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Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Escaping the Bright Lights of Las Vegas | Bike Overnights


Think sin city is all about the sex, booze, and gambling? Well, according to the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, it is. But step away from the glitz and glam of the Las Vegas strip and you will find an abundance of resources for the outdoor enthusiast, all within a 45-minute drive in just about any direction. Go east and you can play in the waters of Lake Mead, Hoover Dam, and the Colorado River; head northwest and you can hit the slopes of 11,000-foot Mount Charleston; if you’re a hiker, Valley of Fire to the north and Red Rock Canyon to the west are sure to quench your appetite for stunning rock formations and authentic desert hiking.
Because all of these places are such a short distance from the center of the city, it actually means Las Vegas is an excellent starting point for a wide variety of amazing day trips and overnights that can be taken by bike!
Leaving Las Vegas: Jasper tests out his ride.
While there are plenty of local bike shops that will rent road or mountain bikes for day trips, finding a touring bike rental that's set up for panniers or a trailer is uncommon. But don't let this hold you back from exploring some of the spectacular riding Las Vegas has to offer. TheLas Vegas Bicycling Community Website has great resources to start your research on where to ride, what to expect, and how to find local rentals or tour guides.

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