Where do you go when you want to get away from the stress of daily life? For many ,the answer is Las Vegas, where a new form of entertainment called Dig This is giving ordinary folks the chance to gamble with a whole new kind of adrenaline rush: by operating full-size construction equipment.
Each year, more than 40 million visitors descend upon the adult playground of Las Vegas in pursuit of an exciting experience built to last. Some find it at the gaming tables, others in a theater. But others can now find that experience in the city's dirt.
Colorado resident Ed Mumm is the creator of America's first heavy equipment "playground," called Dig This. Inside his five-acre theme park, adults live out the construction fantasies they acted out as kids. That's how inspiration struck Mumm. In 2004, the former fencing contractor rented an excavator for a do-it-himself project, and quickly realized he'd unearthed a great idea.
Mumm said, "I thought to myself, if I'm having this much fun, imagine the amount of people who don't get the opportunity to do this stuff."
Two bulldozers, three excavators, and a giant obstacle course await participants who'll spend three hours digging trenches, scooping basketballs, and tossing tires. This is a photo from the former Dig This location in Colorado.
As the city of Las Vegas built itself into one of the world's premiere party destinations, construction zones became commonplace as developers raced to create the next big thing. But now, a construction zone is the main attraction. Dig This is the next big thing for the industrial-minded looking for a thrill.