I suddenly had my birthday off, with nothing to do, when I got (surprisingly) invited on a last minute off-roading tour in the Vegas desert.
Yes, Vegas usually brings forth images of bright lights, buzzing and binging of casino slot machines, and open orgies with Scarface-esque, free flowing piles of blow. But I hate to tell you, that isn’t true (at least most of it). Vegas is an oasis surrounded by hundreds and possibly thousands of old desert trails you can still use as long as you have a high-clearance, 4-wheel drive vehicle. Which my friend does. And he also used to do desert tours for tourists, so damn skippy I jumped at the chance to ride around with him on my birthday!
And of course take some photos.
Just outside of the city limits you start seeing dirt paths up into the hills. Take any of these unmarked paths and you are in for a treat. My birthday treat was some amazing views and a few hours trip out to the Pioneer Saloon – a famous bar built in 1913, and which taking main, paved roads is only a 20 minute drive from Vegas (but what fun would that trip be?)
Off-roading in Vegas is awesome. You can feel so far away from the bustle and tourist hell of the city, yet still be so close (as long as you know where you are going, because you can’t rely on cell service or GPS out there). But that adds to the adventure. Just bring water. and good walking shoes. And a jacket. Just in case.
Adventure Las Vegas!
About Dani Blanchette
I am a freelance travel and music photographer and creator of GoingNomadic.com.
I love music, food, and exploring cities without guidebooks. I’ve flown a helicopter, hitchhiked down the east coast USA, and once snuck into the back of a zoo (in Serbia) and pet a lion.
I am always up for an adventure, and sometimes I videotape them.