Have you ever walked by a big construction site and found yourself wishing you could try out some of the heavy machinery being used? Maybe a bulldozer or a steamroller?
In Las Vegas, you can finally turn those wishes into reality.
Dig This, a truly unique attraction located on S. Rancho Drive, gives you the chance to hop into the driver seat of Caterpillar D5 track-type bulldozers, Caterpillar 315CL hydraulic excavators, and a whole lot more. From there, the surrounding landscape is yours to alter. Dig a hole, fill a hole—whatever suits your fancy.
This unique project started when founder Ed Mumm discovered the joys of using heavy machinery while doing some renovations on his home. He didn’t make much headway, he says, but he had a lot of fun anyway.
“I wasn’t making much progress on the house, but I was having great time,” he told ENR Construction (via Atlas Obscura). “I felt that it was something everyone could enjoy, and there was nothing like it out there.”
Mumm initially set up shop in Steamboat Springs, Colorado but, not long thereafter, brought his unique idea to Las Vegas, spurred on by the favorable weather and the region’s massive tourism industry. The Las Vegas location cost north of a $1M to create, and is now open to the public.
“Steamboat Springs is limited by weather and its remote location, but it gave us a chance to perfect our business model,” Mumm said. “Las Vegas is one of the most visited destinations in the U.S., with up to 40-million visitors and 5,000 conventions a year.”
If you’re interested in checking out Dig This, you can do so on your own or as part of a group. In fact, the park has become a pretty popular choice for parties and team-building exercises. What better way to connect with your boss or staff than by crushing some stuff with a steamroller together?
“In addition to offering individual and kid digs, we offer group digs,” the Dig This website explains. “Gather a group of your closest friends and tear up the world’s first adult sandbox. With Dig This, you can buy out an entire regularly scheduled session. Session buyouts are available for four or more people and include four to ten pieces of equipment. This option is great for friends, coworkers, incentive trips and more! Additionally, we offer the option to custom design a team challenge. We combine the thrill of operating heavy machinery with team building to get tasks done. This unique experience is sure to help build stronger relationships and communication.”
Most digs cost a few hundred dollars, but that cost helps cover the expensive insurance the park requires in order to operate. If business continues to boom, Mumm plans to open new Dig This locations in Tokyo, New York, Atlanta, and Australia.