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Women In Nude
Recreation

AANR is committed to introducing women to the benefits of nude living.

Visiting a Nudist Club
for the First Time?

Go to our Newcomers page and find the information you need to make your first visit fun and comfortable.

Families & Naturism

The Naturist movement has always been family-centric. It is not uncommon to find several generations of families who have lived in this lifestyle.

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AANR West needs YOU!

The AANR West board of directors is comprised of 9 elected representatives from our regional membership. Directors are tasked with carrying out the functions of the AANR region, to promote and protect family nude recreation. Through various committees, which may include but are not limited to, marketing, public relations, social media/online presence, and so many more, we continue to fulfill our mission.

Elections are coming and you have the opportunity to serve the region as a director.

To be eligible to run you need to hold a current and valid AANR membership for at least 1 year before running, be committed to serving on an appointed committee(s), and attend various meetings throughout the year. For more information, or to submit a nomination, contact Vice President Treena Saavedra via email, vicepresident@aanrwest.org

June Month-Long Observances

Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month

Black Music Month

National Caribbean American Heritage Month

Pride Month (LGBTQ+)

Important June Dates

  • June 5 – World Environment Day
  • June 9 – Race Unity Day
  • June 12 – Loving Day
  • June 16 – Eid al-Adha (Muslim)
  • June 16 – Father’s Day
  • June 19 – Juneteenth
  • June 20 – World Refugee Day
  • June 20 – Litha, Summer Solstice (Pagan)
  • June 21 – National Indigenous Peoples Day (Canada)
  • June 23 – Public Service Day
  • June 24 – St-Jean-Baptiste Day (Quebec)
  • June 27 – Helen Keller Day (USA)
  • June 28 – Pride Day (LGBTQ+) (varies by city and country)

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AANR West: Supporting Our Members And Our Clubs

Embark on a journey of self-discovery and liberation with AANR West! Our organization offers a range of activities that allow members to explore clothing-optional recreation in a safe and welcoming environment. With members hailing from states across the Western US, including Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, New Mexico, Nevada, Utah, and Wyoming, as well as western Mexico, AANR West is a diverse community where everyone is welcome.

Our mission at AANR West is to provide our members with comprehensive education and support services. We want our members to feel comfortable and secure as they pursue their interests, and we work hard to ensure that they have access to the resources and information they need to do so. Whether it's finding a safe and legal place to enjoy clothing-optional recreation or understanding their rights under the law, our members can count on us to provide them with the guidance and support they need.

But our mission doesn't stop with our members. AANR West also strives to educate the public on the benefits of social nudism. We believe that everyone can experience the joy and freedom that comes from shedding their clothes and embracing their natural selves. We host events that are focused on providing good, healthy family fun, and we welcome individuals of all ages, genders, marital statuses, religious beliefs, ethnic origins, and sexual orientations.

We know the power of true freedom at AANR West. There's nothing quite like feeling the wind blowing across your skin and the sense of liberation that comes from being carefree and unencumbered by clothing. We want everyone to experience that same sense of freedom and joy. So, if you're looking for a safe and welcoming community where you can explore your interests and find your inner peace, join us at AANR West today!

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“Are we so narrow-minded that we show war, murder, rape, etc. on TV, but we do not allow to show one of the most wonderful creations (the human body) in its natural form.”

Mario Roman

AANR West Club Highlights

Mohave Sun Club

The Mohave Sun Club is a vibrant, family-friendly, non-landed travel club based in the sunny expanses of Mohave County, Arizona. As a haven for Socially United Nudists and Naturists, this club stands out for its commitment to promoting body acceptance, non-sexual nudity, and wholesome nude recreation in a safe, comfortable, and relaxed environment. Affiliated with the American Association for Nude Recreation (AANR), AANR-West, and The Naturist Society (TNS), Mohave Sun Club encapsulates the spirit of fun and freedom, fostering long-lasting friendships among like-minded naturists. https://mohavesunclub.org/

Southern Utah Naturist Society (SUNS)

We are a non-landed Naturist group located in the St George Utah area.

