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Need some fresh air? Want to get in touch with nature? Zion National Park is the perfect place for you. But if you're looking for solitude, it would be best to head to the Kolob Canyons section of Zion.
With a separate entrance right off I-15, at least you won't get lost on the 3.5 hour drive from Vegas. Kolob Canyons is about 40 miles north of Zion Canyon which is the lesser visited area of the park. It's so sparsely visited that there are signs at trailheads to watch out for mountains lions, which kind of freaked out us a little. Not a gonna lie, it freaked us out a LOT.
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Vegas trips generally don’t require much in the way of transportation. Once you get from the airport to your hotel, you’re pretty much set. I’ve spent entire Vegas weekends confined to a single resort property without feeling like we were missing out on anything. And, with so many hotels packed together along The Strip, it’s easy to explore on foot if you are so inclined. When your vacation calls for more than casinos have to offer, however, a rental car is the way to go and Vegas is just about the best place in the country to get one.
There are several places in Las Vegas where a visitor can go to shoot handguns, rifles and machine guns, just for the fun of it! Shooting is a exciting way to turn money into noise, that will leave you with your heart beating rapidly and your face smiling broadly.
But, what if you'd like to be trained in firearms to a higher level of skill? What if you're looking for an adventure activity to do on your vacation? Or, perhaps, you just want a longer break from the casino to shoot some cool guns? Did you know that there is a world class firearms training center outside of Las Vegas?
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When I first chose Mr. Pappagiorgio as my VegasChatter alter ego, I didn't expect it to be the Superman to my Clark Kent. But, after suiting up to test my superhero prowess via the newest Jetpack America Experience, I can say that -- while I'm no Iron Man -- Aquaman should start quaking in his wake.
For those that missed the intro last month, Jetpack America has added Pahrump to its Newport Beach and San Diego locations that offer the power of flight by strapping on hydro-powered jetpacks.
So let's get it out of the way upfront. Newport Beach, San Diego and... Pahrump? Yep. Turns out the owner of Jetpack America also owns Spring Mountain Motorsports Ranch where an eight-acre freshwater lake was built to accommodate wanna-be waterheroes. So, basically, the same guy that built an extreme racing facility in his backyard added another toy to his playground. And, unlike most of the racing experiences which require a country club-like membership, Jetpack America Flight Experiences are open to the public.
There's a new thrill in Pahrump guaranteed to get your blood flowing. It's an experience over the hump you'll be itching to tell your buddies back home about, but one you won't be tempted to hide from your significant other.
Jetpack America, which calls itself the most experienced jetpack rental operator in the world, is now at Spring Mountain Motorsports Ranch offering thrill-seekers the chance to fly, hover, walk and dive underwater with the help of hydro-powered jetpacks.
There’s something new on the rise, quite literally. The Rise Lantern Festival hits the Mojave Desert Saturday, October 18. According to organizers, “Rise Festival is a celebration of the life, joys, dreams, hopes, and blessing of each participant. Those are all unique, but something we all share is a love for the planet.”
Participants will gather to light lanterns for one or all of those reasons and will then release them into the night sky. If you’re wondering what this means for the hopes and dreams of the environment, officials say the event has a “leave no trace” policy and that a 500-person cleanup crew will ensure every biodegradable lantern is retrieved. They’ll also pick up any additional trash they find while on cleanup duty. Organizers are also purchasing “carbon offsets for every vehicle we use in the setup and cleanup of the festival” and encouraging participants to do the same.
Ever wonder what the west was like before the fancy rooms, massive casinos, celeb restaurants, and elaborate pools? The Lost City Museum in Overton, Nevada provides an opportunity to see how people lived here long before the cities of today.
Only about 15 minutes from the Valley of Fire, the Lost City Museum (formerly known as the Boulder Dam Park Museum) has some really interesting artifacts and exhibits from the early inhabitants of Nevada. Mostly focusing on early Native Americans such as the Anasazi, there is a collection of pottery and tools as well as other insights into how they lived. If you're a history buff, or just want to learn about this unique culture, these exhibits are truly one of a kind.
Calling all adventure junkies! We have found a challenge for you. An off road challenge that might be the most dirt turnin', tire spinnin', shock absorbin' off-Strip adventure we have come across thus far. These trucks are no average everyday street 4x4... no, they are fully equipped $160,000 Baja racing trucks. They are fast, mean and pack one helluva punch!
How better to experience Vegas than by tearing up a small piece of it? Well that's exactly what you're in for with VORE (Vegas Off Road Experience). They will accommodate as much tearing around as you can cram into their variety of sessions, with two-hour packages all the way up to a full three-day experience.
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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.