Friday, October 31, 2014

Wild West Makeover

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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
480-471-3151
www.cowboycollege.com

Museums:
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
480-929-0292
arizonahistoricalsociety.org
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
480-488-2764
www.cavecreekmuseum.org
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
623-582-4557
www.azgfd.gov/outdoor_recreation/ben_avery.shtml

Caswells
856 E. Isabella Ave., Mesa
480-497-5141
www.caswells.com

Phoenix Rod and Gun Club
915 W. Olney Ave., Phoenix
602-276-0510
www.phoenixrodandgun.org

Rio Salado Sportsmans Club
3960 N. Usery Pass Rd., Mesa
480-984-9610
www.riosaladosportsmans.com

Scottsdale Gun Club
14860 N. Northsight Blvd., Scottsdale
480-348-1111
www.scottsdalegunclub.com

“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
480-502-5600
www.rawhide.com

Rockin R Ranch
6136 E. Baseline Rd., Mesa
480-832-1539
temp.rockinr.net

Pioneer Arizona Living History Museum
3901 W. Pioneer Rd., Phoenix
623-465-1052
www.pioneer-arizona.com

 

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