As I always say, there is plenty of things to do in Las Vegas besides being on the infamous Strip. You can get into the great outdoors and do more than just partying, drinking, or gambling. I am sure you may have even heard or tried out the zip lines on Fremont Street, I know I have in the past. This time I got the opportunity to go zip lining over some beautiful mountains.
Located about 30 minutes off the strip Flightlinez Bootleg Canyon is located in Boulder City. We had a car to get there, but if you don’t have one during your stay no worries! They have a meeting point on the Las Vegas Strip. The ride has of course many beautiful mountains around and is not too far from the Hoover Dam if you want to check that out before or after.
There are 3 different tours, daytime, sunset, and moonlight. I would imagine sunset would be gorgeous. I did the daytime tour. I figured it would be really hot and the earlier the better. The daytime tour is from 9am-2pm. We went out around 10am. Some of the folks in the group had a later time. Due to potential high winds they moved their group up from 1pm to 10am since they were going to cancel that time frame.
Flightlinez is very big on safety. Upon arrival you are weighed and sign waivers. They are very strict on weight. You can’t weigh any less than 75 pounds and no more than 250, and yes that is with your clothes and shoes on. They also give a quick class on how it all works. You get to basically sit down while zip-lining in your harness. The guides demonstrate how it all works, and how you are to use the breaking system as they wave flags. It is a little confusing at first, but you get it once you do it. There is also a video where they explain everything,
Unless you want to bring your own water there is no need. They provide plenty of ice-cold water for everyone. There are free lockers on sight to leave your belongings. You can also take your phone or camera. There is a zipped pouch on the back of the harness. No selfie sticks though! I had a Go-Pro strapped to me. These can also be rented out by Flightlinez. A photographer will also be there so you can buy photos after.
It is important to wear comfortable clothing and sneakers. There is some hiking involved and some walking up stairs. Also keep in mind the sun and put some suntan lotion on! Sunglasses are also highly recommended. I wore what I would wear to the gym and my sunglasses.
There are 4 lines to zip and it typically takes about 2 1/2 hours for the entire tour. You are taken from the Flightlinez offices up to the mountain in a camo school bus. The guides are pretty cool and have routine of jokes and singing they do. Going up the mountain in the bus is an adventure in itself. I won’t give it away, you have to experience it for yourself.
Due to the winds and not listening completely to the guides, a few people got stuck and didn’t make it to the end of a couple of the lines. No problem as the guides went out there and brought them back in. Nothing looked scary, you just sit till they come get you. If you listen and watch for the waving flags everything will go great. I was actually on one of the slowest lines and made it completely across with no issues.
The views are amazing. Mountains everywhere, views of Lake Mead, and the Las Vegas Strip. You may even see some animals like a big horned sheep. There are great views everywhere you look. Sometimes I forgot to look around as I was zip lining because I was anticipating the guides waving their flags telling me if and when I needed to brake.
It was a lot of fun and I enjoyed me time. The people who were on the tour with me were super nice and I enjoyed talking to them. Some of them had never zip lined before and really liked it. I would go again, but I would try the sunset tour. I think it would be beautiful photos during the golden hour. If you are ever in the Las Vegas area I would highly recommend this activity.
Have you ever been zip-lining? What about in Las Vegas?
Disclaimer: Although being a guest of Flightlinez Bootleg Canyon, all opinions and thoughts are my own and have not been influenced.