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Southwest United States - Gay and Lesbian Visitors

Gay Friendly Resorts, Hotels, Inns, Bars and More


Gay Rodeo

Having Fun at the Rodeo

Courtesy: Dale Karsten,CGRA
Updated January 28, 2011
Throughout the Southwestern United States, there are many gay and lesbian-friendly resorts, hotels, inns and communities. Please e-mail usif you have some additions or corrections.

Visitor Websites


Phoenix Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce- This site provides some great relocation information as well as lists of Gay and Lesbian businesses.

Arizona's Gay and Lesbian Rodeo Association- Features the annual Gay and Lesbian Rodeo.

Top 10 Gay Phoenix Nightlife Options - From About Gay Travel - Great information on Phoenix area clubs.

From Out Traveler, a current information-packed article on what to see and do in Phoenix.

Flagstaff Pride in the Pines - Pride in the Pines, Flagstaff's Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Festival and Celebration.

Pride in the Desert - Tucson, Arizona pride festival and parade.

Tempe, Arizona - This website touts, "Looking for a destination that is welcoming and friendly to the gay and lesbian traveler? Then Get Up & Go to Tempe, the best alternative for lively nightlife, amazing art, architecture, live performances, fabulous food, sensational shopping and thrilling sporting events! When you're in Tempe, Arizona, you're in the middle of it all."

Bisbee, Arizona Pride Weekend. Head to Bisbee, the historic mining town for a weekend of fun and frivolity - pool party, karaoke and more.

GLBT Scottsdale - Scottsdale is a mecca for the art lover, the foodie and for those wanting to try out new clubs and luxurious resorts. Whether you prefer lavish resorts with manicured landscapes or modern urban boutique hotels in the middle of all the action, Scottsdale offers something for everyone.


Dallas Purple Party- A destination in itself, this Dallas gay event draws visitors from across the U.S.

Pride Houston - Full day of national and local entertainment at the expanded Pride Festival and the beautiful spectacle of America's original nighttime Pride Parade.

Robins Nest Bed and Breakfast Inn - Houston, Texas - Welcoming to all. Gay and lesbian friendly. Located in Houston's museum and arts district.

Gay Houston - hotels, clubs, restaurants and community resources.


Gay Colorado- Lots of gay and gay friendly businesses throughout Colorado. Gay bars and places to stay.

Denver Pridefest - 2 Day festival and parade.

Diverse Denver- Denver is a premier destination for various cultures and lifestyles. Its diversity has made it home to exciting events such as the nation's largest PrideFest and an annual Gay Rodeo. From the exciting downtown area to the surrounding mountain communities, it is a safe, friendly place to enjoy activities with a partner, solo or with your family and friends.

Rocky Mountain Gay Rodeo - History records June 3rd, 1983 as the date that the Denver metropolitan area became the second location in the United States to stage a gay rodeo. To date, more than $2 million has been raised and donated to AIDS-related charities from over 200 gay rodeos.

New Mexico

A Guide to Gay Albuquerque - About Gay Travel says Albuquerque has a pronounced gay and lesbian community and a number of gay-owned businesses, including several fun bars and cafes. There's also a fast-emerging gallery scene and several fine museums.

Gay and Gay Friendly Accomodations in Santa Fe, New Mexico- A great listing of places to stay in beautiful Santa Fe. Extensive information is provided for each listing as well as a photo or two.

Santa Fe Pride on the Plaza - Parade, festival and art exhibitions.

Gay Santa Fe - From About Gay Travel - Santa Fe may be the most popular gay destination in New Mexico, but it tends to draw a relatively couples-oriented, romantic crowd - not too many singles seeking out nightlife options. Similarly, many of the gays and lesbian who live in Santa Fe are over 35 and in relationships.


Reno Pride Festival Two day festival and parade.

Las Vegas Pride - A major pride festival drawing visitors from all over the world.

Choosing Your Hotel in Gay Las Vegas - As Las Vegas has skyrocketed in popularity as both a place to live and visit, it's also become one of the foremost destinations out there among gay and lesbian travelers. But it also differs from cities and major resort communities with highly defined and focused gay scenes, in that relatively few GLBT travelers to "Sin City" come here specifically to check out gay nightlife and stay in gay-oriented accommodations.

Gay and Lesbian Las Vegas - If you’re looking for information that pertains to Gays and Lesbians you can check out QVegas or Q Vegas. Both of these publications should get you the information you need while in town. You might be asking where to find gay friendly entertainment. Try Paradise Road south of the Hard Rock Hotel, you should encounter a few cafés bookstores and a couple of clubs.

Girl Bar - Las Vegas- Only on Saturday nights, this is the hotest lesbian dance bar in Las Vegas.

Blue Moon Resort - All male gay resort in Las Vegas with clothing optional, lagoon style pool.


Utah Pride - Festival and parade held in Salt Lake City.

Utah's gay community is out and thriving with gay 'ghettos' popping up in the Marmalade area west of Capitol Hill, in the 9th & 9th neighborhood and downtown.

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