Bicycles can be used on all park roads that are open to public vehicular traffic. They can also be used on routes that have been designated for bicycle use in developed areas such as the path between the visitor center and the Harmony Borax Works. They are not allowed on closed roads, service roads, off roadways, in the wilderness, or on any trails. Riding a bicycle abreast of another bicycle on our narrow roads is dangerous and is also prohibited.
Death Valley has more than 785 miles of roads including hundreds of miles suitable for Mountain Biking. Click on the highlighted link for a list of recommended routes of differing difficulties.
Ash Meadows Hot Springs Trail (map)
The refuge provides habitat for at least 24 plants and animals found nowhere else in the world. Four fish and one plant are currently listed as endangered.
This concentration of indigenous life distinguishes Ash Meadows NWR as having a greater concentration of endemic life than any other local area in the United States and the second greatest in all of North America. Ash Meadows provides a valuable and unprecedented example of desert oases that are now extremely uncommon in the southwestern United States.
Stop by the refuge office to view the interpretive kiosk, obtain brochures, and walk the Crystal Springs Interpretive Boardwalk Trail. Additional information may be obtained at the Refuge Office, which is open Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (due to limited staff, the office may occasionally be unstaffed during these hours). Opportunities for observing the endangered Ash Meadows pupfish exist at all springs, but are best at Point of Rocks.
Numerous recreational opportunities are available at Ash Meadows. Wildlife observation, picnicking, and hunting are all popular activities enjoyed by refuge visitors. Swimming is only allowed in Crystal Reservoir, however, swimmers will be exposed to swimmer’s itch. Please contact the Refuge Manager for additional information regarding these activities. Bird watching is also a popular activity, with a bird list available at the headquarters or online. An active volunteer program provides additional opportunities to enjoy the refuge
Wheeler Pass, Spring Mountains
Take I-15 south to HWY 160. Take HWY 160 towards Pahrump. Once you get to Pahrump turn right (east) onto Wheeler Pass Road and follow it to the summit of Wheeler Pass. There are many unoffical routes and tracks entering and leaving Wheeler Pass Road, so try to stay on the main road. There is no sign and no official trailhead at the summit of Wheeler Pass. (Though this route is further from Las Vegas, it is easier and more straight forward than trying to find the route through Cold Creek). A high clearance vehicle is highly recommended. 4X4 even better. Drive for 37.3 miles and turn right onto Wheeler Pass Rd.
Drive for 7.6 miles (44.9 total) and you will meet up with Wheeler Pass Road from Pahrump. (Rd 071)
Continue for 3.0 miles (47.9 total) and take the left fork (Rd 601)
Continue for 5.9 miles (53.8 total) and take th right fork.
Continue for 1.9 miles (55.7 total) and take the left fork.
Continue another 2.1 miles (57.8 total) and you will be at Wheeler Pass.
This route is fairly straight forward. Start out going West a short distance , then turning Northerly up the ridge. You will go up past a few rocky outcrops to a big rocky outcrop area where there is some basic class 3. This is about 3/4 of a mile to here. This is a steep section, but do not stray off of it, as this would result in some mean bush wacking.
Once you get on top of here you will be on top of the main ridge. Follow the main ridge up to the steep ridge that leads you to the summit. This is ridge is about a mile and a half before you make the final push to the summit.
The steep part of the ridge is about 1/2 a mile with about 800 feet of elevation gain. There are some slippery rocks and a tiny bit of class 3 here and there depending on how you meander around some rocky outcrops.