day trip? Well, for starters you'll be traveling North from Las Vegas to the Valley of Fire, where you'll be exploring the area a by motorcycle or by car if you wish. If some folks would like to check out the (petroglyphs New Window) at the Valley of Fire you'll go to an area where you can take some photos that is just a short walk. Just as an F.Y.I., there are 11 different Trails for hiking at the Valley of Fire, (Not for motorcycles - Only for feet & Not For a Tour, usuall you'll not have this kind of time). The trails range between .30 to 11 miles in distance.
Riders pass through a State Park where the park fee will be kindly recieved and the federal land of Lake Mead Recreational area will collect another one depending how you leave.
You might think the small fees are a lot of money to spend for a full day of enjoyment. If that is the case, wait until you get on the Strip, hotels don't look the way they do for nothing. Wait till you pay for a show that only provides you with a few minutes of smoke-house entertainment, where you cannot take picture and that will be quickly forgotten.
Road Conditions: The gamete - moderate twisties, gullies, curvy roads around mountains and valleys, high cliffs at times with & without guard rails, pot holes, gravel, sand, long stretches of highway, shaded highways, possible windy conditions, desert, heat in summer months - so bring water. Off road vehicles are not allowed off the road ANYWHERE in the State Park. Sounds like fun already!
Common Species: Wild Burro's, rabbits, coyote's, lizards, along with many other Birds, Mammals, Plants and Reptiles. On our introduction video) we happen to be taking, one of the largest lizards, an iguana, graced us with his presence which is shown in the video below.
Petroglyphs: Today's (petroglyph New Window) experts don't agree on the meanings of these ancient symbols. The most ancient ones were probably the work of Anasazis, the Valley's early hunters, prior to 1150 C.E. (We find some of these same markings on our tours in Utah). Although their exact translation is unknown, they truly link all of us today with some of our most incredible ancestors. the black varnish finish on some rocks gave these people the blackboard on which to chip in their messages. DO NOT TOUCH WITH YOUR FINGERS. Oils on your hands can destroy the petroglyphs carved in the rocs generations ago. Please don't touch... Thank You (Via Park Officials).
A FEW WORDS OF CAUTION: ...Take only pictures .... Leave only footprints ....
A FEW FACTS: The Valley of Fire averages 50 weddings of month.
Weddings require a permit and can be held at only four areas - Mouse
Approximately 9000 visitors came to the Valley of Fire during 1936, its
first year as a State Park. Today they have over 500,000 visitors
In the middle of the Mojave Desert lays a presence of striking red cliffs, flat white sandstone and a variety of geological environments. The Valley of Fire is from an ancient sea leaving graceful shapes by a marvelous process of erosion forming a torrent valley of preserved rock mass, that you'll no doubt find totally ENJOYABLE!
Right in the Middle of it all lays a sweet little set of twisties that goes on for about 12 Miles that with a couple of hard dips. I'm amazed at the people who never knew this existed that live here. Moving along the Valley of Fire there a few locations for bathroom breaks, a few tables for a quick snack, and lots of places for grabbing photos. You'll be able to enjoy a couple of easy hikes; one of .75 of a mile and the other of about .30 of a mile. Stop at the Visitors Center for some quick souvenir shopping if desired and then move along to several stops on this Las Vegas motorcycle road tour with opportunity for photos in easily accessible areas.
The Valley of Fire entrance in from the west is really nice (below).
Desert Wilderness ...
Great Motorcycle Roads ...
My Seven Sisters ...
The Bee Hives - Don't just stand up on the hill looking down, walk down into them and see if you can spot a place for portrait type photos.
Mouse Tank: A short trail, one of the shortest that goes down into a lower casein.
Today, we headed over to one area, where legend has it that an Indian named Mouse created problems for the settler's. Some say Mouse wasn't a trouble maker but he was feared and hated among his native Indian tribe.
One of many stories about him came to pass from George Bonelli, a merchant and rancher employed Mouse as a hand on a ferry that crossed the Colorado River. Mousse became drunk and shot up an Indian camp with his pistol. Bonelli and his men disarmed him and locked him up for the evening. He was fired from his job and ferried across the river to Arizona. There he reportedly killed two prospectors.
He later came hiding out in this area, which came to be called Mouse Tank. It was this area where Mousse was pursued and after a 45 minute gun battle was shot down by the posse.
Today, the only shooting going on these days is by photographers.
Mouse's Tank - We've looked at this hole where 3 little guys are poking their heads out and have no idea how they squeezed in. If you're thin enough you may be able to fit through the crevasses and holes to get in. In all honestly though, most of my Harley buddies and myself, from what I can see, are not a candidate
Lots of Photography...
A snapshot of unusual rock formations found everywhere.
Below was an interesting mushroom we found growing, smaller than a dime.
The Cabins - Our Office - Step in and lets plan an overnight!
Elephant Rock - A hike back up a hill to get the photo.
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