In the spirit of our Wild West cover story, we offer this round-up of Western-themed amenities and services in the Valley.
Arizona Cowboy College
If you’re looking to learn how to lasso a wild mustang (or just how to ride a tame one), this is a great place to start.
30208 N. 152nd St., Scottsdale
See relics of Arizona’s Old West past and learn more about the cowboys, outlaws, and leaders that shaped the state at one of these local museums.
The Arizona Historical Society
1300 N. College Ave., Tempe
The AZHS’ massive collection of historic photos, documents, and items must be seen to be believed.
Cave Creek Museum
6140 E. Skyline Dr., Cave Creek
Exhibits include artifacts from the Hohokam, Apache and Yavapai.
Shooting ranges and gun clubs:
There are many places to shoot firearms around the Valley. A handful are listed below. Call individual ranges and clubs for specifics on their lanes and fees.
Ben Avery Shooting Facility
4044 W. Black Canyon Blvd., Phoenix
856 E. Isabella Ave., Mesa
Phoenix Rod and Gun Club
915 W. Olney Ave., Phoenix
Rio Salado Sportsmans Club
3960 N. Usery Pass Rd., Mesa
Scottsdale Gun Club
14860 N. Northsight Blvd., Scottsdale
“Wild West” theme parks:
To see re-enactments of Arizona’s Wild West days, including stunt shootouts and replicas of Western towns, visit one of these Valley theme parks.
Rawhide Western Town
5700 W. North Loop Rd., Chandler
Rockin R Ranch
6136 E. Baseline Rd., Mesa
Pioneer Arizona Living History Museum
3901 W. Pioneer Rd., Phoenix
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