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"OutWest Vacation" Please help

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1. Posted by chelisek123 (First Time Poster 1 posts) 5y Star this if you like it!

Our family of about 12 (all adults-2 small kids) are looking to go "Out West". we are looking for something that includes:

water (lake/streams), pool
horseback riding
kids activities
some shopping if possible
as nice as possible and/or luxury accomodations

We are thinking fall...but being able to be outdoors, possibly swim, certainly fish is important.

SO, what area should we focus on ?

I know nothing about Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Nevada, or any other place other than having flown over them.

Please help me narrow this down


2. Posted by Peter (Admin 6257 posts) 5y Star this if you like it!

I'm by no means hugely travelled in those parts, but if you're heading there it's hard to go past the Grand Canyon in my opinion! I'm sure you can find places to do most of these activities nearby. You can ride the mules down into the canyon for example. I'm not sure how much you want to move around or how much time you have, but you can also drive down to Sedona for more beautiful scenery and to enjoy the quaint little town.

I'm sure there's many more things nearby and in the other states you mentioned, but I'm familiar with the Grand Canyon and Sedona and would definitely recommend it!

3. Posted by Dodger (Inactive 873 posts) 5y Star this if you like it!

Lake Tahoe might fit the bill. Although the lake water there anytime of the year is damn cold.

Shouldn't someone move this thread to N America?

4. Posted by Peter (Admin 6257 posts) 5y Star this if you like it!

Quoting Dodger

Shouldn't someone move this thread to N America?

Yeah, fair point - done!

5. Posted by Calcruzer (Travel Guru 2003 posts) 5y Star this if you like it!

I guess the major question I'd ask is whether you would like to visit multiple spots during this trip, or if by going "out west", you mean you want the "dude ranch" experience, similar to the City Slickers movie.

There are dude ranches in Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, Texas, South Dakota, Nevada, Arizona, and California (and probably other states also), but I'd recommend ones near Jackson Hole, Wyoming, or near Deadwood, South Dakota.

If you want to hang out in a national park for the whole time, consider Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado--or else go north to Banff in Canada.

If you want a trip with lots of different western scenery, I'd try a trip that includes the red rocks of Sedona, the rapids and majesty of the Grand Canyon, the hikes and trails of Moab and the fishing and camping of either Colorado (near Silverton or Steamboat Springs) or northern Utah (Trial Lake east of Park City). For shopping in these areas, it's Jackson Hole or Las Vegas or Santa Fe (all have great restaurants, too).

Lastly, if you want deluxe accommodations where you can do some of this, pick spots such as: a fancy resort hotel in Las Vegas, followed by any upscale spot in Sedona, followed by a night in Flagstaff (to see the Grand Canyon), then a night at the Lake Powell Resort (near Page), then a night at the Goulding's Lodge (Monument Valley), then a night in Moab, then a night at a upscale resort in Aspen or Vail, then cut south and spend a night or two in Santa Fe.