Whether covered in a blanket of snow or bleached white by the Wyoming sun, anyone who has walked the streets of Jackson Hole knows about the antler arches in the town square.

A genius piece of marketing erected in 1950, everyone who visits this Wild West town wants to get their picture taken under the iconic elk antler display. That includes the Gonzalez family of Lafayette.

"My husband and I decided to take a family road trip to Yellowstone and the Tetons," said Autumn Gonzalez. "We didn't make reservations a year in advance like we should have, so there were slim pickings when we made them. From Yellowstone we knew we wanted to go to the Tetons, but we realized that the drive would be more than we wanted in one day. We called the Antler Inn in Jackson Hole and were lucky to get a room there."

The family of four hiked Jenny Lake and in the evening, and the girls enjoyed the Western Show.

"My favorite things about Jackson Hole were the taxidermy animals and animal statues," said 10-year-old Isabella Gonzales, who also liked the cowboy attitude of the town.

Fishing Wyoming's cutthroat trout

Boarding the plane from San Francisco to Jackson Hole, I noticed some strange-sized carry-on baggage. My curiosity got the best of me and I learned that these cases were in fact holding fly rods for the Wyoming-bound fishermen.

Fly fishing on Wyoming's rivers rewards anglers with native cutthroat trout. There's even a Cutt Slam Program, overseen by Wyoming Game and Fish Department, honoring anglers who catch all four native subspecies of trout.


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I'm proud to say that I caught (and released) a Snake River cutthroat trout during my visit to Jackson Fork Ranch. This intimate Wyoming lodge is south of Jackson in the one-bar town of Bondurant, population 100. While specializing in fishing, the ranch breeds bison and Percheron horses and has partnered with Wyoming game officials to keep a nesting pair of trumpeter swans on property, releasing the cygnets back into the wild. The year-round lodge offers gourmet meals and activities from hiking to horseback riding, as well as cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.

Cowboys and horses on Las Vegas Strip

It's not every day that you walk into a Las Vegas hotel casino and see a 10-foot-tall statue of a cowboy on his horse. Then again, Benny Binion isn't your typical cowboy. The legendary casino owner created the World Series of Poker and loved the cowboy life. This bronze statue of horse and rider sits on display next to the equestrian center entrance at South Point Hotel, Casino and Spa in Las Vegas.

Whether you enjoy watching ball oom dancing competitions or rodeo events, South Point Hotel, with its 1,200 climate-controlled horse stalls, is where the action takes place in Nevada. Like many casinos on the strip, South Point is a self-contained entertainment center; with 2,163 hotel rooms, 11 restaurants, a movie theater, bowling center, casino, pool, Spa Costa Del Sur and equestrian center, there's really no need to leave the Las Vegas property.

Former Concord resident and professional bullfighter Joe Baumgartner calls South Point Arena and Equestrian Center his second home.

"It's kind of like 'Cheers,' where even the bartender's know my name," laughs Baumgartner. The Pro Rodeo Hall of Famer has since retired and now calls Red Bluff his home.

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ONLINE RESOURCES
  • Antler Inn: www.townsquareinns.com/antler-inn
  • Jackson Fork Ranch: http://jacksonfork.com/
  • South Point Hotel Casino Spa: www.southpointcasino.com/