A Western roundup of events where you can experience the Old West.


Scottsdale Western Art Walk

Scottsdale, AZ, October 20: Tour classic and contemporary Western and American Indian art at Old Town galleries (our favorite is Abe Hays’s). Shown left is Patient Gunmen by Thom Ross, on exhibit at the Wilde Meyer Gallery.

480-377-9366 • ScottsdaleGalleries.com


Adults Only Week
Whitefish, MT, October 2-8: Days of cattle work, fly-fishing and trail rides, plus wagon rides, square dancing and campfire cookouts.
866-828-2900 • BarWGuestRanch.com

Range Creek Archaeology Tour
Green River, UT, October 8-9: Tour Fremont rock art at Book Cliffs and the Range Creek ranch house. Option to stay at the 1879 Tavaputs Ranch.
800-860-5262 • CanyonlandsFieldInst.org

Billy the Kid’s Regulator Ride
Lincoln, NM, October 9-14: Follow the Kid’s bloody hoofprints during the 1878-81 Lincoln County War to the Kid’s escape at Fort Sumner.
505-286-4585 • Great-American-Adventures.com

Advanced Cowgirl Camp
Gila, NM, October 9-14: Take lessons in horsemanship, round up cattle, ride to Indian ruins and compete in a mini rodeo.
575-535-2048 • DoubleERanch.com

Cowgirl Up at the Bar W
Whitefish, MT, October 9-15: Days of cattle work and fly-fishing, plus spa treatments, Montana home cooking and Country dancing.
866-828-2900 • BarWGuestRanch.com

The Tunstall Ride
Edgewood, NM, October 19-22: Enjoy a ride-by tour of the Tunstall home and one of Billy the Kid’s hideouts, or opt for the historical trail ride.
505-550-9508 • BillyTheKidTrailRides.com

Intro Cowgirl Camp
Gila, NM, October 23-28: Join fellow cowgirls-in-training to improve your riding skills and learn horsemanship at a working cattle ranch.
575-535-2048 • DoubleERanch.com


Living the Western Legend
Kerrville, TX, October 22: Works by more than 20 artists will be featured at this exhibit and sale of Western paintings and bronzes.
830-896-2553 • MuseumOfWesternArt.org

Western Horizons
Denver, CO, Closes October 23: Contemporary Realism depictions of wide open spaces and landscapes of the American West.
720-865-5000 • DenverArtMuseum.org

Collector’s Legacy
Corning, NY, Opens October 28: Contemporary Western and American Indian artworks at the heart of the Rockwell Museum’s collection.
607-937-5386 • RockwellMuseum.org

America’s Horse in Art
Amarillo, TX, Closes November 12: Steve Devenyns is the signature artist for this year’s showing of art that honors America’s horses.
806-376-5181 • AQHA.com


John Wayne Collection
Los Angeles, CA, October 6-7: An iconic eyepatch is one item up for bid out of more than 750 of the Duke’s costumes, scripts and awards.
800-872-6467 • HA.com

Historic Firearms & Early Militaria
Cincinnati, OH, October 25-26: Auction features Remington firearms, including rare Remington Beals revolvers, from the Charles Schif Collection.
513-871-1670 • CowansAuctions.com


National Cavalry Competition
El Reno, OK, Sept. 28-Oct. 1: Horsemanship competition includes authenticity in Indian Wars, Mexican-American War and Civil War portrayals.
405-262-3987 • USCavalry.org

Cowboy Mounted Shooting on the Western Trail
Vernon, TX, October 14-16: A combination of horsemanship and shooting accuracy in competition along the cattle trail blazed in 1874.
940-553-1848 • RedRiverValleyMuseum.org


Lone Pine Film Festival
Lone Pine, CA, October 7-9: Tribute to Roy Rogers, plus meet Ed Faulkner, Donna Martell, Wyatt McCrea, Peter Ford and more celebrities.
760-876-9103 • LonePineFilmFestival.org


Rex Allen Days
Willcox, AZ, Sept. 29-Oct. 2: The singing cowboy’s hometown rodeo, with a parade and concert by Rex Allen Jr. and sons.
800-200-2272 • RexAllenDays.org

Lincoln County Cowboy Symposium
Ruidoso Downs, NM, October 7-9: Try out True West’s “Best Chuckwagon Contest,” plus enjoy Western art and stories, and a Mel Tillis concert.
575-378-4431 • CowboySymposium.org

Agua Fria Festival
Dewey/Humboldt, AZ, October 8-9: Celebrates American Indian heritage with an Indian village, and native dancing and storytelling,.

