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8 Days Backcountry Discovery Route Tour in Nevada, USA

Wild West Motorcycle Tours USA

Join this motorcycle tour in USA and explore the historic and scenic state of Nevada while traveling along the newly unveiled Nevada Backcountry Discovery Route. This route was created by Curtis Cummings, founder of Great Southwest Moto Adventures and travels along the entire state of Nevada showcasing the beauty and allure of the old west. Ride the wild west and explore the beauty of Nevada in this jam-packed adventure tour!


  • Rides across the state of Nevada
  • Visit historic ghost towns and old mines
  • All national and state park entrance fees
  • Well prepared, professional, and experienced guides
  • Ride the Spanish Trail, the Hamilton Stage Coach Route, and the Immigrant Trail
  • Bottled water, snacks, and locally sourced meals included
  • Amazing farewell dinner and celebration
  • 7 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Intermediate


6 riding days in English
Spoken languages: English
The maximum participants in the group is 6
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During this tour, you will stay either in a private or a shared room. Great Southwest Moto Adventures provides comfortable motel-style accommodations. You will spend one night in Las Vegas, one night in Laughlin, one night in Amargosa, one night in Tonopah, one night in Austin, one night in Elko, one camping night near Jarbidge and along the river.

Great Southwest Moto Adventures USA Motorcycle Tour Program

During this adventure, you will check out the Hamilton Stage Coach Route, the Immigrant Trail, the Spanish Trail, and old mining and ghost towns. This ride is perfect for the intermediate rider and includes all the bells and whistles.

Just show up, bring your riding gear, a change of clothes or two, and they will take care of the rest. Their goal is to provide a quality experience that showcases the history of the region and provides an exceptional and long lasting experience for each rider. Show up as strangers and ride off as close friends at the end of the trip.


  • Terrain: dirt
  • Bike: personal or rental bike
  • Mileage: 1,851 kilometers / 1,150 miles
  • Daily rides: 242 kilometers / 150 miles
  • Meals: three daily meals, snacks, and drinks

Day 1: Las Vegas

On your first day, you will meet with the group around 5 p.m. at the Silverton Hotel & Casino to enjoy some drinks and appetizers as you get to know each other and discuss the tour. You will go over any questions you may have, learn about the itinerary, and provide some insight into what to expect over the next eight days of riding the beautiful Southwest.

Day 2: Las Vegas, Kingman, Oatman, and Laughlin

This day, around 8 a.m., you will take off from Las Vegas and head over to Kingman, Arizona on the asphalt. From Kingman, you will take one of the most twisty windy sections of Route 66 to Oatman, where you will pick up on the Nevada Backcountry Discovery Route (NVBDR) route.

In Oatman, you will check out the local burros and ride to Laughlin, Nevada and stay in a hotel right along the Colorado River. As time allows, after checking into your room, you may take a ride to see the Glen Canyon Dam and take a swim in Lake Mojave.

Day 3: Primm, Pahrump, Amargosa

After breakfast, you will head to Primm and work your way towards Good Springs, home of the well-known Pioneer Saloon. After checking out the Pioneer Saloon, you will take off on part of the Spanish Trail to Pahrump and then Ash Meadows, a true oasis in the desert. You will stay the night in Amargosa where you can swim, get a good night's sleep, and enjoy a nice dinner.

Day 4: Big Dunes, Beatty, Goldfield, and Tonopah

After breakfast, you will depart to Big Dunes, which offers 400-foot tall desert sand dunes. Don’t worry, you won't be riding the dunes with fully loaded bikes in the summer heat. You will make your way towards Beatty and Rhyolite, which offers a step back in time with its historic mining district and ghost town.

You will ride along the historic Titus railroad bed along an old Vegas to Reno off-road race course to Gold Point and towards Goldfield, another mining and ghost town. From Goldfield, you will make your way to Tonopah to enjoy a dinner and an overnight stay at this historic town right on the Main Street. The dinner will be at the best barbecue in central Nevada at the Tonopah Brewing Company.

Day 5: Belmont, Austin

As you head north from Tonopah, the desert gives way to ever changing plant life, vast open valleys, and wild mustangs on the open range. You will run along the Tonopah Test Range toward Belmont ghost town, over mountain passes toward Kingston Canyon, an amazingly beautiful canyon full of water crossings as you head to historic Austin, Nevada along the Pony Express trail. After taking some fuel and supplies, you will spend the night at a beautiful old cabin on the Young Ranch.

Day 6: Austin to Elko

This is your big day when you will enjoy 220 miles / 355 kilometers of some of the best riding in Nevada. You will hit the Pony Express Trail riding north through huge valleys and over several mountains passes to ride along an old stage coach route.

A great overgrown two-track road that twists and winds its way to more first class riding in the hills. You will ride along parts of the Immigrant Trail and enter Elko via the old Hamilton Stage Coach route right into town for showers and dinner at the best Basque restaurant in Northern Nevada. After a good night’s rest, you will be prepared for the last section of the tour.

Day 7: Elko to Jarbidge

You will slab it on the pavement north past all the private ranch land and back towards more trail riding full of wild mustangs, thousands of rabbits, and herds of antelope. This day, you will ride the best experience Nevada has for Adventure riders. High deserts, streams, mountains, and beautiful alpine settings. This area is known as the Alps of Nevada.

Your destination is Jarbidge, an amazing and small mountain community resting along the Nevada and Idaho border. In Jarbidge, you will enjoy a nice dinner, get some gas, and camp out along the river to celebrate and talk about such a bucket list adventure.

Day 8: Jarbidge to Elko

After breakfast, you will be off heading south back through the Jarbidge Range to Elko where the trip will come to an end. From there, you may take off as you please to head home.

Included excursions

  • Excursion to the Kingston Canyon
  • Ride to see the Glen Canyon Dam and take a swim in Lake Mojave
  • Tour to the historic mining district and ghost town in Rhyolite, Beatty, and Goldfield
  • Visit Good Springs and the Pioneer Saloon


This motorcycle tour will be held in Nevada, USA. The tour will start in Las Vegas and and will finish in Elko. You will also have the opportunity to visit , Kingman, Oatman, Laughlin, Primm, Pahrump, Amargosa, Beatty, Goldfield, Tonopah, Belmont, Austin, and Jarbidge.


During this holiday, you will enjoy three daily delicious and locally sourced meals, two cocktails per person per night after the day's ride, snacks, cool drinks, and other goodies along the way. You will also enjoy a farewell dinner and celebration.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks
  • Drinks

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

During your free time, you may explore the location, visit some local places of interests and attractions on your own, or simply relax at the hotel.

What's included

  • 1 farewell dinner and celebration
  • 2 daily cocktails per person after the day's ride
  • 2% donation of the cost to Tread Lightly
  • 3 daily meals
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • All national and state park entrance fees
  • Daily rides across Nevada
  • Environmental surcharge
  • Luggage storage while on the ride
  • Professional and experienced guide, sweep, and support staff
  • Satellite phone, GPS tracking, route tracks, and maps for all guides and sweep
  • Snacks, cool drinks, and other goodies along the way
  • Support vehicle with fuel, water, minor repair items, spare tires, and a spare motorcycle

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Anything not specifically mentioned
  • Fuel
  • Motorcycle shipping or transportation
  • Trip, travel, and accident insurance

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at McCarran International Airport (LAS).

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 50% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 60 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.
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