Nude Recre­ation Week is back

USA TODAY International Edition - - NEWS - Kel­lie Hwang The Ari­zona Repub­lic

PHOENIX Ever con­sid­ered shed­ding all of your clothes to deal with the scorch­ing tem­per­a­tures?

Some peo­ple do it year round. And not just in the com­fort of their own homes.

The Amer­i­can As­so­ci­a­tion for Nude Recre­ation and Na­tur­ist So­ci­ety are once again host­ing the an­nual Nude Recre­ation Week, held through July 16 at more than 200 clubs across the U. S. and Canada. This year’s theme is “Naked Street Party,” and each club pro­duces its own events and pro­gram­ming.

“We want to ed­u­cate the gen­eral pub­lic that there’s noth­ing wrong with nu­dity,” said Beverly Price, pres­i­dent of Amer­i­can As­so­ci­a­tion for Nude Recre­ation. “To do that we in­vite the gen­eral pub­lic to open houses that are usu­ally free and sched­uled by the clubs. ... The whole idea is if you never tried it, ever thought of it, or maybe even haven’t thought of it, to come out and give it a try.”

In Ari­zona, the Shangri La Ranch in New River is the place to go for a cloth­ing- op­tional life­style. The club will host a spe­cial event for Nude Recre­ation Week on Satur­day, fea­tur­ing an ice cream so­cial, root beer floats, lawn games and other pool­side ac­tiv­i­ties.

Any­one who is cu­ri­ous about go­ing cloth­ing- free is in­vited to visit, free of charge, and check it out. While there won’t be any other spe­cial events dur­ing the week, peo­ple are still in­vited to come take a tour.

About 100 res­i­dents live at the Shangri La Ranch, and an ad­di­tional 50 have sea­sonal units. Other members will come up and stay for the week­end, or just the day. The ranch fea­tures two swim­ming pools, a hot tub, sauna, sport courts, hik­ing trails and a club­house. There’s also a cafe open on the week­ends.

Danielle Smith, 30, of Phoenix, grew up at Shangri La Ranch and be­came the com­mu­ni­ca­tions man­ager about a year ago. She said the ranch is pretty re­laxed.

“Any­one is al­ways wel­come to come check out the club, and the first day will al­ways be on us,” she said. “We want to make sure that this is what you’re looking for.”

Smith said there are only a few sim­ple rules. No swimwear is al­lowed in the pool, hot tub or sauna, so “don’t do any­thing you would need to apol­o­gize for,” she said.

PATRICK BREEN, THE ARI­ZONA REPUB­LIC

Shangri La Ranch in New River is the place to go for a cloth­ing- op­tional life­style in Ari­zona.

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