River Mountains Loop

This past autumn I started scouting around for possible bicycling getaways to have up my sleeve when wintertime rains began to inundate Santa Rosa. One of the destinations that caught my eye? The River Mountains Loop trail outside Las Vegas.

Although I had never considered Vegas as a cycling destination, a little more research revealed that loop and some other rides looked like great winter ideas. It didn’t take long to pick enough possibilities to make it worthwhile to head there for a few days of pedaling in the sunshine when I needed a break from rain at home.

My expectations for the River Mountains Loop increased when, a few months later, Scott and Rocky reported how much they enjoyed the 35 miles of paved trail. They also reported favorably on the spur trail down to Hoover Dam. That pretty much sealed the deal for me.

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11 response to "River Mountains Loop"

    • By: Bill Stone Posted: February 13, 2020

      Thanks. Seriously, much as I enjoyed the Loop, and quality of photos aside, I discovered a couple more rides in the Vegas area where the scenery proved far more stunning. Coming soon.

      PS: I really was bummed about the power lines in the photos with the paddle wheeler. I’ve been known to edit offending utility lines out of pictures, but the ripples on the water made it look like that editing job would be beyond my abilities this time.

  1. By: Hopkins Escapades Posted: February 13, 2020

    What a great ride, Bill. Glad there wasn’t any flooding while you were there or you might have needed to borrow Verne and Kermit’s floaties for you and the Ogre.

    And I wouldn’t be too surprised those two people you met from Hastings didn’t admit to knowing Greg. Now, if you would’ve asked if they know the “headstanding-G2 drawing-snowman building-below freezing-biker from Hastings,” they would’ve been able to reply, “OHHHHH YES! THAT guy! Nope…don’t know him.” Cheers & happy pedaling.

    • By: Bill Stone Posted: February 13, 2020

      I should have whipped out my phone and shown them a photo Greg doing a handstand on a mound of snow. I’m sure that would have jogged memories!

      • By: Rich-Illinois Posted: February 13, 2020

        Or the Police BOLO . . . . . . 😉

  2. By: gregblood Posted: February 13, 2020

    Whenever I’ve been in the vicinity of Las Vegas/Death Valley/Zion, I’ve always managed to find my way to various parts of the Lake Mead/Lake Mojave N.R.A. It ALWAYS seems to be tropical there, no matter how cold it is 20 miles away. (I’ve only been there between October and March though. I’m guessing it’s pretty unbearable in the other months unless you’re on one of those fancy houseboats.)

    I have a theory as to why those Hastingites denied knowing me: They were probably the ones who almost ran me over when their big Ford Explorer squeezed me into a snowbank last month. “Uh, yeah . . . we’ve never even SEEN that guy. Certainly not while driving up the 14th Street hill near that one icy curve.”

  3. By: Bill Stone Posted: February 13, 2020

    You’re right about the weather, Greg. At the trailhead where I entered and exited, there was a big sign warning hikers (didn’t mention bikers) not to attempt the Loop from June through September.

    PS: You know, come to think of it, as soon as I mentioned your name the wife gave a little hand signal to the husband, and they suddenly ended the conversation and started to scurry away….

  4. By: Rich-Illinois Posted: February 13, 2020

    Great ride and photos!
    The power lines are really hard to see, the eye goes to the vessel.
    I tend to shoot whatever is there as it is — which is quite possibly why my photos appear as they do. 🙂

    The rock cut photos are particularly beautiful, as well as the tunnels, and the new bridge supports along the rock face.

    No visit to the Pawn shop or Counts Kustoms — next time!

    The photo of the city/airliner surely shows the dichotomy of Las Vegas — wealth in the city and what appear to be row houses in the near ground

  5. By: Scooter Posted: February 14, 2020

    Nice to see this loop again, Bill. Rocky and I are already talking about when to come back. Great shot of the paddle wheeler, lines and all. And that first shot through the tunnels, showing through to the next one – the light wasn’t right when I Went through, but it’s a great spot. And yes, that’s the same spot where Rachael was climbing up a steep roller.

    • By: Bill Stone Posted: February 14, 2020

      When you return to the Las Vegas area, be sure to look into Red Rock Canyon and Valley of Fire State Park. But shoot for early morning on a weekday in order to avoid crowds.

  6. By: The Navigator Posted: February 16, 2020

    Poor Lake Mead with its bathtub rings. It always looks so out of place in that landscape and a reminder of how it’s silly to build cities in the desert. Archeologists will have a ‘field day’ sometime in the future with Las Vegas.

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