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The Mountain states.

The Mountain States form one of the nine geographic divisions within the United States which are officially recognized by that country's census bureau.

The division consists of eight states: Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming. Together with the Pacific States of Alaska, California, Hawaii, Oregon and Washington state, the Mountain States constitute the broader region of the West, one of the four regions the United States Census Bureau formally recognizes (the Northeast, South and Midwest being the other three). The word "Mountain" refers to the Rocky Mountains, which run north-south throughout the division, and also to Mountain Standard Time, which all of the division save Nevada in its entirety and the Idaho panhandle observe; in addition, Arizona is one hour behind the other Mountain States (but for the aforementioned exceptions) from the first Sunday in April until the last Sunday in October, because Daylight Saving Time is not used in Arizona.

Since the late 1960s, the Mountain States have moved to challenge the Southern States for the distinction of being the nation's most politically conservative geographical entity; a large part of this trend toward conservatism has been caused by the arrival of many persons who have departed from the more liberal Pacific states, especially California, from that time onward. The brand of conservatism espoused by some of these West Coast transplants has been particularly extreme, as many Neo-Nazi groups have established headquarters in parts of Idaho and Montana.

In their geopolitical book The Day America Told The Truth, James Patterson and Peter Kim place most of the territory found within the Mountain States in a moral region they label Marlboro Country, with the division's eastern and southern salients being slotted into their Granary and L.A.-Mex regions respectively.

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A stark and arid land, Nevada is a region of rugged, snow-capped peaks, desert valleys green with sage, and sparsely populated expanses that still retain the vestiges of the Old West.
Near the Nevada-California boundary in the White Mountains is the state’s highest summit, Boundary Peak, at 4,005 m (13,140 ft).
The mountain canyons are seasonally dry, although a few have permanent streams and others have flows when the snow melts in the spring.
Meetings Focus | Rocky Mountain States (2128 words)
The Rocky Mountain states cover a sprawling area that both divides and connects the Midwest and the far West.
The experience is complemented by cultural attractions such as mountain festivals, performing arts and notable museums, and recreational activities ranging from skiing and snowboarding to river rafting, kayaking, hiking, and rock climbing.
With the urban cultural amenities and sophisticated facilities of Denver, and the majestic settings and historic appeal of celebrated mountain resorts such as Vail, Aspen, Telluride, and Durango, the Centennial State is suited to all types of meetings, conventions and incentives.
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