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My S/O and I are planning on heading west during the last week of May, to Las Vegas, Hoover Dam area. We are figuring 3 + weeks. Few questions for the experienced travellers either living in that area or have travelled our intended direction...Niagara Falls to Las Vegas...

Travelling through Denver over the Rockies what's anyone's best guess on the weather conditions around the 1st week of June? And are weather reports as we are approaching Denver accurate and reliable for the mountains(we did that area in Mid July and weather was perfect.)

We we would like to spend a few days in Las Vegas(never been there before)....but I'm not crazy about turning my wing over to a 20 year old valet...so...any ideas on a hotel, or an area we can look for a hotel that is not crazy busy, that is somewhat biker friendly and within walking distance to the strip.

Is there maybe somewhere else nice in that area not necessarily Las Vegas itself but close, that we could spend a few days and be able to get in some nice rides.

And ...whew!....finally is it worth spending a few days in the area of the Hoover dam, and where would that be? Or can the sights be reached easily when staying in Or around Las Vegas..

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We will be going to the South west Star B Que the third week of may. This is the second one that they are having at the Silverton hotel just before you get into vegas. Its also connected to the bass pro shop in which you can waste a day in easy. There is a huge fish tank with live mermaids! It was a good time last year. I would suggest you check hotel prices right on the strip if this is your first time. You can walk just about everywhere and No you don't have to turn your bike over to a valet. I doubt the hotel would even allow the kid to ride your bike. Every hotel there has self parking for free and a lot of them will let you park right at the entrance with your bike. ( If you ask the valet and have a tip ready). Its just as easy to use the parking garages which are covered .. Just park, cover the bike and spend a few days on the strip walking or riding the tram and seeing the sights. Others will be letting you know all of the other interesting places within a day of vegas I'm sure.
 

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Last week of May, in Vegas? How is your tolerance for heat? Check out average late May/early June desert temperatures...
Pooch has given you some good information, I'm sure.

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Come to the Southern end of our state and ride thru the canyons (Zions and Bryce) you wont be disappointed and can be easily done from Vegas on your way back to Vegas ride thru The Valley of Fire it's awesome and will take you right to the dam.
 

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Guys...thanks for the great information.....I knew the heat would be a consideration...but maybe not how hot....problem is up north, today was the first day it was really warm enough to think about getting on a bike, then there's the sand everywhere, makes for an interesting and greasy ride. Head south too early and from what I have been reading its iffy going through the Rockies at Denver.
 

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For Las Vegas there is lots of free covered parking for your bike. There are cameras everywhere, and I've never even worried about my bike when parked there. Read some of the Bubba1 posts about riding in heat. Valley of Fire and Red Rock are cool places to see around Vegas. Also, you can ride up to Mount Charleston. Hoover Dam, Valley of Fire, could all be done in one day if you desire. Might be better to take your time and do it over 2 days. Bryce Canyon and Zion National Park are also very cool. We were able to visit both of them in one day last year. Hotel rooms are cheap in Las Vegas, especially mid-week. Bass Pro Shops is a cool place to visit as well! I heard there is construction on the Virgin River Gorge coming down the 15.

As for the weather through the Rockies it can be hit or miss. Weather can change very quickly. You probably won't know the conditions until the day before. If you come across the 70, the Eisenhower tunnel is pretty amazing.
 

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Great time of the year for that route. High winds in Utah and Nevada can also be a big factor.
 
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