The 32nd Annual Laughlin River Run is being held April 23rd through the 27th, 2014.
According to this years statistics, this is the largest motorcycle event on the west coast. Laughlin is located 100 miles outside of Las Vegas, across the Colorado River from Bullhead City, Arizona, and down the street from San Bernadino County and Needles, California. Historic US Route 66 is a must do at this rally, riding the hills from Kingman to Oatman, AZ, also known as Jackass Junction, where wild burros roam the streets side by side with the bikes.
Oatman, Arizona is incredible and one of the coolest wild west ghost towns you can see. Calling it a ghost town is not exactly accurate however, as it is still fully functioning and hosts tens of thousands of visitors each year. There are wild west comedy gun fighter shows during the river run, unlimited jack-asses walking around, bars, food, and many, many souvenir vendors with River Run and Oatman merch. You can see the old Oatman Hotel where Clark Cable had his honeymoon or simply head out and explore the old gold mines in the area. This is right on old Route 66 and the rides are incredible but be sure to follow the (slow) posted speed limit signs once you turn onto Boundary Cone road because there will be cops on the way to Oatman.
The Laughlin River Run hosts big names in entertainment and the typical events of big rallies. In my eyes this is a must-do for anybody who rides but has not yet had an opportunity to ride a larger rally. At night the strip is lined with people drinking and watching bikes cruise. During the day there are tons of vendors so if you have money and need parts, this is a good place to buy them. Most vendors offer rally specials and knock a few bucks off their products. Vance and Hines, Freedom Performance and Kuryakyn are just a few of the big vendors that will do installs right there on the spot under the big top tents.
The Laughlin River Run, like most big rallies these days, is a MC Club Colors free event and the cops and casinos do enforce this and while this is very unfortunate, it is to be expected. However, it is one big party from Wednesday to Sunday. The River Run website offer package deals, which is good because the normally super cheap nightly rates in Laughlin go through the roof during the rally.