There are many destinations both inside and outside of the West Region for naturist adventures. The Western Region of AANR includes Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming, as well as the western half of Mexico along an imaginary line. We are lucky in the Western Region, but are not limited to: Landed Clubs (soon to be called Destination Clubs); Non-Landed or Travel Clubs (soon to be called Event Clubs); Clothing-optional Beaches; Hot Springs; and, even an opportunity to Swim Free on a boat in Hawaii. The Western Region is also composed of a variety of geographic areas ranging from mountains, to the ocean and on to the high desert. You can pick the climate you enjoy by picking the location or season. In most cases all you will need is some sunscreen and a towel.
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What To Expect When Traveling To Nude Destinations
A club or destination resort which owns land on which they may or may not have club houses, swimming pools, or other amenities which members and guests enjoy without clothes. Outdated terms from the 1940's to describe landed clubs were "nudist camp" or "nudist colony." You will find it best to not use these archaic terms as nudists deem them offensive. Quite often these clubs do not require membership for your first few visits or if you are simply passing through. It does help if you have membership in the American Association for Nude Recreation. Most landed clubs provide either rental accommodations such as park models or motel rooms, or camping services on the grounds. There are generally activities such as pickle ball, tennis, horseshoes, hiking, water volleyball, dances and karaoke to mention just a few. Each club has its own set of rules and culture. If you are interested in going to a destination club, you are encouraged to read their website so that you have some idea of what to expect when you arrive.
This term refers to clubs or organizations that do not own property on which they gather. Members of non-landed (otherwise known as “travel”) clubs often meet for special events, such as a camping trip, volleyball tournament, or beach outing, or may gather at members’ homes to enjoy each other’s company. Just as is the case with Landed Clubs, Non-Landed Clubs promote the social aspects of family-oriented nude or clothing-optional activities. Non-Landed clubs are open to new members; however, the process of joining is a bit different as compared to Landed Clubs. Many events are held at members’ homes, so you should not expect to be able to simply show up for an event, unless of course another member of the club brings you as a guest. In most cases you will need to contact the club and meet with a member prior to attending an event. Again, membership in the American Association for Nude Recreation is highly recommended.
There are a lot of hot springs in the Western Region. Most are located on public lands; however, there are several hot springs that are privately owned, some of which are clothing-optional throughout the grounds and/or in select areas. For information on hot springs you might find excellent information contained in: Hot Springs and Hot Pools of the Southwest Paperback – March 15, 2015, by Marjorie Gersh-Young and Karin Burroughs. As a cautionary note you should review the location to determine if your vehicle can access the out-of-the-way places before venturing off road. You should also be cognizant of all the personal safety issues when traveling to any of the hot springs located on public lands. Finally, hot springs are a part of the ever changing geology of the West. We strong urge that you do not use older versions of Marjorie’s book, as geology is always changing; thus, what may have been a good hot spring several years ago, may no longer exist today or worse yet may even be dangerous. Bring plenty of water with you when you travel to any hot spring.
All clothing-optional beaches are located on public lands. This means that adherence to the enforcement of local laws can change without notice. What is allowed one day, may not be allowed on another day. This is not meant to scare you off of going to a clothing-optional beach, but to warn you to check on the current culture and rules. These beaches are often in out-of-the-way places. You should expect to hike into the area. For example, the information for Stinson Beach notes: “The trail access is steep so be prepared with good shoes. This remote beach is part of Mount Tamalpais State Park, but there are no facilities so bring what you'll need for the day.” The best means by which to locate clothing optional beaches is to do an internet search.
Nudist cruises take place on many cruise lines to many destinations, though most tend to focus on warm weather climates. All of them are booked as full-ship charters, meaning that a third-party operator -- a company like Bare Necessities or Castaways Travel -- will buy out the whole ship and sell cabins to clients interested in cruising in the buff. A simple Internet search will get you to the cruises that best fit your budget and needs. On warm-weather cruises, loungewear and beachwear are suitable both onboard and off the ship. Pack T-shirts, tank tops and other clothes that are easy to mix and match. In cooler weather, passengers will wear hiking pants, jeans and some loungewear. Luxury ships tend to be a little more formal (i.e. smart casual during the day). On expedition ships, rugged wear is more acceptable. In general, be mindful of any shore excursions and any country-specific dress codes when packing. For example, you might need clothes that cover your shoulders and knees to visit a mosque, or a hat, durable shoes and socks for a rainforest hike. There are also elaborate costume nights with different themes during the cruises that allow you to be partially dressed. In general, allow about one year in advance to book, as they are very popular and sell out quickly after they get announced.