8 Only-in-Vegas Outdoor Activities

| June 9, 2015 | Lifestyle

As temperatures rise in Vegas, reacquaint yourself with nature with these unforgettable outdoor activities.


Flightlinez’s zip-lines will send you soaring over more than a mile and a half of breathtaking desert terrain.

Auto Racing

The Las Vegas Motor Speedway’s Dream Racing program puts you in control of exotic sports cars whose speeds top 200 miles per hour. The spectacular selection includes models from Porsche, McLaren, Mercedes-Benz, and Audi— not to mention state-of-the-art Ferrari and Lamborghini racecars—that can be booked for up to 40 laps around the speedway’s course. 7000 N. Las Vegas Blvd., 702-599-5199

Balloon Ride

Las Vegas Balloon Rides makes it possible to see Sin City from an entirely new perspective—hovering over the valley at 4,000 feet, to be exact. Ninety-minute hot-air balloon flights lift off every morning and include a full sit-down breakfast and Champagne, meaning you’ll receive five-star treatment the entire time you’re floating over Red Rock Canyon and the Spring Mountains. 9310 W. Tropicana Ave., 702-248-7609

Four-Wheeling

Get up close and personal with Nevada’s oldest and largest state park from an open-air two-or four-door Jeep. The hook? You’ll be in the driver’s seat—or, for those who’d rather relinquish control, sitting beside one of the Rock Crawlers’ seasoned guides. The Valley of Fire tour blazes through 150 million-year-old sandstone formations and dunes and a canyon marked by prehistoric rock writings. 4610 Arville St., 702-376-6214

Horse Riding

Cowboy Trail Rides’ Way Out West Ride departs from a Red Rock Canyon base camp and continues along a narrow passage flanked by Joshua trees, cacti, and other wildlife emblematic of the American Southwest. You’ll break for lunch for roughly an hour—just enough time to soak in the views that stretch all the way from central Las Vegas and Lake Mead to the Grand Canyon’s West Rim. 702-387-2457

Kayaking

Evolution Expeditions’ seven-hour kayaking excursion introduces you to some of the Hoover Dam’s most eye-catching natural and man-made sights. Cruising down the Colorado River from the base of the dam, you’ll paddle through the smooth waters of Black Canyon and explore caves, geothermal spring pools, and pre-dam irrigation and construction sites left over from the 1920s and ’30s. 10300 W. Charleston Blvd., 702-259-5292

Mountain Biking

Escape Adventures offers high-octane mountain biking tours that will have you either clutching your handlebar or raising your arms in ecstasy. The ride through Red Rock’s Cottonwood Valley features a medley of steep climbs, rip-roaring descents, and switchbacks, culminating in a scenic jaunt through the valley’s much-loved 3-Mile Smile. 10575 Discovery Dr., 702-596-2953

Stand-Up Paddleboarding

Dip your toes in Lake Las Vegas with one of Paddle to the Core’s classes, which combine beginner-friendly stand-up paddleboarding moves with yoga, Pilates, and meditation basics. The workout is equivalent to a personal training session. 101 Montelago Blvd., 702-567-2187

Zip-Lining

Enjoy spectacular aerial views of the Mojave on Flightlinez’s zip-line course, which crisscrosses roughly 8,000 feet of terrain in historic Bootleg Canyon. You’ll have close encounters with desert flora and fauna and unmatched mountaintop panoramas as you careen down the course’s four massive lines at more than 60 miles per hour. 1644 Nevada Hwy., 702-293-6885



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