Experience the adrenaline rush of a lifetime with free roller coaster rides on the Desperado

The Desperado roller coaster at Buffalo Bill’s in Primm. By Leila Navidi, Las Vegas Sun.

Adventure seekers are in luck: What could be better than a free ride on one of the most thrilling roller coasters in America?

Located in Primm, Nev., the Desperado at Buffalo Bill’s  is one of the tallest and fastest roller coasters in the country. In celebration of National Roller Coaster Day on Thursday, Aug. 16, visitors can enjoy free rides on this beast. Experience the heart-racing action from 11:15 a.m. to 6:45 p.m.

The infamous Desperado sends guests to extreme heights at an intense speed. And talk about riding in suspense: The Desperado roller coaster slowly takes you up a 209-foot peak. Enjoy the view while you can — once you hit this point, you’ll race through the ride, reaching speeds close to 90 miles per hour.

You’ll love all the twists, turns and other surprises that follow right after it. Desperado offers two minutes and 43 seconds of pure, unadulterated fun. The ride may seem short, but this is something you’ll remember for a lifetime. Open to all visitors, this free offer is exclusive to the Desperado roller coaster.

If you’re a roller coaster junkie, make sure to jump on The Roller Coaster at New York-New York. You’ll get views of the hotel’s replica of the New York Harbor and a 150-foot model of the Statue of Liberty. Aside from sightseeing, you’ll also experience some upside-down fun and a 180-degree heartline spiral.

For those who like living on the edge, X-Scream at the Stratosphere really stops you in your tracks: The coaster stops in mid-air at a 30-degree angle. Just when you feel like you’re going to fly off the track, the car rolls back. We like to call this a teeter-totter for adventurous adults.

Keep in mind the free roller coaster rides only apply to the Desperado. For more information about other thrill rides in town, click here.


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