Events Ride High in the Southwest

The annual Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, staged at the Thomas & Mack Center at the University of Nevada–Las Vegas, has become a tradition in the popular city. Photo courtesy of the Las Vegas News Bureau
The annual Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, staged at the Thomas & Mack Center at the University of Nevada–Las Vegas, has become a tradition in the popular city. Photo courtesy of the Las Vegas News Bureau

By Lisa Clifton

The Southwest has become a year-round sports hotbed. Its vast and rugged landscapes beckon a sporting scene, and its cities in particular are full of ardent fans who frequent everything from amateur competitions to professional matchups. Especially enticing are the winter months, when mild temperatures make playing outdoors a true pleasure and athletes are tempted to extend their stay and explore the many attractions.

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