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The event starts on Thursday, August 21 and ends on Sunday, August 24, 2014. We’re really excited about our third annual rally. We’ve tweaked a few things, mostly in response to your feedback. This year, a four-day ticket is $195 and that price includes a great Friday night group buffet dinner and two breakfasts at the beautiful Carson Valley Inn, plus a Saturday night outdoor barbecue in the historic Minden Park.

And we’ve kept just about everything that makes Carson / Tahoe Moto such a fun event. The high Sierra and the Great Basin are still where they’ve been since before the first humans began to explore here. Our favorite mountain passes are right where you would expect them to be. If you live in Northern California or the San Francisco Bay Area, we’ve been scouting some of the routes you might consider choosing to get here and we can categorically proclaim that they are all excellent motorcycle rides. Whether you prefer to ride dirt, pavement, or both, we can also certify that we have lots of fantastic local motorcycle routes that we are more than happy to share with you.

Our event headquarters and host hotel is once again the beautiful and friendly Carson Valley Inn. Our friends there have put together some very special room rates for our event. Check our lodging page for more information, the secret code word for discounted rooms, and other great places to stay right nearby. Prefer camping? We’ve got you covered. And as always, the good folks at the Carson Valley Visitors Authority are happy to help make your stay here as rugged, relaxed, and reachable as possible.

What else do you need? C’mon up and ride with us. We’ll help you find your adventure.

3rd Annual Carson Tahoe Moto, August 21–24

The third annual Carson / Tahoe Moto returns to beautiful Carson Valley, Nevada, August 21 through 24, 2014.

adventure motorcycling in the Nevada backcountry

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The event will again feature great motorcycle rides on twisty mountain blacktop, or scenic backcountry dirt roads, or both. There’s also evening social events, guest speakers, and area summer activities. Headquarters and host hotel is once again the friendly Carson Valley Inn.

Carson Valley is a fantastic location, easy to get to, and close to some of the best high-desert and mountain road motorcycle riding in the Western US. World-class Sierra Nevada rides such as Monitor Pass, Sonora Pass, Ebbetts Pass are all within easy reach. And Lake Tahoe is just 30 minutes away over scenic Kingsbury Grade.

Event registration for Thursday through Sunday is just $195 per rider and includes two breakfasts plus a great Friday night group buffet dinner at the Carson Valley Inn, and a Saturday night outdoor barbecue in the historic Minden Park. Single-day registrations are available at $99 for Friday or Saturday.

 

Fall Colors in Hope Valley

Hope Valley is one of the best places in the Sierra Nevada to see fall colors. It also offers some fantastic motorcycling. The two make a great pair.

Fall colors motorcycling in Hope Valley, California

Fall colors motorcycling in Hope Valley, California; October 4, 2013

 

California State Route 88 runs through Hope Valley from Carson Pass (8,574 feet; 2,613 meters) 15 miles east to Woodfords (5,617 feet; 1,712 meters). The highway then enters Carson Valley where it ends 14 miles later at the junction with US 395, in Minden, Nevada (4,724 feet; 1,440 meters). The nearly 4,000 feet of elevation change in less than 30 miles is very dramatic. It offers a spectacular 30-minute motorcycle ride. Much of the route is within sight of the West Fork of the Carson River.

Fall color in Hope Valley

Fall color in Hope Valley, West Fork of the Carson River, from California State Route 88

 

There are some great places to camp in Hope Valley as well. The Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest has some developed campgrounds along Blue Lakes Road. At the end of the paved road, Pacific Gas and Electric Company operates some developed campgrounds at Upper and Lower Blue Lakes. Primitive camping is allowed in undeveloped areas in much of the surrounding national forest. Check our camping page to help find the perfect camping spot for you.

Fall color in Hope Valley, Blue Lakes Road

Fall color in Hope Valley, Blue Lakes Road, just off California State Route 88

 

The Blue Lakes area can also be reached from Highway 88 at Red Lake, just below Carson Pass, via Forestdale Divide Road. The approach from Red Lake is fairly gentle and manageable on just about any adventure motorcycle. Further on, the going gets more technical with steep drop-offs and loose surfaces. The final drop down to Upper Blue Lake has some steep downhills with lots of large loose rocks. Big bikes may have difficulties. The road is blocked by snow in the winter and is a popular snowmobile route.

