Velvet Garter Saloon and Restaurant

26 Carlsbad Hwy., White's City. 505 7852291. www.whitescity.com. Main courses 10- 18. AE, DC, MC, V. Daily 4-9pm. AMERICAN. This comfortable family-style restaurant, with a separate saloon, has two beautiful stained-glass windows portraying the caverns and the Guadalupe Mountains, as well as other works of Western art and assorted Old West touches. The menu includes slow-roasted prime rib, steaks, shrimp, and Italian dishes such as very good spinach lasagna. Nearby (same address and phone),...

TDs Country Store Restaurant

Corner of Elko and Main, downtown Baker. 775 234-7264. www.greatbasinpark.com td.htm. Sandwiches and meals 3.95- 10 large pizzas 12- 19. DISC, MC, V. Restaurant summer daily 11am-10pm, plus several mornings for breakfast (call ahead). Store summer daily 8am-7pm shorter hours in winter. AMERICAN MEXICAN. The restaurant is in a bright and cheery sunroom attached to a small grocery store. It's known for its pizzas, deli sandwiches, homemade salsa and chips, and big burritos and other Mexican...

Olema Druids Hall

Box 96), Olema, CA 94950. 866 554-4255 or 415 663-8727. Fax 415 663-1830. www.olemadruidshall.com. 5 units, including 1 cottage. 175- 275 double, 295- 395 suite or cottage. Rates include full breakfast. MC, V. Formerly the lodge for a chapter of the United Ancient Order of Druids, an Elks-like organization of men in funny hats holding secret meetings, this 1885 structure has been transformed into a terrific inn. Inside the lodge are three standard rooms with a European feel....

Glacier Campground

Box 447, 12070 U.S. 2, West Glacier, MT 59936. 888 387-5689 or 406 387-5689. www.glaciercampground.com. 80 tent sites, 80 RV sites, 5 cabins. 19 tent 20- 26 RV 35- 45 cabin. One mile west of West Glacier on U.S. 2 is the closest campground outside the park. Set in a forested area overgrown with evergreens, it's a quiet, comfortable place to retreat under the shade of the trees, especially on hot summer days. Most sites have water and electric hookups the rest are perfect for tent camping....

Devils Tower National Monument

Ising 1,267 feet above the Belle Fourche River, the stone stump of Devils Tower greets visitors miles before they arrive. Established in 1906 by Pres. Theodore Roosevelt as the country's first national monument, Devils Tower is off the beaten path in extreme northeast Wyoming, but it's well worth the trip. Col. Richard I. Dodge, who commanded a military escort for a U.S. Geological Survey party that visited the Black Hills in 1875, is credited with giving the formation its name. In his book The...

Bavarian Inn Motel

U.S. 16 385 N., Custer, SD 57730. 800 657-4312 or 605 673-2802. www.custer-sd. com bavarian. 64 units, 1 condo. A C TV TEL. 35- 79 single 59- 112 double 69- 159 suite. AE, DISC, MC, V. The Bavarian Inn's location 1 mile north of downtown is convenient to many of the Black Hills' most popular attractions, including Mount Rush-more, Crazy Horse Memorial, and Custer State Park. It has a restaurant (German American) and lounge, plus heated indoor and outdoor pools, a tennis court, a sauna and hot...

Bryce Point Bed Breakfast

Box 96), Tropic, UT 847760096. 888 200-4211 or 435 679-8629 (voice fax). www.brycepointlodging.com. 6 units. TV. 70- 80 double 90- 120 honeymoon cottage. Rates include full breakfast. MC, V. Unique and comfortable lodging, great views, and home-cooked breakfasts make this an excellent choice. Each room in Lamar and Ethel LeFevre's bed-and-breakfast is named for and decorated in the style of one of the couple's children. For instance, son Les is a firefighter, so the Les and...

Chisos Mining Co Motel

FM 170, about mile west of Tex. 118 (RO. Box 228), Terlingua, TX 79852. 432 3712254. www.cmcm.cc. 36 units, including 9 cabins and 6 condos. A C. 49- 70 double or cabin 115- 175 condo. AE, DISC, MC, V. This colorful, homey motel is well kept and personably run. The rooms have tub shower combos some have TVs. Cabins, also with tub shower combos, have fully equipped kitchens but no TVs. Six condo units went up between 2003 and 2005 they feature full kitchens, cable TV, and separate living and...

Lassen Mineral Lodge

Box 160), Mineral, CA 96063. 530 595-4422. Fax 530 5954452. www.minerallodge.com. 20 units. 79- 95 double. AE, DISC, MC, V. A mere 9 miles south of the park's southern entrance, this family-owned and -operated lodge (established in 1896) offers a homey atmosphere in a delightful forest setting. The motel-style rooms, constructed in the 1940s, are comfortable. Most have king or queen beds several larger rooms also have two twin beds and kitchenettes, making them a good choice...

The Bidwell House

Box l790), Chester, CA 96020. 530 258-3338. www.bidwellhouse.com. 14 units (12 with private bathroom), 1 cottage. TEL. 75- 180 double. Rates include full breakfast. MC, V. In 1901, Gen. John Bidwell, a California senator who made three unsuccessful bids for the presidency, built a country retreat and summer home for his beloved young wife, Annie. After her death, when Chester had developed into a prosperous logging hamlet, the building, with its farmhouse-style design and...

