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    rides from LV - 25 to 50 miles

    I'll be in Las Vegas for a conference on July 7, 8, and 9 and would like to take a road bike ride on Sunday afternoon and after the conference lets out on Monday and Tuesday. Can anyone suggest a web site with rides of about two-hours or 25-30 miles? I can probably fit in a 50-miler or metric century on Sunday.

    Or, suggest a destination and I'll use ridewithgps to map out an out-and-back route. The place I'm staying at is south of the Strip and the conference is in Mandalay Bay. If possible, I'd rather not have to ride through the worst of city traffic before getting into the boonies. I live in the desert north of Los Angeles, so I'm used to the hazards of desert riding, (i.e., heat issues).

    Thanks for any suggestions you can offer.
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    Read this thread for link to RTC bicycle resources for a bike map of the town

    Bicycle storage services in Las Vegas

    If you want a challenge try the route to Red Rock (minor entrance fee if you don't have a national park pass) or the River-Mountain Trail in Henderson for a variety of terrain. The "three sisters hill" at the north end is "interesting". There is parking at the north end off of Lake Mead Drive and then a couple of places to the south. The trail runs right behind Railroad Pass Casino off US 93 and on to Boulder City.

    I'd suggest starting out VERY EARLY in the morning - as early as possible since it is supposed to be hotter than Hell in just a few days - 110 degrees F by early afternoon. Be sure to carry sufficient water. I know at least two places you can get it on the River-Mountain Trail but on the Red-Rock loop it is scarce if available at all (can't remember where).

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    Thank you so much for the link and tips. I was getting discouraged because nobody gave any input for over two days since the original post. Hopefully, all you guys were out riding and not sitting in front of a computer.

    Early morning won't work very well as there is that pesky conference I need to attend. I'll be sure to carry plenty of water, at least two 25-ounce bottles. Need to map out the mileage, but it looks like one day on Blue Diamond, another on River Mountain Loop Trail and the third at Red Rock. Don't really want to drive the car to a trailhead, so I'll just cycle from the hotel/resort. Thanks again for the link. Their regional map gave some decent ideas.

    p.s. Got the senior lifetime national park pass. I'll be sure to carry it with me.
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    Oops. Upon closer inspection of their map, it looks like Blue Diamond is the same thing as you guys call "Red Rock". My hotel/resort is pretty close to "Life is a Cycle" bike shop. Time for RideWithGPS or MapMyRide.
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    Quote Originally Posted by VegasTriker View Post
    Bicycle storage services in Las Vegas

    If you want a challenge try the route to Red Rock (minor entrance fee if you don't have a national park pass) or the River-Mountain Trail in Henderson for a variety of terrain. The "three sisters hill" at the north end is "interesting". There is parking at the north end off of Lake Mead Drive and then a couple of places to the south. The trail runs right behind Railroad Pass Casino off US 93 and on to Boulder City.

    I'd suggest starting out VERY EARLY in the morning - as early as possible since it is supposed to be hotter than Hell in just a few days - 110 degrees F by early afternoon. Be sure to carry sufficient water. I know at least two places you can get it on the River-Mountain Trail but on the Red-Rock loop it is scarce if available at all (can't remember where).
    i was not aware red rocks was part of the nps. recent development? both it and semi-nearby valley of fire used to be nevada state parks
    (although in my estimation, both should have been/should be combined into a us national park a la theodore roosevelt national park.
    either that or national park passes grant you free access into state parks which i did not know.
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    Red Rock is now run by the Bureau of Land Management

    Here's a link to the park website: Welcome to Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area

    I visited there with my sister-in-law this past Spring and was surprised to find it under BLM control. I too thought it was a state park which does not accept national park passes so had to pay an entry fee because I didn't have my pass handy.
    Red Rock Canyon was designated as Nevada's first National Conservation Area. Red Rock Canyon is located 17 miles west of the Las Vegas Strip on Charleston Boulevard/State Route 159. The area is 195,819 acres and is visited by more than one million people each year. In marked contrast to a town geared to entertainment and gaming, Red Rock offers enticements of a different nature including a 13-mile scenic drive, more than 30 miles of hiking trails, rock climbing, horseback riding, mountain biking, road biking, picnic areas, nature observing and visitor center with exhibit rooms and a book store.

