There are 13 prides happening this summer within a six-hour drive from Salt Lake City. Thirteen! Fourteen if you include Denver, which is an 8-hour drive. Here is your guide:
June 4–7 Salt Lake City
Of course, we start with our own Pride, which is the first of the year in our region. For some, a 10-minute drive. We’re off to a good start!
June 12–13 Elko, NV
Elko is about to pull off its first Pride ever. Held at the Lions Campground in Lamoille Canyon, Elko is bringing in Yara Sofia of Ru Paul’s Drag Race, DJ Jessica the Ripper from Cincinnati and will host a parade on Saturday.
June 19–20 Boise, ID
Boise will hold a month of activities leading up to their Pride weekend, which will begin with a concert featuring Dirty Looks and then a rally on Saturday at the Capitol Building, a parade and then a day-long festival. Erika Gaga closes the festival with a concert Saturday night.
June 20–21 Denver, CO
Denver’s Pride brings 365,000 people to the mile-high city, according to organizers and is supported by the city’s convention and visitors’ bureau. Three stages and 200 vendor booths.
June 24–28 Four Corners Pride, Durango
If you want a small-town Pride, head to Durango where the LGBT community from cities in four states gather for an annual Pride. A film, cocktail reception and dance party kick are followed by the largest event — the Animas River Float Parade & Pride Festival Family & Friends Picnic. Yes — a float parade.
June 26–27 Pocatello, ID
Pocatello puts on a fun Pride every year. While over the years it has been a bit disorganized and leaving people wondering if it would happen, it shows up every year.
July 13–20 Four Corners Campout
The Four Corners region also puts on a fantastic campout, the highlight of which are the people you will meet. Held at a campground of McPhee Reservoir, each year has a theme. This year’s is Christmas in July. Shirtless Santas!
July 25 Reno, NV
August 1 Ogden Pride
Ogden is hosting its first Pride this year with the theme “Love Within Reach.” Watch the website for details.
August 5–9 Wyoming Equality Rendezvous
5-day campout at Medicine Bow National Forest, between Laramie and Cheyenne Wyoming. The Rendezvous Event provides a friendly, safe, LGBT affirming environment for everyone, from everywhere.
September 8–14 Las Vegas
September 11–12 Idaho Falls
September 19 Provo, UT
This will be the third Provo Pride and this year’s theme is “This is Family.”
September 25–27 Moab Pride
Moab’s Pride is actually a week long with their Gay Adventure Week and nightly parties. On Saturday, they kick off with a “visibility march” through downtown Moab, ending at a day in the park. Q