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I live on the westcoast not within driving distance to any of the western US venues so if we go we will be flying. If you've been to any of these venues and could choose any of the three which one would you choose and why? Thank you for your help!

Tulare County Fair Grounds, CA
Salt Lake City, UT
Eagle Ridge Mid Schoo, NM
 

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If you're in LA drive up to Tulare it's less than 3-4 hrs by car. Tulare's venue is held in what can only be described as a very large barn with hard floors (not dirt floors). Also, can't say that the lighting is too good either. But, it is a very popular shoot venue as I heard last year they ran 3 lines (8am, 1pm, and 5pm)! I believe it's probably the largest indoor nationals venue in the US (I could be wrong) and the people who run it know what they are doing as it is a smoothly run competition year after year.
 

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I'm in the process of relocating to the Portland office. So this month I'm working out 1 week in CA followed by 1 week in OR, etc. Living out of a suitcase is no fun, I will be glad when Feb rolls around and I am settled in OR.
 

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I may be biased (I started shooting at this venue) but I like Salt Lake City's venue. Well lit, vertical three spot targets are used, and if there's an equipment issue they have a well stocked proshop right there to help you make repairs.
 

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indoor target size and shape

I may be biased (I started shooting at this venue) but I like Salt Lake City's venue. Well lit, vertical three spot targets are used, and if there's an equipment issue they have a well stocked proshop right there to help you make repairs.
Respectfully, [email protected] are you sure that they used a 3-sport vertical in Salt Lake City? I'm probably wrong about this but I thought Tulare used Vegas 3-spot last year. What do they use in NM for the indoor nationals?

I don't know, maybe I'm just another confused traditionalist.
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I am a big fan of the Salt Lake venue. I have been shooting there since I was 6 and actually will be one of the line judges for this tournament. Randi and Larry who put this tournament on are some of the best people in the archery community.
 

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Respectfully, [email protected] are you sure that they used a 3-sport vertical in Salt Lake City? I'm probably wrong about this but I thought Tulare used Vegas 3-spot last year. What do they use in NM for the indoor nationals?

I don't know, maybe I'm just another confused traditionalist.
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I can confirm that they do use a vertical three spot. Every year that I have worked this tournament they have and i have been working it for about 6 years now I think.
 

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Richard and Dakota are both correct. We do use a vertical three spot. Archers can choose either the vertical three spot or a single spot target.
 

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Respectfully, [email protected] are you sure that they used a 3-sport vertical in Salt Lake City? I'm probably wrong about this but I thought Tulare used Vegas 3-spot last year. What do they use in NM for the indoor nationals?

I don't know, maybe I'm just another confused traditionalist.
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Tulare uses the Vegas face, SLC the vertical and I have no idea what NM uses...maybe a hybrid of the two? :wink:
 

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I live on the westcoast not within driving distance to any of the western US venues so if we go we will be flying. If you've been to any of these venues and could choose any of the three which one would you choose and why? Thank you for your help!

Tulare County Fair Grounds, CA
Salt Lake City, UT
Eagle Ridge Mid Schoo, NM
Here are pictures from the 2009 Rio Rancho Indoor Championship venue:
http://www.azjoad.com/2009/Albums/2009_USAA_Indoors/album/index.html
You will see all three types of targets used, 10 ring, triangle and vertical. You will also see 52” whitetail targets as well as bow stands, two rows of archers seating, two rows of spectators seating and the range very well lit. The venue is comfortable, spacious with high ceilings of a double gymnasium. What is also nice to see is that the New Mexico Roadrunner JOAD club presents awards to the JOAD Indoors site finishers, which is really great since for many JOADs, JOAD Indoor Nationals is their first national event and it’s nice to be able to return home with something in hand. Finally you will see a team of smiling archers and officials as happy archers make for a smooth running event.

Rio Rancho also posts their site specific results courtesy of their dedicated computerized results team:
http://www.nmarchery.org/portal/IndoorNationalsResults_Final.pdf

There is a lot that is not in the photos. There is a club run snack bar and the green chili stew, a New Mexico Specialty. There is ample free parking and it’s about a 100 feet walk from the parking lot to the tournament lobby. There is a bow case room. The ABQ Sunport airport is easy to travel thru and is only 30 minutes away from Rio Rancho. All the major rental car companies are represented at the rental car center. There are a variety of hotels in Rio Rancho including Extended Stay, Hilton Garden and Bed and Breakfast lodges.

Sandia Peak dominates the skyline and can be seen up close via tram ride. Hot Air balloons are abundant and picturesque. Lots of Native American and Spanish/Mexican influence including an old town. Casinos.
My favorites...Breakfast as Wecks, pizza at Dion’s and dinner at El Pinto Mexican food.

Since I-40 is typically clear and snow free. Most Arizonans drive to Rio Rancho in 6 or 7 hours. Colorado archers have easy access via I-25.

The only negative is that eventually, most must return home :)
 
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