just a name
no need to over think it, its just a rally that was started many years ago with a certian name. you could have a west fest any where west of the mason dickson or mississippi or kansas city or idaho or utah. Its simply a name and has traditionally been in colorado or new mex, or idaho cause the timing of the year is perfect in those locations. That, and the fact that it is basically the only really cool mountain range kinda in the middle. And its loaded with trails roads and places to stay-closures are at a minimum compared to what is happing in the true west. gas is cheap, lodging isn't out of control, bla bla bla
But its just a name.
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