The Dig This Story
Thanks for your interest in Dig This®, The World’s Heavy Equipment Playground.
Dig This was founded in Colorado in 2006 by New Zealander Ed Mumm. Ed pioneered the “super-sized sandbox” concept providing the opportunity for the general public to command the controls of heavy equipment in a safe, fun and supervised environment.
Dig This’ inspiration came to Ed while he was operating heavy equipment to build his home in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. After having fun clearing trees and scrub oak, constructing a road, building a pond, and digging foundations, he realized the potential for a business opportunity and the concept for Dig This was formed.
Dig This opened in Steamboat Springs on a wintery day in December 2007. People flocked to northwest Colorado from around the world specifically to dig, trench, push, and pile dirt at Dig This. During the three years Dig This called Steamboat Springs home, Ed and his crew helped fulfill many a life-long dream transforming doctors, teachers, stay-at-home Moms, pyrotechnic engineers, and media professionals, just to name a few, into heavy equipment operators for a day.
From the beginning, Ed always envisioned bringing his heavy metal yellow toys to Las Vegas, Nevada. Operations in Steamboat Springs wrapped up in fall 2010 to focus on the launch in Las Vegas. Fast-forward six months to a fabulous Las Vegas location, an incredible team of employees, two bulldozers, three excavators, and you have Dig This Las Vegas.
Dig This Las Vegas welcomed its first two customers (two women) in early May 2011. Dig This continues to introduce the latest in recreational and corporate entertainment to visitors and Las Vegas locals allowing non-industry folks the opportunity to experience the thrill and rush of playing with colossal hydraulic excavators and bulldozers.
Dig This entertained thousands of people at it’s first Las Vegas location on S. Rancho Drive next to the I-15 for close to eight years. Operations wrapped up on S. Rancho on January 26, 2019 and Dig This moved south to a new location with expanded activities, shaded spectator areas, and additional heavy equipment offerings.
Dig This opened for business at it’s new location, 800 W. Roban Ave., on February 1, 2019. A spacious 6000 square foot industrial-style building houses offices, reception, classroom, and retail operations; a fourth full-size excavator and four 1.4 ton excavators (all brand new) joined the existing fleet; two shaded, photo-friendly spectator areas were incorporated; and Kids Digs, for the wee ones as young as three, along with construction-themed kids birthday parties were introduced, now making Dig This truly an adventure activity for the entire family.
Dig This is open daily, providing Kids Digs, Mini Experience, Big Dig, Mega Dig, Aggression Session, and Group Dig activities. All sessions start with an equipment and safety orientation, before participants get behind the controls in climate-controlled, radio monitored cabs and maneuver equipment in individual work areas. Special event, group, and corporate programming is also available.
Minimum age operating requirements are as follows; participants as young as three years (w/ adult assistance) can operate the 1.4 ton excavators and those at least 6 years/more than 48” tall can operate the 1.4 ton excavators solo; as young as 8 years of age can operate skid steer track loaders and six ton excavators; twelve years of age and older can operate full-size excavators; and fourteen years and older can tackle the bull dozers and the Aggression Session.
Dig This holds the #1 position in TripAdvisor’s Fun & Games in Las Vegas category, has been a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence winner since 2012, and qualified for TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence Hall of Fame designation in 2018 and 2019.
Dig This is an international brand with Dig This Invercargill, located at Transport World, opening in October 2017. Dig This Invercargill is New Zealand’s first heavy equipment playground.
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Grab your hard hat & safety vest, ‘cause Dig This guarantees 20 tons of fun!