Drowsy Water Ranch
As an all-inclusive experience, home cookin', daily guided horseback rides and evening programs are all part of the weekly price. Even though it ain't fancy, the Fosha family offers the most genuine 'dude ranch' experience in Colorado...
Raucous Cody revels in its Wild West image (it's named after legendary showman William 'Buffalo Bill' Cody). With a staged streak of yeehaw, the town happily relays yarns (not always the whole story, mind you) about its past.
Buffalo Bill Ranch State Historical Park
Buffalo Bill Ranch State Historical Park was once the home of Bill Cody, the father of rodeo and the famed Wild West Show, it's now a fun museum that reflects his colorful life.
Best of the West
Skyscrapers, sequoias and impossibly big skies await you in America’s West. This 15-day tour through the urban and natural wonders of California, Arizona and Nevada is perfect for travellers who want to inject a little downtown energy into their out-of-town escapes.
Harmel's Dude Ranch
This dude ranch, just east of Almont, offers some of the best-value horse riding in the valley. It also offers riding lessons for kids aged seven and older.
Flying E Ranch
This down-home working cattle ranch on 20,000 acres in the Hassayampa Valley is a big hit with families. Rooms are Western-themed and rates include activities and three family-style meals daily...
It's not always easy finding real, live cowboys in Texas, but the pickin's are easy in Bandera, which has branded itself the Cowboy Capital of Texas. There are certainly lots of dude ranches around, and rodeos and horseback riding are easy to come by.
Desert Caballeros Western Museum
The Spirit of the Cowboy collection examines the raw materials behind the cowboy myth, showcasing bridles and saddles, bits and spurs, and even some angora woolies. Hopi kachina dolls, colorful Arizona minerals and eye-catching art by Western artists, including Charles M Russell and Frederic Remington, are additional highlights.
Wild Western USA
Journey into the remote wilds of the western USA on this exceptional grassroots adventure that takes in California and Nevada's biggest attractions. Get a taste of fast-paced Los Angeles, spend a night camped out in Joshua Tree National Park and perhaps try your luck in louder-than-life Las Vegas.
Canyon Trail Rides
You can make reservations anytime for the upcoming year but, unlike mule trips on the South Rim, you can usually book a trip upon your arrival at the park; just duck inside the lodge to the Mule Desk . Mule rides from the North Rim don't go into the canyon as far as the Colorado River, but the half-day trip gives a taste of life below the rim.
Billy the Kid Museum
With more than 60,000 privately owned items on display, this place is more than just a museum about the famous outlaw. It's a veritable shrine, almost a research institution. Indian artifacts and items from late-19th-century frontier life fill many rooms.
Goldfield Ghost Town
It's billed as the only authentic ghost town in the valley, suggesting there are some inauthentic ones waiting to be discovered.
Old Tucson Studios
Nicknamed 'Hollywood in the Desert,' this old movie set of Tucson in the 1860s was built in 1939 for the filming of Arizona . Hundreds of flicks followed, bringing in an entire galaxy of stars, including Clint Eastwood, Harrison Ford and Leonardo DiCaprio. Now a Wild West theme park, it's mostly mom, pop, buddy and sis who are shuffling down its dusty streets.
Echo Basin Ranch
Traveling with horse? Stop for the night at Echo Basin Ranch, an affordable unstructured dude ranch. The A-frame cabin accommodation is very cool (as long as you don’t mind rustic, and by that we mean basic)...
Arizona Ghost Towns and Wild-West Day Trip from Las Vegas
Experience the real Wild West on a day trip from Las Vegas to Arizona’s ghost towns. Drive along Historic Route 66 and enjoy a photo opportunity at the mighty Hoover Dam.
Cheyenne Frontier Days
If you've never seen a steer wrestler leap into action, this very Western event is bound to brand an impression. Beginning in late July, this is Wyoming's largest celebration. Crowds come from around the Rockies for 10 days of rodeos, concerts, dances, air shows, chili cook-offs and other shindigs. If you tire of the dusty action, check out the art sale and 'Indian village.'
Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad
Riding the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad is a Durango must. These vintage steam locomotives have been making the scenic 45-mile trip north to Silverton (3½ hours each way) for more than 125 years. The dazzling journey allows two hours for exploring Silverton. This trip operates only from May through October. Check online for different winter options.
Silver Dollar Saloon
Now, if it's something cold or stiff you're after, or, you know, both, take your booty to this log-cabin saloon that's been (mostly) open since 1879. They've even preserved the wooden boardwalk (the original sidewalk) out front Inside, the walls are an ornate gold, the bar is antique timber, there's shuffle board, ball games, and bar flies do linger.
Wild West Sunset Horseback Ride with Dinner
Leaving your morning free to explore Las Vegas, ride into the sunset on an afternoon horseback riding adventure. Discover lands once used by Indians and legendary cowboys as you spot big horn sheep, jack rabbits and road runners. Your all inclusive horseback adventure includes a cowboy BBQ dinner and roundtrip transportation from Las Vegas.
Twenty-five miles south of Reno, this national historic landmark is the site where the legendary Comstock Lode was struck, sparking a silver bonanza that began in 1859 and stands as one of the world's richest strikes. During the 1860s gold rush, Virginia City was a high-flying, rip-roaring Wild West boomtown.
Oregon Trail Interpretive Park
This park gives a visceral feeling of what travel was like for Oregon Trail pioneers crossing the Blue Mountains. A half-mile, paved interpretive path winds through the forest to ruts left by pioneer wagons – still visible after 150 years. The center is 13 miles west of La Grande and 3 miles on well-marked roads from the freeway exit.