Not only is it a phenomenal idea for your family to enjoy one-of-a-kind adventures in the great outdoors together, you’re teaching them that not everything good comes from a computer screen. These days busy parents tend to leave their kids (from preteen to young adults), spending hours alone in front of monitors or on iPads. Whatever happened to good old fresh air and fun interaction? And, let’s throw in a learning curve as well – nature, wildlife, and even fun facts about legendary places they can add to their bucket list, and yours. A Las Vegas ATV desert tour can change their lives, and change your mind about what’s really important – if only for a day!
What is it about the Las Vegas valley that tugs at the imagination? I think it’s a lot about the spirit of adventure. But, certainly there’s more to a visitor’s agenda than hitting the slot machines, especially if you have family in tow. If that get’s in the way of your thirst for hitting a jackpot, there are gaming opportunities just about everyplace you might stop along the way; from gas stations to grocery stores, not to mention restaurant bars. But, why make that the predominant theme of a vacation that could otherwise go down in your family’s tales of best vacation trips ever!
Wild West Fun
Whether you choose a single-rider or side-by-side (for 2), you’re in for an exciting ride. Though they might look dangerous or dare-devilish, the thing is, the safety features on these desert vehicles are built for the terrain. The ride is comfortable, and allows you all the freedom of movement you need. They are the best way by far to experience the dunes, humps, cliffs, ridges and mines of the Mojave Desert. Vegas Off Road Tours exclusively uses Artic Cat and Polaris ATVs, giving you the best performance and stability for your desert adventure.
Imagine starting your tour at the legendary Pioneer Saloon, built in 1913 when the town of Goodsprings was bustling with miners. Only a half hour from the Vegas airport, it is a world apart from the hustle of the Strip. Among its several claims to fame, it is the spot where Clark Gable waited for the news of Carole Lombard’s plane crash in the nearby Potosi mountains. The saloon is brimming with local color, and it’s a perfect place to relax with backyard grilled burgers and cold drinks after your excursion.
Finding Las Vegas
Ever heard of the Old Spanish Trail? Weaving their way through six states, and over twelve hundred miles, Spaniards led by Antonio Armijo in 1829 were determined to trade wool in California. Several well known towns along the route were discovered; the trail essentially was responsible for the start up of towns including Las Vegas, Santa Fe, Monticello, Moab, Green River, and more.
Each day required the replenishment of water supplies, both for the men and their animals, causing the group to circumvent desolate areas such as Death Valley while they followed rivers and streams. Without the Old Spanish Trail, the now-sprawling town of Las Vegas would certainly never have sprouted in the middle of a desert, far from sought after coastal cities and mountain getaways.
Life in the Desert?
The Mojave is not just a monstrous expanse of sand and cactus – there is a surprising number of plants and animals which call it home, and thrive within its reaches. From numerous colorful reptiles to wild horses and burros (that’s right, they still roam here freely), the desert surrounding Las Vegas is a testament to the question, “Is there life beyond the neon?”
A wealth of desert-hearty plants, shrubs and trees are part of the natural conservancy of desert life. For instance, the fan palm only grows where there is water, produces its own fruit, and its leaves were utilized for centuries by Native Americans for waterproofing their homes. The creosote bush can live for thousands of years and can treat specific illness, as well as providing sealing wax. Many wildflowers also have medicinal properties, which brings to mind the oft-repeated phrase from Ecclesiastes, “For every thing there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven.”
Getting off-road in Las Vegas, there’s certainly a wealth of ground to cover, and plenty of legendary characters to learn about (once you’ve shaken off the glitz created to pull in gamblers and their money from around the world). Taking a day’s trek through the desert with a locally owned Vegas ATV touring company will certainly change your attitude, and maybe your outlook.