Tough Mudder Travel Guide: Las Vegas

By Cal Setar | October 31, 2017


Welcome to Tough Mudder Las Vegas 2017, aka Tough Mudder Sin City, aka Tough Mudder Slots, Swimming Pools, And The Strip, aka Tough Mudder This Isn’t Even The Toughest Event We Hosted Here (World’s Toughest Mudder is).

But don’t take that to mean Lake Las Vegas’ going to be anything but tough. The mud might be a bit on the dusty side, but the course is long and the rocks are rough. All those obstacles, all that tough - whether you’re preparing for Tough Mudder or Tough Mudder Half, you’re bound to find one hell of a weekend out on the course.

To help you prep for your jaunt to the City of Lights, we’ve put together a helpful guide on some of the best places to eat, stay, and adventure, good for whether you’re looking for something to keep you loose before race day, or basking in the afterglow of another event well run.

The all-you-can-eat buffet at the Golden Nugget. That’s it. Just kidding (mostly, we won’t judge).

Let’s face it - in a town like Las Vegas, one of your best bets for a healthy food option is definitely going to be sushi. Fortunately, there’s any number of sushi joints all over. Off the strip, Yama Sushi is a local favorite that does all-you-can eat rolls (see? The Golden Nugget isn’t all wrong). At the Palazzo, you’ll find SUSHISAMBA, an innovative restaurant offering sushi, as well as Brazilian and Peruvian options. And Sushi Roku, located in Caesars, offers gluten-free sushi options.

And for a vegan eating option, try Wynn Las Vegas. Every one of their restaurants offers vegan and vegetarian options for the meatless Mudders among us.

This first one works as both Stay and Adventure, so don’t be afraid to double down on this recommendation. The Westin Las Vegas Hotel and Casino actually runs (literally) a program called RunWESTIN, which is, in essence, a handy map for how to get a good run in when you’re trapped inside all the glitz and glamor on the strip. Plus, they’ve got beds and pools and stuff too.

And the Westin Lake Las Vegas Hotel offers all the same amenities, plus a heaping helping of watersports. Weren’t expecting to do some stand-up paddle boarding while lounging around the City of Sin? We were surprised too.

Hilton Lake Las Vegas, like Westin above, will keep you close to course, and offers some of its own built-in adventures. There’s a golf course, hiking trails, and even access to fishing and bike rental.

Beyond that, well - it’s the normal Las Vegas fare. All the hotels along the strip will cost you a pretty penny, while dropping back a street or two will keep your coffers a little more well-stocked. For additional event lodging closer to Tough Mudder Las Vegas, check out these options.

It’s Las Vegas. If you can’t find an adventure or three, you’re just not doing it right. But for those Mudders looking to keep their pulse pumping away from course, here’s a quick handful of things to keep the mud-seeker inside satiated.

While Las Vegas is known for its sinning and insane city life, the city itself is a fairly confined place, and the surrounding desert offers plenty of high- and low-speed adventuring. Arizona Hot Spring is a nice respite from the glitz, and brings the added bonus of some warm water (mind the smell). And Valley of Fire State Park is the oldest and largest in Nevada. Really, outside of the city itself, there’s an absolutely insane amount of natural beauty to be taken advantage of, especially in the greater Lake Mead and Lake Las Vegas area.

Now, for an adventure unique to Vegas itself, why not take a ride with Wild West Horseback Adventure? Breakfast ride, lunch ride, sunset dinner ride - they’ve got trails and treats for every experience level and preference.

Located just below the Hoover Dam, Black Canyon has a plethora of views and experiences for the mudless Mudder. Black Canyon/Willow Beach River Adventures offer raft tours, whether for a small handful of adventure seekers or the whole team, and if you’d rather tool around on your own, you can always get wet with a kayak.

If you’re looking for something a little more on the romantic end of things, Gondola Adventures will provide you a dusk and dinner experience on Lake Las Vegas.

And if you’re committed to seeing as much of Las Vegas and Nevada as possible, and if you’re the kind of Mudder unafraid of really getting up there, Adventure Helicopter Tours Las Vegas will take you here, there, and anywhere you want to go. Just don’t forget your earmuffs.

For gear that covers every need–from the sky, to the water, and even underground, check out Merrell’s new 2017 line.