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Arizona's Rawhide Wild West Town

By AZ Leisure Staff Writers

Located south of Phoenix, Rawhide is a trek back in time to the exciting days of the old west. Visitors to the Valley of Sun should not miss a chance to experience the acclaimed Rawhide Steakhouse and Saloon, not to mention all the other attractions that Rawhide boasts for people of all ages. From the desert train to old time gunfights, to real camel rides, Rawhide is an adventure for travelers from near and far.

The Rawhide Steakhouse and Saloon

Some people visit town just to eat at this fine eatery. Unique appetizers like "fried rattlesnake" lure travelers to this western-style restaurant that has all the right fixings like steaks, barbeque, and prime rib. The saloon offers a wide variety of drinks and there is live entertainment to accompany the meals.

Rawhide Attractions

This wild western town offers a wide array of attractions that make it a must-see destination for any trip to Phoenix. The warm western hospitality and the incredible scenery provide a terrific backdrop for the following attractions:

The Six Gun Theatre and Rawhide Rough Riders put on a memorable stunt show complete with mesmerizing falls, explosions, and gun fights. They capture all the daring excitement of nineteenth century life in a western town.

The Widow Maker, also known as a mechanical bull, is for daring guests to show off their rodeo skills and impress the locals. With kicks and bucks, this mechanical bull will provide you with plenty of laughs and thrills.

The Desert Train Ride is a more relaxed way to skirt the town and enjoy a desert day's beauty or a great sunset. A perfect way to kick back after a meal, a ride on the train is a fun excursion for the whole family.

The Butterfield Stagecoach and its mule team offer visitors a chance to experience nineteenth century desert travel. The beautiful Sonoran Desert provides an enchanting backdrop for this memorable coach ride.

The Spirit of the West Theatre offers a myriad of western performances that captivate audience after audience. Trick roping and gun twirling are just the tip of the performance ceburg. The theatre boasts a great schedule of shows throughout the day.

Camel Rides are a new feature of Rawhide and sure to be a hit with everyone age three and up. Experience desert travel on the back of this unique creature that seems right at home in the blazing Arizona heat.

Gold Panning is another popular activity around Rawhide. Visitors can try their luck at this attraction and discover what it was really like to search for gold in the desert sun.

Other attractions include the Shootin' Gallery, Shotgun Weddings, Arrest-A-Guest, Burro Rides, Main Street Mayhem, and Petting Ranch.

Directions To Rawhide

The Rawhide Wild West Town is easy to reach from anywhere in the valley. Take the I-10 Freeway South, and take the 162 exit at Wild Horse Pass Boulevard. Head west to 48th Street. From here, signs will spell out the route to this exciting trip back in time. Rawhide is located nearby the Wild Horse Pass Resort, Gila River Wild Horse Casino and the Whirlwind Golf Courses.

More Information

Rawhide Wild West Town Website

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