Whinnies of anticipation can often be heard from the stables of Mount Charleston Trail Rides, where well-mannered horses and ponies wait to ferry riders down trails flanked by whistling ponderosa pines, junipers, and aspens. Led by cowboy guides, small groups hop into saddles and embark on scenic explorations of the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest and its surrounding areas. With crisp air that normally averages 30 degrees cooler than the Las Vegas Valley, the foothills and canyons offer a welcome respite from the heat of the desert. When the temperatures dip too low for horseback rides, the ranch keeps its trusty steeds busy with carriage rides, sleigh rides, and a Sadie Hawkins dance with unicorns from the neighboring forest.
Las Vegas Teaser Tours’ namesake excursions set groups loose on the streets of Sin City to explore its iconic sites through a unique lens of interactive tours and scavenger hunts. Each challenge lets participants choose their own adventure as they swing past the Strip's hotels and casinos or more teen-appropriate venues such as shopping malls and arcades, all the while solving puzzles and trivia questions or searching for hidden clues. For groups looking for new ways to party in Vegas beyond playing Scrabble with the hotel valet, Teaser Tours has also designed such jaunts as the Bamboozler tour, a mix between a scavenger hunt and a pub crawl covering Vegas bars that range from newer hot spots to renowned haunts.
When newly minted golf director Orrin Vincent assembled a team of sharp course management minds in 1972, he couldn’t have expected the reach he and his brain trust would one day possess. The enterprise formed that day at a course on the banks of Lake Tahoe now spans the nation, encompassing 41 courses scattered across 15 states, from Florida to Washington. In keeping with the standard set forth 40 years ago, the organization is made up of experts with experience across all aspects of golf course management—from construction and maintenance to design and soundproofing tee boxes. Their signature flare for perfectionism amid naturally dramatic settings can be witnessed at each course in the OB Sports directory, including the Robert Trent Jones Jr.-designed Monarch Beach Golf Links in California, the 36-hole Gamble Ranch in Washington, and the Arnold Palmer-designed Angel Park Golf Club in Las Vegas.
Amilcar "Mica" Cipili, head instructor of Gracie Jiu Jitsu Las Vegas, knows what works for self defense and when placed in a real life fight. Raised in southern Brazil, Mica was already mastering the martial arts of kung fu, capoeira, and judo until he saw a Brazilian jiu-jitsu match that changed his life. Mica became obsessed with the "gentle art," which eschews brute force for more effective strategies of balance, leverage, and debate skills to use mid-grapple. Mica soon perfected the grips, flips, and submissive holds of jiu-jitsu with help from the Machado brothers–progeny of jiu-jitsu pioneer George Gracie. With his new-found fighting savvy, Mica earned a third-degree black belt, a mantle-busting array of over 90 champion titles, and even trained MMA greats such as UFC owner Lorenzo Fertitta. At his Gracie Jiu Jitsu Las Vegas institute, Mica trains fighters of all levels in classes six days a week. In addition to Brazilan jiu-jitsu and judo for adults and kids, the training center features courses in judo, MMA, wrestling, and boxing.
It might come as no surprise that a professional bodybuilder-turned-personal-trainer would name his fitness venture More Pain Please, but Michael Harris doesn't just mean physical pain. He believes that a truly effective fitness regimen addresses the mind as well as the body. To achieve this, he custom molds fitness regimens to an array of body types and lifestyles, always keeping the client's fitness goals in mind. He implements these plans inside the Las Vegas Athletic Club's modern facilities—but if clients prefer a more natural environment, he can also schedule sessions amid the greenery of local parks. Michael Harris is also certified in First Aid and CPR, ensuring he can get clients safely through their workouts.
Yoga instructor Ala didn't settle for completing a 200-hour training program—soon after, she leapt into studying the more mystical arts of theta- and crystal-healing. Her partner Dennis, meanwhile, spent more than a decade honing his skills and expertise as a personal trainer. Though it may seem unlikely, they've found a way to bring these disparate skills together. As the founders of Ignite Your DNA, they specialize in a blend of fitness training and holistic healing. Dennis leads one-on-one and small-group workout sessions, while Ala gently guides her clients through basic yoga poses. Additionally, essential-oil aromatherapy sessions, tarot-card readings, and meditation coaching work to ease troubled minds, including ones who've seen the episode of Frasier where Niles turns evil. In their mission to help clients help themselves, Dennis and Ala are flexible: they can conduct their services at a nearby gym or in the privacy of a client's home.