Push the Limit: Nevada’s Extreme Sports

06 Aug 2014

Nevada's stunning untamed landscape is home to some of America's most extreme sports, making the Silver State a haven for adrenaline junkies. From mountain biking around Lake Tahoe, land sailing on the Misfits Flat, to white water kayaking in the Truckee River, Nevada has something to get even the most extreme athlete's pulse racing.

Land Sailing on the Misfit Flat

Nevada is famous for many things, but perhaps one of its unique, yet lesser known aspects is land sailing. The arid lakebeds and dry mud terrains lends itself to being one of the best land sailing destinations in the US. The wide open deserts provide the perfect location for this extreme sport, with winds sometimes reaching up to 80km per hour. Some of the Silver State terrain used primarily for land sailing includes Misfits Flat, just south of Stagecoach, Smith Creek Valley Dry Lake southwest of Austin, and Diamond Valley northeast of Eureka. Land sailing, also known as sand or land yachting has recently become a very popular racing sport. The Invanpah Dry Lake on the Nevada border was the spot where Richard Jenkins set the world land speed record for a wind-powered vehicle (126.2 mph) on March 26th, 2009 in his yacht Greenbird. Omega Land Sailing offer 1 day land sailing tours from $298 per person - www.omegalandsailing.com

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Ride Dune Buggies on the Amargosa Sand Dunes

Home to the largest dunes in North America, exceeding 500 ft. in height, the Amargosa Dunes offer a thrilling dune buggy ride for the ultimate thrill seekers. Quite aptly, Amargosa translates to 'big dune'. Filled with large bowls between each of the dunes, dune buggy riders can dip into these steep craters at huge speeds and then rocket up the other side onto the next. Activity Bookers offer dune buggy tours which start from $149 per person - www.activitybookers.com

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Mountain Biking Around Lake Tahoe

South Lake Tahoe is home to diverse scenic mountain bike trails, which can accommodate various skill levels. Those less experienced riders can start with the 6.5 mile Powerlines Trail, which weaves through the forest, connecting with other trails such as Corral, Cedar and Cold Creek Trail. Alternatively, the Flume Trail is considered a Lake Tahoe classic, with incredible views of the South Shore of Lake Tahoe, as the trail brings mountain bikers as far as 2000 ft above the lake. Saxon Creek (also known as Mr. Toad's Wild Ride) gives advanced riders a satisfyingly long, plunging descent through a towering forest with rocky, challenging terrain on the upper sections giving way to smooth, fast, banked turns on the lower sections. Saxon Creek drops downhill at a rate of nearly 1,500 ft in less than six miles. Tahoe Adventure Company offer day tours starting from $95 per person with a 4 person minimum - www.tahoeadventurecompany.com

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White Water Kayaking on the Truckee River

The Truckee River in Reno offers various levels of rapids for white water kayaking. Kayakers can start their tour in the city of Reno, which is then contrasted by breathtaking scenery along the banks of the Truckee River. Alternatively visitors can enjoy a kayaking clinic where experts teach them some impressive tricks to look like a pro on the rapids. The Truckee River is the only outlet of Lake Tahoe and drains part of the Sierra Nevada, emptying into Pyramid Lake in the Great Basin. Sierra Adventures offer white water kayaking tours on the Truckee River in Reno; packages start from $89 - www.wildsierra.com

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