Chandler, Arizona: Rawhide Wild West Town

Fake western town bought by an Indian tribe and moved from its previous fake location. Rough Rider stunt show, Widowmaker Mechanical Bull, steakhouse. 2017: No longer offers public hours.

Rawhide Western Town & Event Center

5700 West North Loop Rd, Chandler, AZ
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.
No public hours. Private events only. (Call to verify) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
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Rawhide Wild West Town

Rawhide is now closed to the general public. Currently it is only open for special events, mostly concerts and raves. It was very sad to see it close.

[Bret, 12/15/2017]

The Phoenix area still has the excellent Wild West tourist attraction town of Goldfield.


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.

[ 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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