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3   in Nevada Nevada161 Miles

Motorcycle Roads The Death Valley Run

By MCR Contributor
on May 18, 2011

4.2out of 5

6 Riders rated

 Scenery

 Road Quality

 Roadside Amenities

Written Directions

Everyone knows where Death Valley is. Enter the Park from the east off Hwy 395, from the south out of Baker on I-15, from the east from Pahrump or from the north at Scotty's Junction or Beatty, both off NV 95.

Scenery

In a word: Spectacular! This is some of the most breathtaking, "extraterrestrial landscape" on the planet. There's hardly a thing growing out there higher than your knee yet it will be forever etched in your memory as not just one of the greatest motorcycle rides ever but one of the most beautiful as well. There's a place in the park where you can look down at one of the lowest points on earth at -280 ft in one direction and up to the highest point in the continental US in another (Mt Whitney, at 14,494). The mountains are rugged and wrinkled with amazing contrast between blonde and deep reddish brown. Spring time blankets the valley with wildflowers. A surreal place that is on the must-do list of every serious rider.

Road Quality

oad quality varies from area to area but is pretty good for the most part. Construction work can take place most anytime of year though there is less in the summer for a good reason - it's HOT!

Roadside Amenities

DV is a desolate place. There are services in the park at Furnace Creek and Stovepipe Wells - gas, restaurant and a general store. Camping is available in several places. There is motel lodging too but motels in the park are few and those are a bit pricey. Consider planning rides to end your days in Beatty, or Pahrump, NV or Lone Pine or Big Pine, CA.



There are only a few roads through the park. If you can't create some loops do them one direction one day and the opposite the next. The section from the valley to Beatty is great! Don't miss Hwy 178 between Shoshone and Furnace Creek. Do Hwy 190 from Death Valley Junction to Lone Pine. Awesome! And try to make time to get to Scotty's Castle - the tour is worth it! Get "Barry" as your tour guide.

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By ThomasR
on May 1, 2012 2 out of 2 members found this review useful.

4.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2007

Motorcycle Make BMW-1200 R Sport

Motorcycle Type Sport

Went for 4 days in April with 70-75 Deg. temps. The artist loop is a one way road which no one should miss. Roads in very good condition. Fantastic views. Caught air on the roller coaster section. Do this in early spring.

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By Trapper
on November 24, 2011 2 out of 2 members found this review useful.

4.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2008

Motorcycle Make Yamaha "Raider" V-Twin, 119 c.i./1900 c.c.

Motorcycle Type Cruiser

This ride was a great experience. Especially for a good ole boy from the foothills of the Appalachians.

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By chucktaggart
on March 5, 2015 1 out of 1 members found this review useful.

4.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2013

Motorcycle Make Road King CVO

Motorcycle Type Cruiser

Aweseome experience and stay at the Furnace Creek Resort if you can! I went at the beginning of March, and the roads were in perfect shape with temps around 55. The West end of this road hits mountains with higher elevations, more technical, and absolutely stunning scenery. Make sure that you keep your tank full because I only saw gas in Furnace Creek (cash only), Stovepipe wells, and Emigrant. I did not check Stovepipe, but Emigrant only had 86 octane.

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By JCZ
on January 23, 2012 1 out of 1 members found this review useful.

4.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2010

Motorcycle Make Screamin Eagle Street Glide

Motorcycle Type Touring

Death Valley is a great ride, no matter which roads you take.....provided it's under 90F! There isn't any shade out there and not many places to get out of the sun.

A great place to spend a night or two.

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By mrroboto
on July 31, 2017 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

5.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year

Motorcycle Make

Motorcycle Type Enduro

The scenery is like being on a different planet, the roads are sweeping and in perfect shape. There are passing zones where I think many not be able to see over some of the roller coaster humps which I could see might create many ill advised passes, but no problems for me today. If you're riding to and from northern CA to Vegas, this is the way to do it. Be prepared that Death Valley can be 20 degrees hotter than Pahrump and Panamint Springs so reload your cooling vests with ice and water at those spots when you're coming in.

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By Trapper
on November 24, 2011 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

4.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2008

Motorcycle Make Yamaha "Raider" V-Twin, 119 c.i./1900 c.c.

Motorcycle Type Cruiser

Riding through Death Valley was truly an experience. Especially for a good ole boy from the foothills of the Appalachians.

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