Dig This, Las Vegas
Brought from Colorado to Las Vegas by New Zealand-born founder Ed Mumm, this “heavy equipment playground” puts individuals and groups behind the wheel of Caterpillar earth-moving machines for 90-minute sessions of hydraulic fun. Among the top-rated attractions in Vegas, it’s the ultimate sandbox for kids aged 14 and up. Bulldozer exercises include building huge dirt mounds and pushing gigantic tires, while excavator exercises include digging deep trenches and playing “Bucket Basketball.”
Full-session buyouts are available for groups of five or more and include access to two bulldozers and three excavators. According to Mumm, half of his clients are women. It’s empowering to move earth, you dig?
Pink Jeep Tours, Las Vegas
Founded in Sedona, Ariz., in 1960, Pink Jeep Tours claims honors as the longest-running off-road adventure company in the U.S. Having served the Las Vegas market for a decade, the operator, with its signature pink “Tour Trekker” vehicles, offers a range of exciting off-road and team-building excursions.
“We invite meeting and event attendees to explore the natural side of Las Vegas,” says Tara Schaup, group sales manager at the company. “Seating 10 people, our ultra-comfortable vehicles are custom-designed to provide a more personalized and interactive experience for groups.”
Adventures include cruising the Strip, backcountry rambles and up-close encounters with the Hoover Dam and Grand Canyon. The Drive, Fly, & Float option combines Jeep tours with helicopter rides and rafting.
“We also encourage planners to enhance their group’s experience with our customized, catered picnic lunch,” Schaup says.
Eldorado Mine and Ghost Town Adventure, Searchlight
Founded in 1965, leading global sightseeing operator The Papillon Group offers more than 40 unique excursions via helicopter and other modes in the Las Vegas market. This spring, Papillon is launching a new adventure tour program in Eldorado Canyon, located in Searchlight, Nev.
Departing from Boulder City, helicopters take guests over the Hoover Dam, Black Canyon and the Colorado River to the floor of Eldorado Canyon, where lunch and champagne await. From there, the guided off-road tour explores the legendary Techatticup Gold Mine and the ghost town in Eldorado Canyon. Afterward, guests can select from one adventure activity: horseback or ATV riding, kayaking or off-roading in Baja Jeeps.
A quartet of high-altitude thrill rides await groups at the 1,149-foot Stratosphere Tower, the nation’s tallest freestanding observation structure.
Billed as “Vegas without a net,” the rides include X-Scream, dangling guests 27 feet over the tower’s edge, 866 feet above the ground. Insanity’s 64-foot mechanical arm spins riders at three “G’s” 900 feet in the open air, while it’s four “G’s” of gut-wrenching force as Big Shot fires riders 160 feet in the air at 45 mph. SkyJump, the world’s highest controlled free fall, sends riders plummeting down 108 stories.
You will scream your lungs out, and like Vegas itself, love every impossible moment.