Adventure Travel Company Rolls Dice on Ultimate Las Vegas Experience
The aptly named Las Vegas Outdoor Adventures (LVOA)—once just a rest-stop gas station and restaurant on the side of the highway—has transformed itself into a Vegas thrill-seekers playground, rife with unique package deals, all of which have a decidedly James Bond–esque feel to them. (After all, Connery’s Bond did have a blast on the old Vegas strip in Diamonds Are Forever.)
Here are a few of LVOA’s best options for breaking out of the casino:
‘Doors Off’ Grand Canyon Helicopter Tour – This adventure is not for those with a fear of heights. LVOA will strap you into a luxury chopper equipped with all forward-facing seats and never close the doors—because this particular chopper doesn’t come with any. Your pilot will take you over the Hoover Dam, the Mike O’Callaghan-Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge, and Black Canyon, then descend below the rim of the Grand Canyon. Prices start at $379. For more info, click here.
‘Desert Storm’ Target Practice – Anyone who has driven by car into Vegas, remembers roadside billboards galore shilling shooting ranges. Why not do it among friends (and professionals) at a range that looks like it’s stripped from a G.I. Joe cartoon? LVOA will drive customers into the Mojave Desert to its private “Desert Storm” facility, which has six military-like bunkers and an arsenal of weapons, including the Barrett .50 caliber sniper rifle; and the Browning BMG .50 caliber (a.k.a. “The Deuce”), the world’s largest machine gun. Prices start at $199. For more info, click here.
‘Rides and Rifles’ Motorcycle/Shooting Package: Cue the Sons of Anarchy theme song. This motorcycle adventure begins at the Harley-Davidson store minutes away from the Vegas strip. Customers get to pick out their choice of hog for the day, and then drive themselves (with a group and guide, of course) to sites like the Hoover Dam and Grand Canyon. There’s also a stop at a shooting range near Boulder City, Nevada, to add a little anarchy to your outing. Prices start at $249. For more info, click here.
Blazing a Trail to the Mighty Colorado: If the thought of a 22-mile hike through the desert sounds too daunting, the LVOA is offering an exclusive guided tour along the El Dorado Jeep Trail that’s only a little less intimidating. Choices of power-packed all-terrain vehicles include ATVs, Polaris Razor 1000s, dune buggies, and more. On the way, travelers get to stop at the mouth of an actual goldmine (the one pictured above), learn about its history, and peer down the eerie shaft. The guide will even bring the group to the edge of the mighty Colorado for a refreshing dip. Prices begin at $199. For more info, click here.
Getting in Touch With Your Inner-Monster: We here at RealClearLife enjoy a good supercar from time to time. But what about an all-terrain vehicle that could crush said automobile under its enormous wheels? LVOA’s “Monster Truck Mayhem” experience involves an adrenaline-pumping ride in the Guinness World Record longest monster truck, the Sin City Hustler. For those wondering, it’s a whopping 32-feet long. But passengers won’t be sipping bubbly in the back with their friends; more likely, they will be trying to steady their iPads long enough to show off to all their friends on Facebook.
The footage will be something like this.
—Will Levith for RealClearLife
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