Who we are: We are a “Clothing Optional”, safe, friendly social group and all our events are strictly non-sexual. We are proud to offer membership to people 18 and over of all genders, sexual orientations, body types, and ethnicities. We structure our Club this way to create a safe and friendly environment where members and their guests can enjoy each other’s company based on mutual respect, consideration for others, and common sense. https://southernutahnaturistsociety.org

Sequoians

Sequoians is a social nude membership club that caters to its members, affiliated club members, members' guests, and new visitors considering membership. Everyone can enjoy nude recreation in our safe and family-friendly forest park-like setting. Sequoians is a cooperative; members pool together to create fun activities and events — it is also a place where members enjoy days of nude relaxation, tanning, swimming, relaxing in the hot tub, camping, hiking, wildlife, bird watching, lawn games, and other activities.

During the club’s Open Season (April through October) visitors may visit three times on Saturdays, Sundays, or holidays before deciding if they’d like to apply for membership. Membership entitles them to continued access to Sequoians’ grounds for the purpose and enjoyment of nude recreation. https://sequoians.com

Nude Recreation Week is July 7 - 13

Hosted annually by the American Association for Nude Recreation (AANR), Nude Recreation Week is a celebration dedicated to the joys and freedom of clothing-optional recreation. The event is typically celebrated across the United States at various nudist resorts, beaches, and clubs affiliated with AANR.

Nude Recreation Week aims to promote body positivity, freedom, and the natural connection between humans and the environment. It encourages individuals and families alike to experience recreation free from the constraints of clothing, in a safe, respectful, and welcoming atmosphere. The week is packed with various activities ranging from sports competitions, such as volleyball and tennis, to more leisurely pursuits, including swimming, hiking, and sunbathing.

Workshops and talks on naturism, environmental conservation, and body positivity are also regular fixtures, providing educational opportunities alongside recreational enjoyment. AANR emphasizes the importance of a family-friendly environment, ensuring that events cater to all ages in a respectful and supportive manner.

Celebrated for over 40 years, Nude Recreation Week has grown into a powerful movement advocating for the normalization of naturism and providing a platform for individuals to explore a lifestyle free from societal pressures concerning body image. It stands as a testament to the enduring appeal of naturism and its principles of freedom, respect, and equality.

Whether you're a long-time participant in naturist activities or curious about experiencing life without the encumbrance of clothing for the first time, AANR's Nude Recreation Week offers an inviting and open-minded community to explore the benefits of this liberating lifestyle.

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AANR West 2024 Meetings

 

AANR Western Regional General Assembly 2024
August 9-11, 2024
Shangri La Ranch


AANR Western Regional Fall Board Meeting
November, 2024

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Barefoot Hiking Expedition

High in the Sierra Nevadas, where the air is crisp and the terrain speaks of ancient times, a group of adventurous naturists embarked on a journey not meant for the faint-hearted—a Barefoot Hiking Expedition. The allure: a trek through untamed wilderness, naturally and without the usual trappings of modern footwear.

Elena, a seasoned hiker and advocate for naturism, was their guide. Her passion for the expedition was rooted in a philosophy that to touch the earth with one's bare skin was to connect with its energies—a belief she planned to share with her fellow hikers.

The morning was vibrant, with the colors of dawn painting the sky as the group set off from their base camp at first light. The air was rich with the scent of pine and wet soil, the chorus of the forest's inhabitants bidding them a harmonious send-off. The expedition was a diverse group—artists, writers, bankers—all united by a curiosity for this unique experience.

They followed Elena, who led confidently, her bare feet well-accustomed to the varied terrain of the forest floor. Grains of earth clung tenderly to their soles, pebbles, and twigs marked their passage, and the occasional cold mountain stream offered a refreshing reprieve from their arduous trek.

As the day wore on, the terrain transformed. The soft forest floor gave way to rocky outcrops, and the group's pace slowed. Here, the commitment to the barefoot expedition was truly tested. Elena encouraged them to be mindful, to focus on the sensations underfoot—to feel the mountain breathing and pulsing beneath them.

The conversations that had bubbled among them tapered off, replaced by the profound silence of concentration. Each step became a deliberate and intimate dance with the Earth. The roughness of the granite instilled resilience, the moisture of the moss enriched their senses, and with every encountered stream, the water's coolness spoke of the mountain's lifeblood coursing through their veins.

By midday, they reached a clearing that offered a view so magnificent it took their collective breaths away. Below them, the world seemed to unfurl—valleys cut by ribbons of rivers, meadows dotted with wildflowers. And here, they took a respite, indulging in a shared silence that needed no words, their bodies bared to the elements, absorbing the sun's warmth.

