Let’s go ride a bike!

Introduction

Welcome to the Friends of Black Rock High Rock led group rides. With over 800 miles of designated routes in the NCA, these rides are curated to ensure a fantastic bike touring experience. The rides are designed to showcase the variety of natural and cultural histories found in the NCA. These routes take you deep into the Nevada outback, high above the playa, and surrounded by your imagination.

The high desert is a harsh environment and puts a strain on self reliance. Read our FAQ! Please do not hesitate to ask us about what it takes to be successful touring the NCA by bike. We are here for your success. Whether you want to join a ride or head out on your own – we want to know about it. 

While the NCA is managed by the BLM and occupied by visitors and residents alike, we must remember that these public lands were stolen from the indigenous Northern Paiute, Numu, or Aga’ipanadokado. The original stewards were the First People, we must continue their work to the best of our abilities.

The NCA has a the widest variety of route surfaces from paved, gravel, chunky climbs and descents, slick rock, alkali flat, sand dunes, and creek crossings. A mountain bike with wide tires, 2+”, best serves this terrain. Carrying water in the desert landscape requires at least 2 Liters per day in the cooler months and 4 Liters+ per day in the warmer months.

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Leave the lights and crowds of the city behind. Get out into the serene wilderness and explore the Black Rock Desert at your own pace or skill level. Enthusiastic and knowledgeable bicyclists will lead you through sections of wilderness that few humans ever tread. Climb the hills on your bike and cruise the loop to get breathtaking views of the abandoned mines, hot springs, and other historic and unique sites available throughout the National Conservation Area.

Trego Springs – Lava Beds

Date: April 30-May 1, 2022

This 2-day trip on mostly dirt road and 4-wheel drive track is a great overview of the lands on the southern margin of the Black Rock desert.

Cassidy Mine – Steamboat

Date: May 29, 2022

This fun half-day loop covers 18 miles of smooth to chunky roads with great views of the Black Rock Desert, Hualapai Flat, and the Calico Hills.

Soldier Meadows Road – Donnelley Peak

Date: June 18-19, 2022

This 2-day ride crosses the Calico Mountains above 7,000’. This ride starts on Soldier Meadows Road at the southern shoulder of the Calico Hills.

12-Mile Access – Friends Meteor Camp

Date: August 13, 2022

As a part of the much bigger celebration of the Perseids Meteor Shower Campout, this 1/2-day trip will start at the 12 Mile Access to the Black Rock Desert, travel 6-10 miles north along the west shore  to the campout site (exact location varies year to year).

Lund Petrified Forest – High Rock Canyon

Date: October 1-2, 2022

This 2-day trip is a wonderful introduction to the canyonlands of Northern Nevada. The route begins and ends at Lund Petrified Forest

Soldier Meadows – Fly Canyon

Date: October 29-30, 2022

This 2-day trip is a showcase route for the NCA. The route skirts along Soldier Meadows Rd skirts the eastern edge of the Calico Mountains, Calico Mountain Wilderness and High Rock Lake Wilderness.