Forestdale Divide Road, a great adventure motorcycle road near Carson Pass

Forestdale Divide Road, a great adventure motorcycle road near Carson Pass

 

Not interested in dirt trails and camping? No worries. Hope Valley fall colors are easy to see from the pavement. And there’s lots of other great fall scenery in the Sierra, too. Check our fall colors guide for details and some great offers from our local Carson Valley hotels. And see our guide to Sierra winter road closures to learn more about winter routes in the area.

You can also sign up for our email newsletter to stay on top of the seasonal riding conditions in the Sierra and the high desert.

 

Fall color in Hope Valley, Highway 88

Fall color in Hope Valley, from California State Route 88

 

Fall Colors in the Sierra Nevada

Fall colors in the Sierra Nevada are beautiful. Our high-elevation mountain passes already offer some of the best motorcycling in the US. And the quaking aspens and other deciduous trees that thrive in the Sierra deliver spectacular shows of autumn colors.

 

Fall colors on Sonora Pass

Fall colors on Sonora Pass, September 22, 2013

 

Right now (September 24, 2013) it’s still early for fall colors in most of the Sierra. But conditions and the scenery change quickly. Just when the trees begin to change color and then peak is determined mostly by changes in temperature. And temperatures are affected most by elevation. Fortunately, with Sierra passes ranging from about 7,000 feet to nearly 10,000 above sea level, you should be able to find a great autumn show somewhere from late September through the end of October. And looking for those fall colors on a motorcycle ride is one of the best ways to find them.

Some of the best places to see fall colors also just happen to be some of our favorite motorcycle roads. Sonora, Monitor, and Ebbetts passes offer both beautiful groves of aspens and twisty pavement. Of those three passes, Sonora is the highest and so will usually show its colors earliest in the season. All are within an hour’s riding from Carson Valley on great motorcycle roads.

 

Early fall colors motorcycling on Monitor Pass

Early fall motorcycling on Monitor Pass, September 20, 2013

 

The Carson Pass route on Highway 88 has some great autumn scenery, plus beautiful high-elevation lakes such as Caples Lake and Silver Lake. Just after you descend eastbound from the top of Carson Pass you’ll head through a long corridor of aspens and into Hope Valley. This might be one of the best places for fall colors in all of the Sierra. And it is just about a half-hour from Carson Valley.

 

Fall colors and beaver dam, Hope Valley, California

Late fall colors and beaver dam, Hope Valley, California

 

Stay tuned for more pictures and updates about the fall colors in the Sierra Nevada this year. And start planning your own fall colors motorcycle trip. Some of our friends who are members of the Carson Valley Visitors Authority are offering accommodations specials to make it easier for you to ride up and visit.

The Carson Valley Inn is offering several room discounts for fall motorcycle travelers. Through October 27, you can stay Sunday through Thursday in a standard room for $79 per night, a deluxe room for $89 per night, or in the Carson Valley Motor Lodge for $69 per night. Friday, Saturday, and holiday night rates are $95 for a standard room, $105 for a deluxe room, and $85 at the Motor Lodge. Tax is additional and the discount is not available September 27 or 28.

From October 28 through November 14, Sunday through Thursday rates are a standard room for $69 per night, a deluxe room for $79 per night, or in the Motor Lodge for $54 per night. Friday, Saturday, and holiday night rates are $79 for a standard room, $89 for a deluxe room, and $65 at the Motor Lodge. Tax is additional.

To take advantage of the special promotion, call the Carson Valley Inn at (775) 783-6629 and ask for the Fall Moto special.

The Holiday Inn Express is offering a one-night stay in a standard room, plus a certificate for dinner at the Tahoe Ridge Winery, for $135, plus tax. The offer is good through November 24 and is not available September 27 or 28. Call the Holiday Inn Express at (775) 782-7500 and ask for the Fall Colors in the Sierra discount.

If you are heading up from the San Francisco Bay Area, you’ll have a choice of ride routes over several Sierra Passes. Headed up from Southern California, you’ll probably want to ride US 395 along the edge of the Eastern Sierra. Take the slight detour along the June Lake Loop, State Route 158, for some fantastic fall colors along the way.

And remember that fall weather can change quickly in the high country. Check the Caltrans QuickMap for live data from highways around the state.

 

Early fall in the Sierra Nevada

Early fall in the Sierra Nevada