    Blue Diamond road (State HY 160) is the name of the road that leads west toward the town of Pahrumph. It is a 6 lane road with a bike route all along it and is very popular with cyclists on the weekends. Many people drive west past all of the developments and park at parking lots set up specifically for cyclists. There is good signage as to where to turn off HY 160 to go to Red Rock.

    Corrected post to give the right NV highway number for Blue Diamond Road
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    Quote Originally Posted by VegasTriker View Post
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    Blue Diamond road (State HY 146) is the name of the road that leads west toward the town of Pahrumph. It is a 6 lane road with a bike route all along it and is very popular with cyclists on the weekends. Many people drive west past all of the developments and park at parking lots set up specifically for cyclists. There is good signage as to where to turn off HY 146 to go to Red Rock.
    Could you verify "NV State Hwy 146" as being the Blue Diamond? Google maps shows 146 as being St. Rose Hwy, between the 15 and 215. It shows the Blue Diamond as being the Hwy 160 from L.V. to where it splits, the 160 continuing to Pahrump and the 159 north as Red Rock Canyon. Do you have an address or intersection of that bike parking lot?
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    Oops

    Sorry about the mix-up in highway numbers. I should have looked at a map for confirmation. I've only lived here 29 years and watched Blue Diamond Road go from a sleepy 2 lane roadway to a major highway near I-15. Most of us just refer to the many state roads left over from when it was a sleepy one-horse town by the street names. Even those sometime change names over the years. I was nearly in an accident victim (car not bike) on Blue Diamond Rd recently and the state troopers responded to it. Hot as it is right now I only ride as early as possible and plan my routes with lots of water stops. That means I don't ride on the western part of Blue Diamond road where things are far apart. Saw a guy trying to fix a tire around 10 am Sunday as I came down from the mountains. It was awfully hot but I had kids I had to deliver to parents after a weekend stargazing so I couldn't stop. It was getting hot enough to be downright unpleasant.

    I don't know what the nearest street is at that point. The road becomes 4 lanes and then 2 lanes just at the point you turn right to go to the park. Look for the gas station on the left. It will be the last building you see on BDR below the mountains. Look for cars parked on the right side well off the roadway. There are enough people who do this ride that you will have no trouble seeing it. In any case, there is enough room to park off the pavement all along that section of BDR. It is mostly uninhabited desert.
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    Thanks for the clarification, VT. Just checked the weather for the next two days. Yup, you're right. It's a bit "warm" in the afternoons. I'll have to finish my rides before lunch. We get triple digits around here in the Antelope Valley, but it isn't "fun". It's okay for a twenty-miler, but downright dangerous for anything longer. I'll remember to pack a third water bottle.
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    Quote Originally Posted by volosong View Post
    I'll be in Las Vegas for a conference on July 7, 8, and 9 and would like to take a road bike ride on Sunday afternoon and after the conference lets out on Monday and Tuesday. Can anyone suggest a web site with rides of about two-hours or 25-30 miles? I can probably fit in a 50-miler or metric century on Sunday....
    Sorry to be so late to the party- you've already been here a couple of days. Not sure if you got out, at least it seems that the thunderstorm/flash flood watches are taking a break.

    I am not familiar with the bike shop you mentioned, but as a newbie, not to the area but to cycling, that doesn't mean much. I would suggest phoning them before anything- there are many more shops on that list. Not all will be open on Sunday, and those that are will close early. If you chose to go out to Red Rock Canyon from the south end (that whole area is very popular with road and mountain bikers both) I think you'll enjoy it. Beware the heat for sure, and being from the high desert yourself, you know shade will be rare. A nice stop would be at the village of Blue Diamond to cool off though. There will be shade and top you can top off your water bottles. There is a bike shop there, I think it's open until 3? on Sundays. https://maps.google.com/local?f=d&hl...nd+NV+89004+US. I used Google's bike option, but the Blue Diamond/Red Rock Canyon Rd is Rt. 159.

