Since I do almost all of the planing for our vacations and our Las Vegas trip happened to fall during Jesse’s birthday week, I wanted to surprise Jay and Jesse with something new and exciting. After some deliberation, I decided that ziplining over canyons would be pretty awesome. I went with Bootleg Canyon Flightlinez and I wasn’t disappointed!
Located in Boulder City, Nevada (about 30 minutes outside of Vegas), Flightlinez offers zipline tours over the Mojave Desert, down the Red Mountains. There are 4 ziplines (one is almost 1/2 a mile long and another goes up to 60 mph/96 kph) and the tour takes about 3 hours from start to finish.
After a quick safety lesson we headed up the mountains in a van. We then took a 15 minute hike to the top of the first run. Don’t worry, they provide water and lots of assistance if you need it. I was a little worried about a hike in the heat with my asthma (3800 feet above sea level), but I was fine. The staff were super understanding and even offered to carry me haha. We got suited up and then spent some time enjoying the amazing views!
As I stepped on to the platform to get clipped in I was a bit nervous (the first line has a 400 foot drop). I also understand why they insist on tennis shoes; you would definitely lose a flip flop on this line. In fact, if you look closely, you will see that Jay starts the activity with a hat and is not wearing one at the end. Luckily this was our only ziplining casualty!
Here we go!
As nervous as I was, once I got going it was a blast! We got amazing views, an adrenaline rush, and completed a bucket list item! Actually, the scariest part was when I didn’t quite make it to the end of one line (I guess I’m just that light haha). Dangling over a canyon when you have nothing to do but wait and let your mind wander is a dangerous activity! Luckily, the staff at BC Flightlinez were quick to come assist and pull me in!
I would highly recommend Bootleg Canyon Flightlinez and so would most people according to their page on Tripadvisor! Even though this activity is fairly expensive (be sure to look for a coupon before you book) I would say it was worth the money! Even better: a pick up from the strip is included in your ticket, making this activity accessible to any traveler!