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We're back with another off Strip adventure, but this time to an interesting diamond in the rough that's often overlooked.
Right between Mount Charleston and Death Valley and just north of Pahrump, Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge has plenty to offer both locals and tourists alike. A refuge since 1984 after being considered for many types of uses including a housing development, Ash Meadows is one of Nevada's most unique environments. With many types of plant and animal species that exist nowhere else on earth except in this refuge, it is no wonder this ecosystem is a protected area and we're glad it never became a sea of homes.
Well, that's enough to weed out the boastful from the brave.
When you've been there, done that with Slotzilla in Downtown Vegas, the Rio's VooDoo Zip Line and The Linq's High Roller, there's always the good ol' fashioned thrill of jumping out of an airplane to tick off the bucket list.
As the sign above points out, skydiving is not without its hazards. For the fearless (and the insured), though, it's one amazing way to see the Nevada desert from a whole new perspective. Our 3brothers recently took the plunge and shares their experience below.
There are several skydiving companies near Las Vegas. Vegas Extreme Skydiving had the best online reputation and, therefore, was our selection. The location is hard to find on a GPS so the best way to get there is by calling or grabbing directions from their website. From there, it was pretty simple to get on the I-15 South (from The Strip) and travel about 10 miles down the interstate to Jean, Nev. (exit 12).
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Laughlin: Been there, done that, and will visit again. Mesquite: Been by that and always think "need to stop and do that" after seeing one of those "like Vegas used to be" commercials. But, one road trip from Las Vegas that this writer still hasn't nailed down is that one to Pahrump. Judging by the press releases hitting our inbox this week, Pahrump really wants to remind us it's there. And, it really wants us to know there's more business in Pahrump than the first profession that comes to mind.
Pahrump has golf courses and a winery, both of which other VegasChatter scribes have written about previously. (That's what those links are for, right click 'em.) But, Pahrump has a full court press on to let you to know it has special events, too:
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Will the Rio's delayed VooDoo Zip Line finally open this Friday, May 23?
Signs are hopeful with an inside source telling our friends at Vegas Rover today that this weekend is still a go with either a Friday or a Saturday, May 24 debut. Test riders were spotted flying between the off-Strip resort's hotel towers throughout the weekend. VegasChatter reader Henry M. reports visiting family at the Rio who had a "great view of the loading zone." He tells us single riders were taking multiple trips all Saturday afternoon. Henry snapped the pictures you see at the top of this post as well as just below.
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If you’re coming to Las Vegas for a bachelor party, chances are you’ve already got your evening plans set. Assuming you actually wake up during the daylight hours, what is a group of guys to do? This was the question posed by VegasChatter Twitter follower @sahilsharmauk.
For one, many strip clubs are open 24 hours so that doesn’t necessarily have to be relegated to the evening hours. If you want to get the strip club affect and still get your vitamin D, Sapphire Pool, the new(ish) dayclub of the famous gentlemen’s club, opens for the season May 2.
It is well known Las Vegas has some of the best culinary experiences and wine vaults in the country. But, most wouldn't guess that Nevada's desert is actually producing some a great wine of its own. The Pahrump Valley Winery, just an hour from The Strip, offers a unique experience that will show off just what Nevada is capable of when it comes to winemaking.
After being on this writer's list of places to visit for a long while, an opportunity to drop in en route to Death Valley couldn't be passed up. While this off-Strip adventure isn't a full day trip, if you're heading this way or just want to do something different it is a can't miss.
Not as large as its rivals in Napa Valley, the Pahrump Valley Winery has a different feel, but all the same quality that you will find for much more $$$ on the other side of the state line. The winery is like an oasis in the desert, with sprawling green grass, colorful trees and, of course, rows upon rows of grapevines.
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Vegas might be the international city of construction. Considering there is always either a new hotel under construction, a reshaping of an existing hotel, a hotel planning to add more or just finishing up work on a new toy. So, it shouldn't surprise you to hear that, if you're looking for a spot to act like a kid in a sandbox with real big boy toys, it would be in Vegas.
