Ultimate Desert Adventures on Logandale Trails in Moapa Valley. Two UTVs on orange sand.

5 Desert Adventures to Get Your Motor Runnin’

Many visitors enjoy taking an iconic ride up and down the Las Vegas Strip, but when you want to escape the bright lights and connect with nature, the desert vistas of Southern Nevada are the place to be. From the rugged terrains to expansive vistas, this region offers a playground of adventures for adrenaline junkies and nature enthusiasts alike. 

For those with a need for speed, Southern Nevada offers a playground of motor sports activities that cater to thrill-seekers and adrenaline junkies alike. From off-road racing to high-speed experiences, the desert terrain provides an ideal setting for unleashing the horsepower of your favorite vehicles.

Head out off the highway in an ATV/RZR

Go from neon to nature and soak in the some fresh air adventure with Ultimate Desert Adventures (cover pic). You are a true nature’s child with this self-guided dune buggy rental that will have you racing through the wind. Adrenaline flowing, and views of fiery red mountains, sand dunes, wildlife, and the remnants of cultures from the past await you.  

From zipping through the iconic landscapes of the old west culminating in breathtaking views of the Colorado River, to exploring El Dorado Canyon and the world-famous Techatticup Mine, true to its name Awesome Adventures takes you on a one-of-a-kind ATV/Desert tour of Nelson, NV. Photo, Left & Cover 

Las Vegas Outdoor Adventures operates a few different brands that offer just about anything you could want to check of your outdoor adventure bucket list including out of this world fire-arm shooting, sniper rifle shooting, ATV adventures, Grand Canyon helicopter tour, Grand Canyon glamping, off-road Racing, camel experiences, muscle cars, motorcycle rentals, along with many other amazing adventures. Another highlight is their 1-mile off-road professional dirt track that’s sure to get some air and adrenaline pumping as you put the pedal to the metal in a Pro Race Truck, Pro Dune Buggy, or Razor! Photo, Right.

Awesome Adventures tour of 5 ATV's in the evening heading down a dirt road near Boulder City.
Las Vegas Outdoor Tours off-road experience a racing car is up off the ground as it speeds through the dirt track in the desert on a hazy day.

Race Your Heart Out With a Mini Baja Chase

Sun Buggy Fun Rentals offers several off-road ATV experiences for ages 4-104 and groups of all sizes; from mild to wild and mundane to insane… and we mean insane! This company offers The Vegas Mini Baja Chase, a high-speed and heart-pounding dune buggy chase that has been named “Sin City’s best Near Death Experience” by Rolling Stone Magazine. Get ready to chase one of their expert Dunies through 15,000 acres of high dunes, gravel, hard pack, hills, valleys, washed out creek beds, and trails running in every direction. The only thing that will hold you back is yourself… the Dunie only slows down if he’s waiting for you to catch up! High-speed roller-coaster style driving experience not your thing? Don’t worry – Sun Buggy also offers a variety of milder tours suitable for sightseeing adventures.

A sun buggy dirty after racing through the desert.

Neon to Nature Adventures in the Ultimate Getaway Car

In 2021 Ford brought its famous Bronco back, and now Buck’n Bronco brings adventures to you! Choose from ten 2023 Ford Broncos specially equipped for off-road adventure and available to rent by the day. From cruising down the strip with the top off to off-road adventures just outside Las Vegas, up your vehicle rental game with the luxurious Ford Bronco, ready for adventure. Looking for a guided tour experience? Buck n’ Broncos also offers tours to Lake Mead National Recreation Area where you can explore popular areas such as Calville Bay and Echo Wash. Whether renting, or touring, Buck’n Bronco is sure to be the highlight of your Vegas experience.

Top Adventures Beyond the Neon includes Buck n Broncos where you drive yourself or take a tour.

Conquer the Desert Terrain by Jeep

Explore Nevada’s desert landscape like you’ve never done before – behind the wheels of a Jeep. Jeep tours offer an immersive way to experience the rugged beauty of Southern Nevada. 

Las Vegas Rock Crawlers offers guided Jeep and ATV/UTV tours to Red Rock Canyon and Valley of Fire as well as a few points of interest in nearby Utah. While the tour is guided, you’re the one doing the driving as you scale the rocks and mountains that make up Southern Nevada scenic views. Photo, Left. 

Prefer adventures at your own pace? Soak up the beauty of desert and let the adrenaline kick in with a low profile open aired slingshot rental in Las Vegas and Laughlin from Vegas Jeep Tours. True to its name, you can also rent a Jeep, Ford Bronco, or Can Am Ryker for your journey. Photo, Right. 

Two Las Vegas Rock Crawlers on a cloudy day getting ready to descend down a sand dune.
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Unleash Your Inner Race Car Driver

Those who prefer to stay on the road, but still have a need for speed can get behind the wheel at unique high-speed driving experiences like SpeedVegas in Henderson, Exotics Racing and The Richard Pretty Driving Experience in North Las Vegas. Driving your own vehicle to Vegas? Don’t miss adventures at Las Vegas Motor Speedway with its annual Laps for Charity which allows thrill seekers to drive their own personal car on the 1.5 mile superspeedway behind a pace car at speeds up to 75 mph. Proceeds benefit Speedway Children’s Charities. This year’s event takes place on March 10, but if you can’t make it then, get ready… set… and go mark your calendar for next year’s annual event!

Cars line up to go on the track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway for Speedway Children's Charities Laps for Charity event.

Whether you’re revving up an ATV, conquering rocky trails in a Jeep, or indulging in high-speed motor sports, the desert landscape of Southern Nevada is full of opportunities to get your motor running. And when you’re ready to make your pit stop, there’s plenty of restaurants, hotels and other attractions to explore along the way. Adventures await. Plan your trip now and remember, we all play a part in caring for nature and the places we love. Recreate responsibly. Let’s take care of these gifts.

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