What to Do in the Mountain West

Trips in Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Utah, and Wyoming.

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The Mountain West: The Bucket List

Bobsled track at Utah Olympic Park

Feel like an Olympian in Utah’s Olympic Park

Even for those like me, normally the hardiest of skiers, it’s nice to spend a day off the downhill slopes while visiting Park City. I know that time away from the lifts allows me to enjoy other attractions that I cannot find back home. So how about learning a bit about ...
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Canyons Chairlift (Canyons Resort)

Climbing Through Golden Aspens in Park City, Utah

As a New Englander, I’m spoiled for foliage. I have always smugly believed in the superiority of our country roads lined in red maples. Then I saw mile after mile of Utah mountainsides painted in bright yellow aspens; it broadened my view. And it gave me an entirely new perspective on ...
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Red rock hiking Utah

Spa Life Rocks at Red Mountain Resort, Utah

Sipping a Prickly Pear Champagne Cocktail on the patio as the setting sun changes the colors of the surrounding mountains, I wonder why I ever declared myself “NOT a spa person.” Oh yeah…it was the thought of self-consciously traipsing through luxurious surroundings in a resort-issued robe and slippers to be purged ...
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Bronc riding and other rodeo events are the centerpiece of Cheyenne Frontier Days. (photo credit: Katherine Rodeghier c 2013)

Roping in Cowboy Culture at Frontier Days in Cheyenne, Wyoming

The aroma wafts toward my nose from a block away. The familiar sweet smell mixed with a yeasty scent makes my mouth water, and by the time I walk to Depot Square my mind is on only one thing: pancakes. But the crowd gathered in front of the castle-like 19th-century Union ...
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The Mountain West: Travel Facts

Main International Airports: Denver, Colorado; Salt Lake City, Utah; Las Vegas, Nevada
Currency: U.S. dollars
Population: 14,000,000
Capitals: Denver, Colorado; Salt Lake City, Utah; Cheyenne, Wyoming; Helena, Montana; Boise, Idaho; Carson City, Nevada
Climate: Eastern side of Rockies: high plains. Rockies: mountain climate with arctic conditions on high summits (travelers should be aware of summer mountain thunderstorms; snow can block high passes well into summer.) West of Rockies: Great Basin high; climate varies greatly according to elevation.
Languages: English
More facts: U.S. immigration and tourism visas are explained by the U.S. Department of State.
Time zone: Standard time for most of the Southwest is UTC – 7, with some of northern Idaho being in the Pacific time zone (UTC – 8). See World Clock for seasonal adjustments.