Las Vegas Theme Park - Run Bulldozers and Excavators in Dig This

  • 01 of 06

    Tired of Gambling in Vegas? Play on Bulldozers and Diggers in an Adult Sandbox

    Play with a bulldozer or excavator in an adult sandbox at Dig This Las Vegas.
    ••• Play with a bulldozer or excavator in an adult sandbox at Dig This Las Vegas. Dig This

    Kids play with toy bulldozers and excavators in a sandbox. At Dig This, in Las Vegas, Nevada, adults get to spend a half- or a full-day using real bulldozers and excavators building roads, digging ditches and moving rocks, in the only heavy equipment arena in the United States.

    I must admit that I felt powerful driving a CAT 312 excavator and moving one-ton rocks. Playing in this gigantic sandbox we were creating our own carnival rides. My chance to play in this adult theme park came in Steamboat, CO – the original home of Dig This. (Since the original publication of this article that Dig This location has closed.)

    Since then, Dig This has moved to Las Vegas, which seems better suited for the audience it is looking to attract. Want to bet your friends who can build a road or dig a deep hole faster? Read on to see how easy it is to learn to drive these machines (in a controlled environment) and just how much fun you can have doing it.

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  • 02 of 06

    You Play With Bulldozers and Excavators in a Kid's Sandbox First At Dig This

    Learn first in a kid's sandbox
    ••• Learn to drive bulldozers and excavators in a Dig This sandbox. Photo courtesy of Ed Mumm

    The owner of Dig This, New Zealander Ed Mumm, starts off by showing you how the bulldozer and excavator will act using toys in a tiny sandbox. This gives you the opportunity to understand the fundamentals of how the equipment works before ever stepping foot on the machine. After this quick introduction, you're taken outside to the climb onto the real equipment for a safety and training briefing before the real fun begins. 

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  • 03 of 06

    Guys Really Get High Learning to Build Roads With a Bulldozer

    Balancing a bulldozer on a snow at Dig This in Steamboat, Colorado
    ••• Balancing a bulldozer on a snow at Dig This in Steamboat, Colorado. Photo courtesy of Ed Mumm

    Guys love this experience. I could picture the grin on my husband's face as Dick drove a CAT D5G bulldozer in the distance, teetering atop a pile of dirt he built, before sliding down the far side. After he sent this picture to several of his friends, they all asked where they could play with heavy equipment, too. A day at Dig This definitely makes a great present for the big kid in your life. You know, the one who still dreams of working on a construction site, moving tons of rock and dirt each day. 

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  • 04 of 06

    In Dig This Territory You Can Move Massive Amounts of Dirt and Snow Around

    Driving bulldozers at Dig This in Steamboat Colorado
    ••• Driving bulldozers at Dig This in Steamboat, Colorado. Photo courtesy of Ed Mumm

    At Dig This, which is open year-round, you can choose between learning to drive a bulldozer, an excavator or a ski steer loader. Whatever the weather, you can learn to build a road, your own private landing strip or just about anything else you can dream up. The point is to give visitors an opportunity to not only drive this massive equipment, but learn about how each piece of machinery works and the role it plays on the construction site too. 

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  • 05 of 06

    A Puny Female Finds Moving One-ton Rocks With an Excavator Empowering.

    Your guide digging a trench with an excavator
    ••• Your guide digging a trench with an excavator. Photo courtesy of Ed Mumm

    I loved it. Had you asked me a week before if handling the heavy equipment one sees while passing road-building projects on highways would be fun I would have said: "Huh?" But, twirling the cab around in 360s and picking up one-ton rocks and moving them at Dig This was totally entertaining. Think for a minute how it feels to move heavy stones around your yard to create a rock garden. Then, imagine doing the very same thing on a much grander scale, while using a machine to accomplish all of the hard work. 

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  • 06 of 06

    The Details -- So You Can Play at Dig This, a Heavy Equipment Arena

    Learning to drive an excavator at Dig This
    ••• Learning to drive an excavator at Dig This, a heavy equipment play arena in Steamboat, Colorado. Photo courtesy of Ed Mumm

    When you need a break from from Las Vegas glitz,visit Dig This or call 888-DIG-THIS.

    Playtime here isn't cheap, but it's so much fun. A half-day learning to handle the bulldozer or excavator is $400. The fee includes orientation and safety instruction and 2-3 hours of operating time. Excavate and Exfoliate packages include time at Dig This, two hotel nights and a spa treatment. Dig This offers Corporate Team Buildings programs, too.