Recently, this writer had an opportunity to act like a kid and dig, smash, throw, and crush everything in sight in a wonderful adult sandbox. And, boy, did it deliver! Dig This is a one-of-a-kind experience that is yet to find an equal. It delivers a mix of adrenaline, creativity, and pure fun. How you ask? By letting you drive full-size Tonka toys in a dirt-filled theme park for heavy machinery! Dig This offers guests the chance to pilot an excavator or bulldozer while performing almost any task you can think of.
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For those who have always dreamed of cruising down the Strip on a Harley, but live too far away to realistically ride their own, the day has come: The Enterprise Rent-A-Car on Flamingo now has them stocked and waiting for you as part of a new pilot program.
Rates begin at around $150 a day with unlimited miles, and you can choose from a selection of touring bikes that include Road Kings, Ultra Classics and Softtail Classics. (Some are available now, some by year's end.) You'll obviously need a motorcycle license to rent one, but Enterprise will provide free helmets so you don't have to lug them along and so that you'll be in compliance with Nevada law.
This isn't a sight most would expect to see in Vegas. But, don't worry. If you come to Sin City to escape it, it doesn't happen anywhere near The Strip and there's still another few weeks before the "cooler" desert weather really sets in. In order to give you advance warning, though, and an idea of what to do off The Strip in the coming months, here is our favorite winter activity.
Now, it may be a rude awakening that snow exists here. Well, it certainly does at The Las Vegas Ski & Snowboard Resort(LVSSR) which is about an hour northwest of The Strip and has already seen several inches of the white stuff this season. But, honestly, what kind of Canadian would this writer be if I didn't take the time to ensure everyone knows about it? Come on, snow in Vegas, that's crazy, right?
The weather is still toasty in Vegas so the season for getting out on the water is still here for another few weeks. We've been sure to keep you posted on some ways to get wet this summer, like heading out to Lake Mead or joining a rafting tours near Hoover Dam. But, if you're looking to do something on the water that's a little more peaceful, we have just the thing for you.
Kayaking in the Black Canyon is a great way to experience the Colorado River while appreciating the beauty that surrounds you. The Colorado River offers an experience second to none, from the canyon walls that rise above you to the beautiful blue sky overhead.
So, you're looking to get crazy in Vegas. Well, isn't everyone? There's tons of wild stuff to do on The Strip, downtown and at those interesting little spots right off the beaten path. But, if gambling, excessive drinking, club-hopping, or otherwise partying until all hours of the morning isn't quite your style, we might have one for you. Jumping out of a plane without a parachute!
Ok, so we lied a little. Maybe you won't have a parachute, but the guy strapped to you certainly will. It's a thrill that few people take the time to experience, but one that you will remember for the rest of your life. Can you do this outside of Vegas? Of course! But, in a city known for outlandish experiences, why wouldn't you use Vegas as your excuse to let go and do something out of the box!
We've done the the Dam tour many times, but we've never viewed it from the water. Until recently, it just wasn't anything that ever interested this writer. But, a good friend recommended it and I figured I'd give it a shot. Since my previous raft down the Colorado River left me exhausted and bruised, this time I made sure to check out what I was getting myself into beforehand.
This river rafting trip turned out to be significantly different from my last, bone-rattling adventure. It included no paddling and was quite relaxing. It was more of a scenic river cruise by comparison, and was completely child friendly. First off, the 45-minute ride from The Strip to the launch dock was quick and efficient. The rafting itself, which took place in Black Canyon, started off a little slow, but as we approached the Hoover Dam, the views got quite majestic and the raft came alive, both in personality and stability. There were about 25 other adventurers on my raft yet it wasn't crowded and you still felt as if the raft was both safe, but still held that element of danger that makes rafting fun. Our guide was very knowledgeable and was quick to point out wildlife along the way. However, what I most wanted to see was at the end of this journey, the Hoover Dam from its base! And, boy did it deliver.