What is a Dune Buggy?

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Off-roading appeals to nature lovers and thrill seekers. Getting off roadways and traveling through deserts, woods, and other untamed areas gives you a chance to have an authentic adventure away from crowds of people and everyday experiences.

Two people posing with a RZR from Awesome Adventures.

What is a dune buggy?

Sometimes called beach buggies, dune buggies are recreational off-road vehicles. Dune buggy design hallmarks include wide tires and wide wheelbases. 

Wide tires are one of their distinguishing features. Wide tires grip more surface area, a fantastic feature when off-roading if you’re driving on uneven ground. Wide tires are an essential safety feature because they make it easier to control the vehicle while braking and turning corners at higher speeds. The wider wheelbase also prevents loss of control during sharp turns. 

Dune buggies at Awesome Adventures

At Awesome Adventures, our dune tours feature Polaris RZRs or Rangers. These dune buggies deliver exceptional Las Vegas adventure tours, allowing locals and visitors to get off the beaten path and explore Vegas dunes. 

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Choosing a dune buggy vs. an ATV

You may want to experience a dune ride and explore the desert near Vegas but don’t know much about off-road vehicles. Maybe you’re an experienced off-roader, but your experience is limited to ATVs. 

How do dune buggies compare to ATVs, and how do you know which vehicle to choose for your Vegas off-road adventure? Let’s explore some of the differences.

Dune buggies are larger than ATVs

ATVs hold a driver; some ATVs also have room for one passenger. Most dune buggies have one or two side-by-side seats, giving them room to carry up to four people.

Awesome Adventures uses Polaris RZRs and Rangers. RZRs can hold four people. Rangers are wider, holding up to six people.

Dune buggies have roll cages

Dune buggies and ATVs allow you to feel the wind on your face while riding. Dune buggies have an extra safety feature because they have roll cages. The metal bars buffer passengers from the ground if the vehicle rolls.

Dune buggies deliver a smoother ride

Dune buggies have sophisticated suspension systems. These suspension systems and the elevated seating offer drivers and passengers a smoother ride, making dune buggies an excellent option for first-time off-roaders.

History of dune buggies

The first steam-powered vehicle appeared in the 1700s, but it was in the late 1800s that inventors introduced the first gas-powered vehicle. Since then, motor vehicles have spread in popularity and become an essential part of everyday life around the globe.

Dune buggies are relatively new, first appearing in the later half of the 20th century. Bruce Meyers launched the Meyers Manx dune buggy in the ’60s to provide an off-road vehicle perfect for beach terrain. Due to the success and popularity of Meyers’ designs, the dune buggy soon carved out a place as one of the most popular off-roading vehicles in America.

Dune buggy tours in Las Vegas

A row of four RZRs from Awesome Adventures.

Planning your Las Vegas off-road tours doesn’t just involve choosing between dune buggies and ATVs. Awesome Adventures offers multiple dune buggy and ATV tours near Las Vegas, giving you plenty of terrain options, such as Eldorado Canyon and Old West tours, to shape your Las Vegas four-wheeler adventure.

Eldorado Canyon tours

Your Eldorado Canyon tour experience begins the moment we pick you up from your hotel. You’ll get a guided tour of Eldorado Canyon, with sightseeing opportunities and chances to capture photos. We provide the water and gear; you can choose a package with or without lunch. You can even plan an evening excursion for your Eldorado Canyon dune buggy tour.

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Old West tours

Old West tours in Eldorado Canyon offer the perfect chance to explore nature and see some historic sites. Your guided tour includes essentials such as water, lunch, and equipment; plus, you’ll get a tour of an 1861 gold mine! 

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