Kids would play and explore the junk piles, old cars, broken washing machines and hunt for lizards. Lizards were always fun to catch; when you could. Over time, dumping in the desert was no longer acceptable behavior giving rise to desert cleanup efforts.
Today, you rarely see dumping in the Valley desert and it is rare to see trash and junk anymore – a good thing. Another change is very restricted access to any dirt roads within the Las Vegas drainage. The years have created big changes for the motorcycle enthusiast.
In the 1960’s a person could ride, ride, ride all the way to the mountains, over the hills, washes and about anywhere you wanted; the desert becoming the ultimate playground for as far as the eye could see. There was virtually unlimited freedom to ride any direction away from the City without concern. Free spirited adventure and riding fun was on the daily menu for off-road enthusiasts back then and it was found in any direction away from the City.
As everyone knows those days are long past and with over 2 million people in the Valley, dust control concerns, erosion control and with the sprawl of the City there is no real off-road access or freedom to ride like there once was. For families looking to ride the only close option is to venture to Apex for the day.
There is a need for balance and preservation but such restrictions have severely limited any real off-road riding opportunities within the Valley. So where can a rider go? Simple, the farther you can get away from Vegas the better the opportunities are for riding and experiencing the joy of off-road adventure.
Today, you have to trailer the dirt bikes, UTV’s and ATV’s and drive longer distances making it much more difficult to get away. After you pack the bikes, the kids, the food and drinks, stop by the gas station for fuel, and grab breakfast you can then drive to Logandale Trails, Dumont Dunes, Amargosa, the Silver State Trail north of Alamo and a few other limited locations. Once you arrive, by at least mid-morning, you unpack and then you can ride. Remember, you will still need to pack up everything, drive back to Vegas and then; unpack, unload and cleanup. Riding has become a major chore compared to the 1960’s, 1970′s and 1980′s. No wonder more people are not doing it. Getting ready, getting there, riding for a period of time and getting back has become a daunting logistical exercise in itself. Just writing about it makes me tired.
SO WHAT DO YOU DO IN THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY?
GET STREET LEGAL AND DUAL-SPORT OR ADVENTURE RIDE.
In the future I will share more about the evolution of the sport and opportunities outside the Valley.
Ride, adventure, explore and enjoy WHILE YOU STILL CAN.