Sun Mountain Lodge

Box 1000, Winthrop, WA 98862. 800 572-0493 or 509 996-2211. Fax 509 9963133. www.sunmountainlodge.com. 98 units, 17 cabins. Summer 175- 355 double, 255- 395 cabin fall-spring 145- 285 double, 195- 325 cabin. AE, DC, MC, V. If you're looking for resort luxuries and proximity to hiking, cross-country skiing, and mountain-biking trails, the Sun Mountain Lodge should be your first choice in the region. Perched on a mountaintop with grand views of the Methow Valley and the North Cascades, this...

Mukuntuweep RV Park Campground

Box 193), 1 4 mile east of the east entrance to Zion National Park, Orderville, UT 84758. 435 648-3011. www.xpressweb. com zionpark. 25 double campsites 15- 22. AE, DISC, MC, V. For a bed with a roof over it at a bargain rate, this is the place. This attractive compound offers six basic but comfortable log cabins, a hogan, and a tepee, which share the campground's bathhouse. There's a fishing pond, a playground, and a game room, plus great views of the surrounding rocks. Across the...

Other Sports Activities

There's great trout fishing in the Colorado River just upstream of the national park, between Glen Canyon Dam and Lees Ferry. For advice on fishing this area, contact Lees Ferry Anglers Guides and Fly Shop ( 800 962-9755 or 928 355-2261), at Cliff Dwellers Lodge, about 2K hours north of Flagstaff on U.S. 89A. Before you can fish in or near the park, you'll need an Arizona Fishing Permit and trout stamp, available at Lees Ferry Anglers or at the Canyon Village Marketplace ( 928...

Hungry Coyote Restaurant Saloon

Main St., Tropic. 435 679-8822. www.brycevalleyinn.com. Breakfast 3.95- 6.95 dinner main courses 7- 21. AE, MC, V. Daily 6 30-10 30am and 5-10pm reduced hours in winter. AMERICAN WESTERN. The Old West is still king here look around at the rough wood walls, old ranch tools, kerosene lanterns, and warnings that patrons must check your gun with the waitress. Beef eaters will savor the thick 20-ounce T-bone, the most expensive item on the menu. You can also get pork...

Ms Tracys Cafe

West side of Tex. 118, Study Butte 2 miles west of the park entrance. 432 371-2888. Breakfasts, sandwiches, and Mexican items 3.50- 9 main dinner courses 9- 17. DISC, MC, V. Mid-Nov to Apr daily 7am-9pm May to mid-Nov daily 7am-5pm. AMERICAN MEXICAN. This somewhat funky roadside cafe has a decidedly Western look, with cattle skulls, cowboy chaps, and other Old West memorabilia, but it's owned and operated by a Manchester, England, transplant. She sometimes pays homage to her homeland by serving...

If You Have Only Day

Most folks who make Mount Rainier a day trip are coming from the Seattle area, and they work their way around from the southwest corner of the park, driving first through Longmire to Paradise, then Ohanapecosh, and on to Sunrise. But, Sunrise being named what it is, you might want to go the other way around to get the best daylight, in which case you'll want to enter on Wash. 410 at the park's northeast corner. If you're coming from the south or from Yakima, adjust your entry point and...

Friends of Yosemite Lodge

13349 Clements Rd., Groveland, CA 95321. 866 410-4545 or 209 962-4544. www. friendsofyosemitelodge.com. 4 units. 169- 189 double 275 suite. One-time 10 donation to education-oriented nonprofit required. Room rates include full breakfast. AE, MC, V. The yellow clapboard 1990 home southeast of downtown Groveland is a delightful B& B with a tasteful 'Yosemite luminaries theme. Downstairs, the John Muir Room holds a comfortable king lodgepole bed and books about Muir, a Yosemite fanatic and...

Sandcreek RVPark Hostel

540 Utah 24, 5 miles west of the park entrance (PO. Box 750276), Torrey, UT 84775. 877 425-3578 or 435 425-3577. www.sandcreek rv.com. 1 shared unit, 2 cabins. Hostel 10- 12 per person cabin 28 double. MC, V. Closed mid-Oct to Mar. This hostel, in a handsome log building, consists of one large room in which both men and women sleep, bunkhouse style. It offers sleeping space for eight, a TV, a microwave, and a porch with tables and chairs. The walls, high ceilings, and beams are of ponderosa...

Tips from a Park Ranger

Is essentially a hiking park, comments Rich H McCamant, the park's former chief of interpretation. He remarks that the park's two main attractions, which he recommends to all visitors, are the hike to the top of Guadalupe Peak and the colors in McKittrick Canyon, either the trees in fall or the wildflowers in spring. McCamant says that those without the time or desire to hike the strenuous Guadalupe Peak Trail should consider the more moderate Smith Springs Loop Trail or Devil's Hall Trail....

Forks Coffee Shop

Forks Ave. (U.S. 101). 360 3746769. www.forkscoffeeshop.com. Main courses 3.95- 13 breakfast and lunch, 11- 22 dinner. DISC, MC, V. Daily 5am-9pm. AMERICAN. An extensive menu of well-prepared American food and a casual atmosphere make the Forks Coffee Shop a good bet. It features all the usual breakfast items, including gigantic hotcakes and create-your-own omelettes. A limited number of breakfast basics are available all day. Lunch consists of a variety of sandwiches, burgers, and...