Jan 1, 2002
Outside Magazine

Horse Cents
January may be the low season for Arizona dude ranches, but "winter" in the mid-Sonoran Desert means balmy 60- to 70-degree days. Enjoy the sun and savings by booking a room at the Kay El Bar Ranch near Wickenburg, 60 miles northwest of Phoenix, for only $128 per person per night (15 percent off high-season rates), with a two-night minimum stay. The price includes meals and two daily rides into the saguaro-studded Bradshaw Mountains. Built in 1926, the ranch's eight-room main lodge (now a National Historic Site) is made of adobe bricks sun-dried on the ranch. Call 800-684-7583;

Hawaii Drive-O
Call Castle Resorts and mention the "Thank You" offer (in appreciation of travelers who haven't shied away from flying after the September 11 terrorist attacks) and get a free compact Dollar Rent a Car—plus a tank of gas—to keep for the duration of your stay at eight of its 17 properties throughout Hawaii. Our favorite: the Kona Reef hotel on the Big Island's west side, near hiking on the Mauna Kea lava flows and snorkeling in the marine preserve in Kealakekua Bay. The beachfront one-bedroom suites cost $82 per night, and have private lanais and full kitchens. Travel must be completed by January 31. Call 800-367-5004;
Europe on a Boot Buckle
Save hundreds of dollars on your Alps ski vacation by booking a trip with Adventures on Skis (800-628-9655; Sample itinerary: For only $1,219, fly to Geneva, Switzerland, from New York, and hop a bus to Morzine, France, the heart of a 400-mile circuit linked by 220 lifts in Les Portes du Soleil mountains. Price includes Swiss Air flights, airport transfers, seven nights of lodging in three- or four-star hotels (including daily breakfasts and dinners), six days of lift tickets, and free demos of 2003 Rossignol skis, boots, and snowboards. Other destinations: Chamonix, Meribel, or Zermatt, Switzerland, with departures through March.

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