If you have ever driven to Las Vegas, or north on the 15 leaving California, you'll have seen the Desperado Roller Coaster on the side of the road right as you enter Nevada. I've driving by it countless time going to and from Las Vegas and finally I stopped to give it a try.
I was very skeptical at how good of a roller coaster it could be. I mean come on, some sketchy roller coaster in the middle of nowhere? To ride once cost $8 but you can buy an all day pass for $30. I have no idea why you'd want to stay all day at Buffalo Bill's Hotel and Casino in the middle of nowhere but hey, to each his own.
The great part right off the bat was there was no line. I was able to ride in the best part of the train which is the seat farthest in the back. This makes the drop more intense. Only downfall is if someone in front of you pukes. Yep, it's getting all over you.
Anyways, the ascent is pretty easy. You go up really high, but it's the first drop that is intense! I would have to equate it to the first drop on Goliath at Six Flags Magic Mountain, but maybe just a little more intense. After the drop the rest of the ride is just a blur. You are still trying to comprehend that you just free fell 225 feet straight down at 80mph at some rinky dink casino roller coaster in the middle of the Nevada desert and lived, that you seem to forget that the rest of the ride actually hurts until you get off the coaster and feel the pain.
A bit rickety and bumpy and if you aren't holding on in the right places you could smash your face on the seat in front of you but it's all in a day's fun. I would highly recommend riding the Desperado Roller Coaster if you can. Once is good enough and I recommend riding it on the way home from a long Vegas trip. It make the long car ride home more enjoyable. Trust me!
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Ron Toomer of Arrow Dynamics designed the Desperado, a record-breaking roller coaster that was the tallest and fastest in the world when it opened in 1994. Located at Buffalo Bill's Resort and Casino at the Stateline between California and Nevada, the roller coaster has become an area landmark that is visible for miles. Despite the odd location, Desperado attracts plenty of attention from the thousands of passing motorists traveling to and from Las Vegas. Standing 209-feet tall, Desperado features an unforgettable 225-foot drop into a dark, enclosed tunnel. The coaster's thirty passenger trains then rocket along more than a mile of steel track at speeds of up to 80 mph!