Colorado, Utah and Nevada: travel expert Q&A

July 18, 2013 by  
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Forming the backdrop in countless movies, this trio of states is among the most familiar in America – incredible desert-scapes of red rock cliffs, towers and riverbeds, and breathtaking mountain scenery. But deciding how to make the most of this vast, spectacular natural playground can be overwhelming – where to stay, what routes to take, which national parks to visit …

Our panel of experts are long-term residents or frequent visitors to Colorado, Utah and Nevada, so can serve up plenty of insider tips to help you plan a trip through these cinematic landscapes.

The great outdoors is what this part of the US does best and many of our panelists are keen hikers, climbers, skiers and cyclists, and are happy to share their secrets, from where to stay when visiting Bryce Canyon to their favourite extreme sports companies around Boulder. And, if you are looking for the perfect campsite, two of our panelists have written the book, literally. Finally, amid this breathtaking landscape is, of course, one of the world’s best party towns, so don’t forget to post your questions on sin city too.

Post a question below, or tweet us your questions at @guardiantravel using #usaroadtripwest


Sarah Ryan is the author of Moon Handbooks Colorado Camping. She loves to hike, camp, backcountry ski, bike, and raft all over the state. She’s an expert in getting off the beaten track in any season, with or without kids. She’s also a food lover, who enjoys culinary adventures in Fort Collins, Denver and Boulder.

Joshua Berman is travel columnist for the Denver Post, where he specialises in outdoor adventures, hiking, and dude ranches. His work has appeared in the New York Times, Men’s Journal, Yoga Journal and National Geographic Traveler. Find him at and on Twitter at @tranquilotravel.

Steve Bartlett is a climber, writer and photographer. He grew up in Kent, but has lived in Boulder, Colorado since 1983. He works for a local guidebook company, Sharp End Publishing, and is the author of Desert Towers, a book about climbing in the south-west.

Claire Walter is an award-winning writer, guidebook author and blogger, based in Boulder, CO. She first visited Colorado to ski and moved there in 1988. She loves the state for the combination of year-round outdoor activities and cultural and culinary offerings. She blogs at and

Mary Caperton Morton is a freelance science and travel writer who makes her home on the back roads of North America, living and working out of a tiny solar-powered Teardrop trailer. A regular contributor to EARTH magazine, where she writes the Travels in Geology column, Mary also pens an outdoor adventure/road trip blog at


Mike Matson is an outdoor writer and photographer. He’s the author of Moon Take a Hike Salt Lake City and Moon Utah Camping. His stories and photos have been published in the Utah Adventure Journal, Backpacker, National Geographic Adventure, and Canoe and Kayak magazines.

Brett Prettyman has been an outdoors writer at the Salt Lake Tribune in Salt Lake City, Utah, for 23 years. He is currently working on an one-hour film “the Utah Bucket List” which features 12 must-do adventures in Utah. Stories regarding the Bucket List have been running in the Tribune with video clips since May. Check them out here.

Tyson Bradley is a senior guide and director and of Utah Mountain Adventures and the author of Backcountry Skiing Utah. He is passionate about skiing and climbing in the Wasatch Mountains, where he guides 100 days per winter (ski, avalanche instruction, mountaineering and ice). In summer he teaches rock climbing.

Caroline Gleich is a pro skier. She has travelled all over the world in pursuit of the best snow but her favourite place to ski is the mountains around Salt Lake Cityl. Caroline skis for Patagonia, Zeal Optics, Nordica, Leki, Thule, Clif Bar, and Sanuk. Follow her at

Dustin A Cook is an outdoor adventurer and photographer on the weekends and a business developer during the week. He also volunteers with Utah Country Search and Rescue, helping people who are injured or lost find their way back home safely. He blogs at


Molly O’Donnell is an editor and freelance writer whose work has appeared in various regional and national magazines and newspapers, and on National Public Radio. She co-founded, and also contributes to Las Vegas Weekly, and Desert Companion.

Chuckmonster is the founder of, an irreverent guide to the city. He is also a member of the Vegas Gang Podcast, a roundtable discussion of the global gaming industry. Follow him at @chuckmonster.

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