The next phase of the hike introduced them to the mountain's shadowy side, where ancient trees grew and the sun's rays played hide and seek. It was a world unto itself, awash with muted greens and browns, the atmosphere dense with the scent of life and decay that forms the canvas of the wild.

With every mile, their feet grew stronger, their bond with the earth firmer. Nature’s textures—the jagged rocks, the forest's tapestry, the soil's granularity—became imprinted in the memory of their soles.

As evening approached, the group settled in a grove, the trees their natural guardians. Around the fire, their conversation stirred—the day's journey, the moments of doubt, the triumph of their perseverance. But beyond the words, it was the experience—the cleansing feeling of their unshielded feet, the liberty, and connection with the bigger picture—that imprinted on their souls.

The Barefoot Hiking Expedition was more than just a trek; it was a poignant return to the basics—the feeling of liberation, of primal joy. As the stars stitched patterns in the night sky, Elena watched her fellow hikers sleep, a smile gracing her lips, knowing that the path they had walked barefoot bound them to the earth and to each other in an ancient and unspoken pact.

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National Skinny Dip Day, celebrated annually on the second Saturday of July, is a day dedicated to the joy and freedom of swimming naked in natural waters. It’s a way to connect with nature, embrace body positivity, and celebrate the innocence of a traditional, clothes-free swim. This quirky yet liberating holiday encourages people to shed their garments along with their inhibitions, promoting a sense of freedom and unity with the environment.

International Skinny Dip Day was started in 2018 by the American Association for Nude Recreation as the final day of National Nude Recreation Week, which has been an AANR tradition for 43 years.

The practice of skinny dipping itself has a history as long as human civilization. In ancient times, swimming nude was commonplace, as the societal norms and clothing conventions we know today did not exist. The term 'skinny dip', meaning to swim naked, first gained popularity in the United States in the mid-20th century, though the activity has been enjoyed worldwide for centuries.

National Skinny Dip Day was established as a way to reclaim the joy and simplicity of this activity, encouraging a break from the hyper-modern, overly digital, and often stressful pace of contemporary life. It serves as a reminder of the joy found in simple, natural pleasures and promotes a healthier body image by celebrating the human form in its most elemental state.

Weekly
Club Karaoke

Shangri La Ranch - Friday Night

Mira Vista Resort - Friday Night

Glen Eden Sun Club - Wednesday, Friday & Sunday

Laguna Del Sol - Friday Night

Olive Dell Ranch - Friday Night

Weekly
Club Dances

Shangri La Ranch - Saturday Night

Mira Vista Resort - Saturday Night

Laguna Del Sol - Saturday Night

Glen Eden Sun Club - Friday & Saturday

Lupin Lodge - Thursday Night

Sequoians - Saturday Afternoon (Summer)

Weekly
Club Volleyball

Glen Eden - Tuesdays, Fridays, Saturdays, & Sundays

Shangri La Ranch - Daily Afternoon except Saturday

Mira Vista Resort - Saturday Afternoon

Laguna Del Sol - Saturday Afternoon

The Many Names We Take Pride In

Our organization has undergone significant changes over the past few decades, with a focus on providing more detailed and comprehensive descriptions of the locations where we practice and enjoy our nudist lifestyle. While terms such as "nudist colony" or "nudist camp" may have been accurate in the past, we now prefer the use of terms such as "nudist clubs," "parks," or "resorts," which better reflect the diverse and welcoming nature of our community. Additionally, we have adopted new terminology to describe ourselves, including naturists, nudists, or members of clothing-optional organizations, highlighting the positive and respectful aspects of our lifestyle.

We believe that our lifestyle is grounded in basic human rights, such as the freedom to express oneself and the freedom to be comfortable in one's own skin. Our organization is committed to ensuring that these rights are protected and respected, and we work tirelessly to promote acceptance and understanding of our way of life. In addition to advocating for top freedom, social nudism, and family nudity, we also support a range of initiatives aimed at promoting body positivity and inclusivity, including educational programs, community events, and outreach activities. By working together, we can build a more open and accepting society that values diversity and celebrates the beauty of the human form.

Find your true self at an AANR West Club.