|by Sean O'Neill||Amusement and Theme Parks||9|
Where some people saw a small dirt field, Ed Mumm saw an innovative thrill ride. Mumm bought Caterpillar hydraulic excavators, track-type bulldozers, and a skid-steer loader, and started charging visitors for a chance to use them. His attraction, called Dig This, is about two miles outside of Steamboat Springs, Colo. It is America's first earthmoving theme park, giving fresh meaning to the phrase "adult playground."
So far, about 90 paying customers have hopped in the giant machines, picked up and tossed a one-ton boulder, dug trenches (which is apparently tougher than it sounds!), and steered around an obstacle course, according to the Wall Street Journal.
It's not just a guy thing. About half the participants are typically women, says the Denver Post. Mumm charges between $250 and $650, depending on the machine you pick and whether you spend a half- or full day aboard it. (The price is sky-high because of the owner's sky-high insurance costs.) 888.344.8447, digthis.info
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