Las Vegas is full of adventures. Of course everyone is familiar with the endeavors of partying and gambling, which Las Vegas is known for, but there are also many adventures that lie outside of the world of nightclubs, bars, and world class entertainment. Las Vegas is the perfect city for those seeking an adrenaline rush and a story that will make friends say “You did what?”.
You can find thrills right on the strip such as jumping off the top of The Stratosphere or zip lining between the two buildings of the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino. There are also plenty of opportunities for an adrenaline rush in downtown Vegas with the Slotzilla Zip Line which offers the ability to go down Fremont street on a zip line while laying down on your stomach like you’re flying in the air, or sitting if you’re too scared for the first option. If heights aren’t your thing, you can rent an exotic car such as a Lamborghini or Ferrari and take it for a spin along the strip. There are also the rides and roller coasters offered all along the strip in places like the Circus Circus Adventure Dome and New York New York. You can even hang off the edge of the tallest building in Las Vegas with the rides on top of the Stratosphere. These thrills are popular among Vegas tourists and provide the perfect adventure if you’re looking for a quick thrill along the strip, but if you’re looking for an adventure that’s more unique and offers the opportunity to spend the day among the rugged terrain of Southern Nevada, there are plenty of thrills for you.
The natural landscape of the Southern Nevada desert provides the perfect place for adventure seekers. The surrounding terrain of the rocks, valleys, lakes, and canyons are striking scenery for anyone looking for a true outdoor adventure. There’s something for everyone and many different ways to explore the desert. Some of our favorite outdoor adventures are listed below.
Machine Gun Shooting Adventure
Shoot a variety of machine guns and sniper rifles at a private outdoor military bunker style range. Your shooting adventure will even include a walk along the Hoover Dam Bridge and lunch. There’s no feeling freer than shooting a gun in the open desert.
Sky diving is the ultimate adrenaline rush and not for the faint of heart. It’s something many people talk about, but few actually get the chance to do. Why not cross this one off your bucket list on your next trip to Las Vegas? Fall through the air going up to 140 miles per hour as you enjoy views of Hoover Dam, The Las Vegas Strip, Valley of Fire, Red Rock Canyon, Mount Charleston, and more.
Dune Buggy or Razor Tour
Experience and learn about Lake Mead National Park and the Colorado River while zooming around in a dune buggy or razor. You’ll have a guided tour for three hours and the opportunity to swim through the Colorado River at the halfway point of the tour.
Zip Line Down Bootleg Canyon
Sure, you can zip line at many locations within Las Vegas city limits, but if you’re looking for a real thrill there’s nothing like zip lining over the depths of Bootleg Canyon. You can zip line alongside a friend, and even hold hands along the way if you get too scared.
Blow Up A Car
Are you one of those people who likes to make things explode? Do you think of yourself as a slight pyromaniac? If so, this one is for you. Make the explosion happen and watch a car blow up right in front of you in the desert.
Scenic ATV Ride
If exploring the desert by foot isn’t your thing, hop on an ATV and explore the wilderness of Nevada and Arizona in true rugged style. You’ll learn facts and get to see the beauty of the desert in addition to lakes and rivers.
River Rafting Through Black Canyon
The Colorado River is beautiful and really is a must see when visiting Las Vegas. You can spend three hours cruising down the river on a raft with a tour guide pointing out the best sights. The ride is smooth and provides a more laid back adventure for those wanting to take in the scenery without too much of an adrenaline rush.
Grand Canyon Helicopter Tour
Take the opportunity to travel in luxurious style to one of the most iconic natural landscapes in America. The helicopter is specifically designed with 180 degrees of unblocked panoramic views and front facing seats. You will travel over the Hoover Dam, Lake Mead, Colorado River, and Black Canyon all on your way to the Grand Canyon. The helicopter will descend 1,500 feet below the rim as you fly over the Colorado River and travel approximately 10 miles exploring the beauty and wonder of the cathedral buttresses and pillars of the Grand Canyon. You will even have the option to land at the bottom of the Grand Canyon for a champagne toast and picnic lunch. This can be the ultimate adventure of a life time.
Doors Off Helicopter Tour
This one is for true adventure seekers only, fly through the Grand Canyon in a helicopter without doors specifically designed for sightseeing and the experience of a life time. This provides you with the best panoramic views and the true feeling of flight as the wind blows through your hair looking out upon the canyon with nothing in between you and the nature around you. You will fly above Joshua Tree National Park, Grand Wash Cliffs, and an abandoned copper mine from the 1800s before arriving at the Grand Canyon. Enjoy the stunning scenery and soar up close into one of the “Seven Natural Wonders of the World”.