"This year's entries truly live up to the Western ideal of places embodying the rugged, free spirit of the Western version of the American Dream," said DeAnna Jarnagin, Associate Publisher of American Cowboy. "They're places where you can experience authentic cowboy culture, spectacular scenery, a true dose of history and, a really, really good steak."
Major criteria for selection include outdoor appeal, historical significance, regional ranching activity and tourism. Editors also considered population, average land price, average household price, median age and the number of Western events held throughout the year.
Winners were named for five regions: Texas and The Plains, California and Nevada, The Rockies, The Southwest and The Northwest.
Bonnie Char said, "The article mentions just a few the fantastic events, including Cedar City Livestock and Heritage Festival and the 50th Anniversary of the Utah Shakespeare Festival, after seeing a preview copy of the upcoming magazine. “We are thrilled to be recognized in this way; this kind of publicity will give perspective vacationers a glimpse of the various unique offerings available in scenic southern Utah.”
You can read the complete article in the April/May issue of American Cowboy magazine. A limited number of free copies of American Cowboy are available while supplies last at the Iron County Visitor Center at 581 North Main Street, Cedar City, Utah.