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Dig This: Giant Digger Experience

Digging in the desert: Dig This Las Vegas

If you ask us, growing out of childhood ambitions is highly overrated. And while we can’t help you to be a pirate or astronaut, we can make you forget about the Tonka Toys and give you an amazing, grin-inducing experience with full-size bulldozers and excavators. The gateway to this playground is only a short 10-minute drive from the Las Vegas Strip.

This is your chance to turn the fantasy of operating heavy machinery into a fun-filled reality. You’ll have a 1, 2 or 3 hour session in this giant sandpit for adults, and you’ll have just as much fun. As with operating heavy machinery in ‘real life’, you’ll start out with a safety briefing and have to take a breathalyser test, and you’ll go through some standard training on how to play with these yellow beasts. Choose from an air-conditioned (naturally — this is tough work… in a desert) Caterpillar D5G Track-Type Bulldozer and a Caterpillar 3I5CL Hydraulic Excavator on the ‘Big Dig’, or play with both in the ‘Mega Dig’. You’ll just have to don your trendy high-vis vest and hardhat and before you know it — it’s time to ride.

Climb into your chosen earthmover and start your engine. A friendly instructor will guide you through all the basics while you’re in the cab (via nifty headset) and you’ll soon be having endless amounts of fun with a series of incredible activities. It’ll take some getting used to, but pretty soon you’ll be wheeling around Nevada, digging, pushing and dragging heavy stuff around. In the bulldozer, it’s all about building huge mounds, pushing the earth (or gigantic tyres) around and rolling through the yard like you own the place. With the excavator, you’ll be tearing big holes in the earth, digging massive trenches and stacking those 2,000 pound tyres back up after the bulldozers have left them lying around. Sigh. Always leaving this place like a building site…

Want to really test your newfound construction skills? The team here will guide you through a game of ‘Excavator Basketball’ or ‘Bulldozer Teeter-Totter’ just for the fun of it, and at the end of your session, you’ll receive an official certificate of completion and have a photo taken to commemorate your time in the sandbox. You can even pick up a souvenir from the store, you know… if you were really digging your time here (sorry).

Dig This, Las Vegas Highlights:

  • A unique experience in Las Vegas. Practice operating heavy-duty equipment in a life-size sandbox

  • Control a bulldozer, excavator or both and dig trenches, build mounds and move 2,000-pound tyres

  • Enjoy a fun and safe activity with guidance by your instructor via a radio headset

Experience options:

  • 60-minute skid steer track loader experience - from £141

  • 60-minute mini excavator experience - from £158

  • 90-minute excavator experience - from £208

  • 90-minute bulldozer experience - from £208

  • 3-hour excavator and bulldozer experience - from £375

Days of Operation:

  • Operates Thu–Sun only


  • 15-minute orientation and safety briefing

  • All necessary safety equipment

  • 1-hour session in either a bulldozer or excavator (if Big Dig option selected)

  • Two 1-hour sessions in a bulldozer and excavator (if Mega Dig option selected)

  • 1-hour session in a mini excavator or skid steer (based on option selected)

  • Use of 2-way radio headset

  • Certificate of completion


  • Gratuities (optional)

  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off

Additional Information:

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 4 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48-hours, subject to availability

  • All participants are required to sign a waiver

  • Minimum age is 14 years with the consent of a parent or guardian

  • Please wear sturdy, closed-toed shoes

  • Due to the nature of this activity, breathalyser tests will be administered prior to your dig (this is non-refundable if you fail the breathalyser test)

  • Total session durations are inclusive of check-in, orientation, training and traveling between the terminal and site

  • Due to the nature of this activity, this is not recommended for pregnant women or participants with back problems

  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity

  • Location: South Rancho Drive, Las Vegas, Nevada

  • Departure time: 10:00am, 12:00pm or 2:00pm. Exact times will be determined upon re-confirmation with the local operator. Contact details will be provided on your pre-paid voucher

  • Tour duration will vary, depending on the package selected

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Giant Digger Experience

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