Buffalo Bill's Hotel & Casino
Are you ready for one of the best rides of your life? If you're a roller coaster enthusiast then you certainly are.
Between Los Angeles and Las Vegas, just off Interstate 15, there stands one of the best attractions in the world at Buffalo Bills Hotel & Casino. It's hard to miss, since the yellow steel structure can be seen for miles rising from the desert floor at the location called Stateline.
For some, Stateline is the first chance to drop a quarter into a slot machine, but for thrill ride fanatics, it's home to Desperado, one of the tallest, fastest, longest steel roller casters in the United States.
Designed and custom built by Arrow Dynamics of Utah, Desperado is a dramatic contrast to the surrounding landscape. Combining the latest roller coaster technology and design techniques, Arrow built a ride that broke nearly every roller coaster record, which is exactly what Primm Valley Resorts wanted to accomplish with this attraction. The resort owners weren't looking for an average roller coaster. Instead, they wanted to give motorists passing on the nearby Interstate a reason to stop before driving on to Sin City.
Type of Coaster
Height: 209 feet
Max drop: 225 feet
Descent angle: 60°
G-force: 4 G's
Top speed: 80 mph
Length: 5,843 feet
155-foot Spiral Second Drop, Tunnel
2 minutes, 43 seconds
Number Of Trains:
3 - 30 passenger
Buffalo Bill's Hotel and Casino
Debutting as the tallest, fastest, steepest and longest steel coaster in the world, Desperado fell into a new category of roller coasters called Hypercoasters.
A hypercoaster is a steel roller coaster designed with large drops for speed and plenty of airtime and no inversions. A Hypercoaster generally begisn with a first drop in excess of 200 feet, which is then followed by a series of drops, hills and maybe a high-speed turn or two.
Desperado begins inside of the casino as it begins the trip up the 209-foot tall lift hill. Peaking high above the adjacent hotel tower, the first drop is incredibly steep as it plunges down 225-feet to then pass through a dark, underground tunnel.
Guests arriving at Buffalo Bill's Hotel and Casino will get a front row view of Desperado as the trains pass through the porte corchere at speeds of nearly 70 mph. It's a definite must see!
After the memorable first drop, Desperado begins the second, a 155 foot tall spiral drop that propels the trains to speeds in excess of 70 mph! Riders will feel the G-forces as the train screams by the parking lot below.
If you've survived so far, it's save to say you'll survive the rest. Averaging about 60 miles per hour, Desperado begins to fly up and over a series of camelbacks delivering incredible airtime. You'll either hang on tight or go with the flow as ride the wave of negative G-forces, up and down, over and over again.
After the series of camelbacks the track begins to head for home making its way around the resort. After a mid-course brake check, the train picks up speed and flies towards the big drop on the Adventure Canyon Log Flume attraction. Avoiding the log ride, the track curves around the themed mountain and dives into a tunnel to begin a high-speed, upward helix inside the mountain.
With one final small dip and a decent headchopper effect, Desperado finally comes to an end. Approaching the station, it's now time to catch your breath as you've just survived the Desperado. Yes, you can now claim you've ridden one of the tallest, fastest, longest steel roller coasters in the world.
As the brakes tighten, bringing the train to a stop, its time get get off, but before you do, why not consider another ride. Are you ready to ride the Desperado again? We're sure you won't pass up the chance.
Photos by Eric Gieszl. Copyright © 1998 Ultimate Rollercoaster.
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