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Southwest Events and Destinations for January


From the Sundance Film Festival to a Cowboy Poetry Gathering, there is something for everyone in the Southwest during January.

1. Native Arts Festival - Litchfield Park, Arizona

The Native American Arts Festival features more than 100 award-winning artists and showcases both traditional and modern Native American Art. Jewelry, pottery, basketry, weaving, kachinas, painting, beadwork and more will be available for viewing. The cultures and traditions of the Native Southwest are a major part of this festival, with authentic foods, artist demonstrations, musical performances, and traditional dancing.

2. Sundance Film Festival - Park City, Utah

The Sundance Film Festival is known for showcasing the best that America has to offer in indpendent film. Films are shown and events are planned for Park City and Salt Lake City. Our article helps you find tickets and plan your stay in the area.

3. Take the Train for a Winter Trip to the Grand Canyon

A ride on the Grand Canyon Railway is a fun and environmentally friendly way to visit the Grand Canyon – No wait at the gate, no driving and parking problems and, when you are tired after a long day, you'll ride in style, enjoy live music and savor snacks and drinks as you watch the sun slip down over the western prairie.

4. National Cowboy Poetry Gathering - Elko, Nevada

The National Cowboy Poetry Gathering is a week-long celebration of life in the rural West, featuring the contemporary and traditional arts that arise from lives lived caring for land and livestock, fixing fences and raising families. Poetry, music, stories, gear, film, photography, food – all contribute to the texture of an event that has become an annual ritual for thousands of people who value the people and cultures that live and work in the West.

5. Barrett-Jackson Classic Car Auction - Scottsdale, Arizona

The Barrett-Jackson Auction Company is well known for being the premiere classic car auction company in the United States. At the Barrett-Jackson Classic Car Auction even the most serious collector will find enticements in the form of some of the most exclusive vehicles available at auction.

6. Snowmobile Tours - Brian Head, Utah

Some of the best times can be found straddling a powerful snowmobile and adventuring across the high country of Utah.

7. Rock Hunting and Shopping in Quartzite, Arizona

What makes Quartzsite special is that it has been a rock-hound's paradise since the 1960's. Each winter Quartzite swells in population due to well over a million visitors, most of whom converge on the small town in a wave of RVs during the months of January and February.

8. Ice Festival - Ouray, Colorado

Head for the Ouray Ice Festival, the ice climbing community's favorite gathering of top competitors, climbing and local companies, spectators and good times. Proceeds go to the maintenance of Ouray's Ice Park.

9. San Antionio River Walk Mud Festival

The San Antonio River, home to the famous Riverwalk, is drained each January. But, even without water in the river, San Antonio still manages to find a way to throw a party. The annual Riverwalk Mud Festival celebrates the draining of the river and includes such crowd favorites as the Mud Pie Ball, King and Queen Coronation, Mud Art Contest, Mud Parade and more.

10. Taos Pueblo - New Mexico

All events listed on the Pueblo site are religious ceremonies. They ask that you offer the same respect you would in your church at home. No photography is allowed. But you won't need pictures to remember your Pueblo visit. It will remain in your heart and soul forever. In January experience turtle, buffalo or deer dances.

11. Colorado Indian Market and Southwest Showcase

From traditional Indian jewelry and pottery to sophisticated paintings and sculptures...from contemporary Southwest fashions to Wildlife and Western decor...the array of products to be found will delight even the best of imaginations. Enjoy shopping, entertainment and family fun in Denver.

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