It always makes me laugh that people are so surprised that there’s life in Las Vegas off the Strip — let alone a world of adventure sports and outdoor activities. The reason I think this is so funny is because Vegas is literally in the middle of the desert. If you drive in from LA, you see nothing but dirt for a good portion of the trip. Flying in? As you can see here, from my private jet experience, brown for as far as you can see — until the city pops up just as you’re about to land. From my office window, I can see the line where the city stops and nothingness begins. The guys who thought to build an entertainment wonderland in the middle of such barren land were geniuses!
So what do we do with all of this land in modern-day Las Vegas?
Adventure sports, of course!
Us Las Vegas folk love us some tourists. We know our place, and that place is a tourism town. So don’t think for one second that we assume you’ll know how to get from the glitzy Strip out to the dirt all by yourselves. We make it easy! Companies such as Galavantier will plan the whole thing for you.
To get a taste, my friends Kristen, Terissa, Alex and Emily, and I played tourist for a day. Maybe us locals get the short end of the deal — when we met at Mandalay Bay for our day of adventure, this was our sweet ride!
After the 20-30 minute ride out to Boulder City, where everything from zip-lining in the mountains to today’s Vegas off-roading takes place, we all piled out with zero expectation. VORE (Vegas Off Road Experience) would have met any expectation I had — and more.
What followed blew my mind.
For us amateurs, VORE has built a track, so you’re not flying through the desert on unknown territory. The whole thing is very safe. Every vehicle is set up with a radio, and you’re in constant contact with Mission Control over where everyone else is. Once you get suited up and climb (literally climb, as the doors are bolted shut), you’re off!
But wait, you say… Abby, you’re the worst driver ever. Why do you seem so excited about Vegas off roading?
Because I didn’t drive! I entrusted my friend Craig, who writes an awesome music blog in his spare time, to drive me. I don’t need to feel the power of the ignition or whatever… I want to go fast! I want to be airborne!
Until I saw the track and the trucks, I had no idea what I was in for. But after a few practice rounds, we were ready to go. Some of the jumps were awesome! As long as you gun it as straight as you possibly can, getting airborne is easy!
It was honestly one of the most fun experiences I’d had in awhile.
I was a guest of Galavantier, 24/7 Limousines and VORE Vegas off roading, but all opinions are my own. Interested in having your own adventure sports day in Vegas? Galavantier is currently running a Summerlove Sweepstakes where fans can unlock and win prize packs for “Liking” Galavantier on Facebook. One of the prizes is a VORE experience for four.