    There is a small stop further on just before you get to the scenic loop entrance, it's almost at the highest point of the 159. No water, some shade and the icky campground toilets. You'll know it by the wind sock. The Scenic Loop itself is open from 6am-8pm, visitor center 8-430. It is a $3 fee for a bike, but if you have National Parks Pass, that is accepted. There is a public facility open 6am-8pm in the parking area just below the visitor center with a water fountain, modern restrooms, and vending machines. Oddly enough, I never looked closely at the machines, but being what the area is about, I'm sure ( I hope) they have more than sodas. The loop itself is beautiful and challenging, with 1000 feet altitude gain in the first 4.5 miles. After that, it is fast downhills- but beware of tight turns and rough pavements on them -and rabbits, lizards and ground squirrels crossing your path. There are a few more climbs on the way, but they are mercifully short.

    Two more links- I don't know where you are staying, but I used the Silverton as a landmark. https://www.google.com/maps/dir/Silv...36.1623226!3e1.

    Cycling Routes & Maps of Las Vegas and Bicycle Riders | Biking Las Vegas Cyclists | Biking Las Vegas Cycling

    Hope you get to see this before you get home-sorry to be so late!
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    Quote Originally Posted by decosse View Post
    Sorry to be so late to the party...
    Thanks for the input. I only got a chance to ride on Monday. Arrived Sunday late afternoon and it was too late to ride. Conference didn't start until Monday night, so I went out in the morning. I stayed at Worldmark on L.V. Blvd. south of the airport. I rode down the strip to Sahara and turned west to pick up Red Rock Canyon. Then through the loop exiting south past Blue Diamond back to L.V. Blvd.

    Surprised to see a lot of bikes out, especially for a Monday, which I'd assume to be a work day. Not hot at all either. The bike shop I did stop at after the ride, (a Pinarello dealer), said that the evening rains cooled things off. Only got into the upper 80s by the time I got back at 11:00. It's a beautiful ride on a nicely paved road. Nice and wide. Not much debris either. I think I did the ride in the opposite direction than you suggested. Not sure it was the easier way, but seems like it is.

    Thanks again. Lots of single girls out riding too. Hmmm. Maybe I should move to L.V.?

    p.s. I was called back to work on Tuesday morning because our satellite instrument shut itself off. Had to come back to help figure out what happened and plan on getting back up and acquiring data. Bummer!
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    Quote Originally Posted by volosong View Post
    ..... I rode down the strip to Sahara and turned west to pick up Red Rock Canyon. Then through the loop exiting south past Blue Diamond back to L.V. Blvd.....Surprised to see a lot of bikes out, especially for a Monday, which I'd assume to be a work day. Not hot at all either. The bike shop I did stop at after the ride, (a Pinarello dealer), said that the evening rains cooled things off. Only got into the upper 80s by the time I got back at 11:00. It's a beautiful ride on a nicely paved road. Nice and wide. Not much debris either. I think I did the ride in the opposite direction than you suggested. Not sure it was the easier way, but seems like it....
    Oops! Darn. Way too late. I had you staying after the conference, instead of arriving early...

    Actually, the way you went is the way I go, except I start at what would be W Flamingo/ S Town Center area. Your route and mine would join at the end of Sahara at Desert Foothills, and continue out to the Canyon. Being a relative newbie, and not yet a strong rider, I would turn around after Red Rock and come back (grin) I only suggested the other way because you were so far south. Your direction indeed could be easier-they are both uphill to Red Rock, but the way you came is a more gradual ascent.

    Always a lot of cyclists out there, no matter what day, but Saturdays and Sundays are really something. And yep, a lot of us women really enjoy cycling here.

    In any event, glad you enjoyed it, and yes, you lucked out on the weather!
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