Desperate for a little more excitement in the Old West, cowboys often traded in their ponies for ATVs and tried to spark interherd turmoil by branding their cows with the symbols of rival sports teams. Rope in some adrenaline with today’s Groupon: for $17, you get an hour-long ATV adventure from Roll Rage in New Braunfels (up to a $34 value).
After 10-15 minutes of in-saddle training, riders leave their rubbery John Hancocks all over the Texan landscape during a 45-minute heart-racing tour across its rocky ridges and tree-lined trails. Up to four ATVs follow the fresh tracks of a guide as they traverse the wide-open backwoods in search of adrenaline wellsprings and starring roles in forthcoming Road Warrior sequels. All skill levels are welcome, as guides acquaint newcomers with their four-wheeled steeds during a preliminary orientation. Before riders jet off into the wilderness, a short training session explains basic driving operations and demonstrates how to dangle a can of motor oil in front of the ATV’s headlights to increase its galloping speed. Riders should dress in proper attire for a long ride in the sun, wearing jeans and tennis shoes or boots to protect from rough shrubbery. Cameras or oil paints may also prove a worthwhile burden, as the ride concludes atop a hill graced with panoramic views of a horizon littered with shadowed rocks and stagecoach robbers.
Set just north of Texas Ski Ranch, Roll Rage’s fleet of four-wheeled all-terrain vehicles kicks up dust along the hilly twists and turns of a trailhead flanked by wild grasses, trees, and cacti. The company's throttle-twisting tour guides train and acquaint each patron with the general controls of the four-wheeler, before groups set off into the sunshine. Though riders of all experience levels are welcome to traverse the bumpy thoroughfares sprawling out from Roll Rage, the bushwhacking trail is designed to be adrenaline packed with fast twists and turns that get the heart pounding and upper body working. The four-wheeling staff can also accommodate groups of up to 20 or more on 30-minute journeys that supply entertainment at corporate outings and manual dexterity tests at clone military school.