Zip Lining in Las Vegas
There are so many things to see and do in Vegas it can be a mind field to know what to book to maximise your time in this crazy place. One piece of advice I can give you is to get off the strip. It’s fun, don’t get me wrong, there are loads to see and do there, but once you’ve hit the shops, had a flutter on a roulette table or slot machine, drank an overpriced cocktail or two, it becomes a bit eat, sleep, repeat.
This is where zip lining in Las Vegas should be entering your google search. And I’m not talking about any zip lining, I’m talking about zip lining across canyons, across some of the most amazing landscapes that Nevada has to offer.
Sounds like fun eh? Well, it is. It’s a ruddy amazing day out and something I wouldn’t hesitate to do again if I was in Vegas again.
Our hosts for the day were the amazing Flightlinez Bootleg Canyon. The concept is pretty simple, pick the time you’d like to go zip lining and then book it on their fab website. If you need a pick up from the strip, some of the sessions offer this as part of the package, so it’s super simple. You just hop on the well signposted mini bus at Excalibur’s tour pick up point. If not, you only need to get a ride to their office in Boulder City where their mini bus will take you the rest of the way.
There are three options available. The day time tours, which run 9 am to 2 pm, the sunset tour which is at 5 pm daily and their moonlight tour which is at 8 pm. We chose to take a day time tour, mainly because I was a bit worried about the heat. It was almost 40 degrees in the afternoon in Vegas when we were there. So the earlier the better for us! But they do make sure you keep hydrated by bringing a bucket load of water for their guests and they also provide sun cream (should you forget yours). Although be warned the tub says ‘spicy mayonnaise’. This is a perfect demonstration of the wicked sense of humour of the team there!
On pick up at Excalibur, we were invited on to the mini bus with the others doing the same tour, a lovely group from Canada who had come on holiday to Vegas to celebrate their 60th birthdays. Go those guys. I hope I’m still zip lining in Las Vegas at 60!
Once we reached the office, we had to fill in some forms, check our weights (there’s a strict weight limit for this) and then go into the pre-tour briefing. This is where we were introduced to the team. Our host was called Tugboat and he was hilarious. He obviously took the safety and enjoyment of the guest very seriously, but he loved to tell us stories, jokes and sing us silly songs. He and his entourage kept us amused all day long. I think this was very welcome, especially by some of our tour as they were obviously very nervous, especially on the first zip line.
After the briefing, we got on to what I can only describe as an American school bus and we began our ascent up the mountain. Once we reached our drop off point, we hiked the rest of the way to the first zip line. The scenery was beautiful. Very hot and dusty but absolutely gorgeous. On the way, we papped some selfies.
The tour is made up of four zip lines, one leading to the other. You go down in small groups and the guides also go down. One of our group had some sight problems, so she was accompanied by one of the guides at all times to help her with braking at the end.
I love every single zip line. There were some that were super-fast and you whipped down them as fast as you could. Some were slower and you had to keep yourself as straight and lean as possible to make it to the end. Don’t worry if you don’t – they come and rescue you if you end up a little out from the platform. I was very proud as I made it to the platform each time. I even pointed my toes (that’s the trampoline queen in me!)
The feeling you get as you are racing through the canyons is unbelievable and like no other adrenaline rush. It literally blew me away. Coupled with the great customer care and the slick operation, we couldn’t have asked for a better day out. The whole session lasts about 3 – 4 hours, depending on your group size.
I’d love to go back to Vegas. I’d do the day time one again, but I’d also love to do the sunset and moonlight tour with Flightlinez Bootleg Canyon. Although I may struggle. The time difference between the UK and Nevada meant that I struggled to stay up much past 9 pm most nights. But I did enjoy some amazing sunsets with my 4:30 am wake ups. See I knew booking that early morning zip lining in Las Vegas was a good idea!
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Disclosure: Flightlinez Bootleg Canyon offered us a pair of complimentary tour tickets, but as always my opinions are my own.