June 18, 2012 - 4.0
The round trip on the trip meter was 350 miles (563km) with 14 miles (45km) of corrugated gravel and rock that nearly dislocated my shoulders and ruined my wife’s lower back for several days. We left Vegas and head south past Boulder City over well paved road, Hwy 93, had us howling along for the next 48 miles through cool spectacular Mohave Desert scenery under a clear blue sky. Turning east at Pierce Ferry Road, the road quality drop considerably as we arrived at the Hualapia Indian settlement of Dolan Springs. The housing and area looked poor with few services compared with the decadent opulence of Vegas. Thirty miles from the highway a right turn takes you onto the gravel section, passing the Diamond Bar Ranch, a tourist ranch that provides accommodation, chopper flights and cold beer and gives this road its name. Back on the black stuff the road changes name to Buck and Doe Road and the journey ends shortly after at the Grand Canyon West Airport. As this is Indian land you have to pass a security check point to park here, alcohol and firearms are prohibited. These roads are patrolled by tribal police so take care with speed and don’t take your guns to town.
We decided on the quick tour in the chopper was in order due to the hour wait and the necessity of having the bike back at the Vegas dealership by 5.00pm. The circuit of this section of the Canyon was well worth the nearly $170 each and I would do the whole thing again in a heartbeat. After clearing the quarry that served as part of the road we stopped briefly at Dolan Springs to fill the peanut tank. It was all stops out for a rapid charge back up the highway before hitting the afternoon traffic around Boulder City