Chandler, Arizona: Rawhide Western City

Fake western town bought by an Indian tribe and moved from its previous fake location.

Rawhide Wild West Town

Address:
5700 West North Loop Rd, Chandler, AZ
Directions:
Wild Horse Pass on the Gila Indian Reservation. South of downtown Phoenix, I-10 East Exit 162,right on Wild Horse Pass Boulevard to 48th Street. At light turn south (left) onto 48th Street. Follow signs, go west (right) on West North Loop Road.
Hours:
W-Th 5-10, F 5-11, Sa 12-11, Su 12-10 (Call to verify)
Phone:
480-502-5600
Admission:
Free. Attractions require tickets.
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Rawhide. Rawhide Western City

More for small children under 6-7.

[Jen, 02/25/2013]

...but accompanied by adults, of course. No toddler gun fights.

Rawhide Western City

Rawhide, at one time an after-work/weekend fake western town attraction in Scottsdale, rolled up its main street in 2005 and moved to a new location on the Gila Indian Reservation. Operating times are still after 5 pm and on weekends, admission is free, and the attractions require tickets.

The new Rawhide, judging from their promo literature, is slicker, but still offers gunslinger shootouts, stagecoach rides, and a 1880s style steakhouse experience. Visitors can hop on a miniature train through the desert, pan for gold, climb Deadman's Drop (an artificial climbing rock), or ride a burro. The photo op is "Arrest-A-Guest," where the sheriff locks up your family and then sells you photos of their incarceration.

We visited the 35+-year old Rawhide attraction a couple times while it was in Scottsdale, though we don't recall much. They had a display including Geronimo's moccasins and Tom Mix's boots. You could eat a steak dinner with all the fixin's.

[Roadsideamerica.com Team, 03/11/2007]

July 2008: Rawhide has just reopened its Wild West Museum. The moccasins and boots may still be here, but the featured exhibit now is Billy the Kid's mailbox.

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