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.
The RockyMountainstates 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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