Vegas Off Road Experience's wilderness-worthy Roughrider trucks harness the rage of a six-cylinder Ford engine and encase drivers and passengers in stable cockpit conditions cradled by 24-inch tuned suspension. On-staff instructors provide handling instruction and a warning against feeding the engine Mountain Dew after dinner, so that participants can harness the vehicle's maximum potential during short-track and desert-challenge excursions. Visitors maneuver the resilient metal monsters across natural desert jumps and mountain passes, or take to the professional-grade closed course to launch off of 40-foot tabletop jumps and around sharp turns. The on-staff instructors have competed in the Mint 400 race and pass on their speedy prowess through a racing-training program. Whether exploring their truck's off-road capabilities or hunting down tumbleweeds that cut them off during a desert romp, drivers are always equipped with safety gear, GPS, and radio communication.
Roaring ATVs charge up Southwest Desert sand dunes in a storm of golden particles. Miles away, intrepid explorers rappel down the sheer cliffs of the Valley of Fire. Elsewhere, kayakers drift across the placid surface of Lake Mead in the sunset, and passengers inside a helicopter witness the majesty of the Grand Canyon from the breathtaking angle normally reserved for sightseeing birds. These seemingly disparate adventures have one thing in common: the people who imagined them. Each trek was dreamed up by the founders and guides of Awesome Adventures, who see the landscape of Nevada and Utah not as harsh and wild, but as a source of endless entertainment and education. The enthusiastic staffers—who specialize in recreations ranging from rock climbing to whitewater rafting—encourage visitors and locals alike to step outside the bounds of the city and explore exciting new vistas.
Eschewing traditional race rules and methods, Dirty Dashers must overcome a slew of mud-slicked obstacles, including mucky climbing hills, crawling pipes, slip 'n slides, and bear hugs from Pigpen. Organizers encourage runners to sign up with friends to foster a fun-loving environment, and along the way, racers fuel up at optional beer- or root-beer-chugging stations. Further demonstrating its commitment to outdoor high jinks, each event's registration fees, donations, water-balloon sales, and shoe donations benefit local charities, such as NM[X]—an arts and athletics youth organization—and the Seattle-based Redeeming Soles charity, which dispenses gently used footwear to those in need.
Aztec Aviation Services coasted to a landing in 2006 under the guidance of its founders, Brian and Stephen Bilé. Together, the duo injects their decades of experience into the company, focusing especially on flight training and aircraft maintenance. Under their guidance, aspiring pilots earn their wings during the company’s educational programs, teaching fundamental techniques such as taking off and parallel parking in tight spaces. When not soaring through the skies, the Bilés provide a full range of maintenance services, including aircraft modifications, detailing, and authorized installations of skydive jump doors.
Named Best Brewpub of 2010 by LocalEats, Boulder Dam Brewing Company surrenders up flights, pints, and growlers of its delicious brews to awaiting mouths. The brewery magic begins with six samples of the pub's dam-inspired brews, such as the High Scaler IPA, a bold beverage packed with cascade hops, and the Aggregate Amber, a smooth, copper-colored ale whose bubbles contain immaculately preserved prehistoric fossils. The Powder Monkey Pilsner, named after the dam's explosive-packers, boasts a refreshing, malty flavor. Once the sampling is completed, choose your favorites for two more pint-size preparations. This cavalcade of brews can be enjoyed with selections from the pub's tasty menu (not included in today’s Groupon).