Llano River Chuckwagon Cook-Off
Llano, TX, October 14-16: Chuckwagon cook-off on the banks of the Llano River, plus a ranch rodeo, live music and cowboy church.
325-247-5354 • LlanoChuckwagonCookoff.com

Southeastern Cowboy Festival and Symposium
Cartersville, GA, October 20-23: Western art history lectures, plus children activities, cowboy church and period demonstrations.
770-387-1300 • BoothMuseum.org

Helldorado Days
Tombstone, AZ, October 21-23: Tombstone’s oldest festival venerates the 1880s lifestyle with gunfight re-enactments and a parade.

Red Steagall Cowboy Gathering
Fort Worth, TX, October 21-23: Western swing and cowboy poetry, chuckwagon cook-off and rodeo at Fort Worth Stockyards. 888-269-8696

Nevada Day
Carson City, NV, October 29: Celebrates 1864 statehood with heritage parade and activities sharing theme of Nevada’s Great Outdoors.
866-683-2948 • NevadaDay.com


Walk Through History
El Paso, TX, October 15: Learn the history of some of the 60,000 permanent residents on a walk through an 1872 Texas cemetery.
915-842-8200 • ConcordiaCemetery.org


Cowboy Crossings
Oklahoma City, OK, October 14-15 Artworks by Cowboy Artists of America (through Nov. 27) and showcases of cowboy gear (through Jan 8). Shown above isWe Pointed Them North by Fred Fellows of Sonoita, Arizona.
405-478-2250 • NationalCowboyMuseum.org

Pendleton, OR, Closes October 9: Contemporary portraits of Western female ranchers and rodeo contestants, taken by Ronnie Farley.
541-966-9748 • TCIMuseum.com

Opening the Cabinet Door
Canyon, TX, October 16-31: A Comanche shield, Ghost Dance dress and church objects are among the featured American Indian artifacts.
806-651-2244 • PanhandlePlains.org

The Cowgirl Who Became a Justice: Sandra Day O’Connor
Fort Worth, TX, Opens October 26: See the cowgirl’s connections between life on the ranch and life in the U.S. Supreme Court.
817-336-4475 • Cowgirl.net

Ranch Women of New Mexico
Santa Fe, NM, Closes October 30: Ann Bromberg’s black-and-white photographs of 11 cowgirls and ranchwomen in New Mexico.
505-476-5200 • NMHistoryMuseum.org


Durango cowboy poetry gathering
Durango, CO, Sept. 29-Oct. 2: Hear cowboy poetry and mingle with the cowboy poets on a poet train trip and a trail ride.
970-749-2995 • DurangoCowboyPoetryGathering.org


Shadow Wyatt Earp

Wyatt Earp’s Vendetta Ride
Tombstone, AZ, October 16-21: Shadow Wyatt Earp and his posse’s 1882 trail of retribution, joined by historian Bob Boze Bell; end at Helldorado Days.
505-286-4585 • Great-American-Adventures.com

Fall Traders Encampment
Bartlesville, OK, Sept. 30-Oct. 1: An 1820s-40s mountain man camp features fur trade demonstrations and period wares.
918-336-0307 • Woolaroc.org

Fall Encampment
Fort Gibson, OK, October 8-9: Re-enactors stroll around 1824 military post to interpret the fort’s history up to 1890; plus a period trade show.
918-478-4088 • OKHistory.org

Cactus Jack Walking Tour
Enid, OK, Closes October 15: Re-enactments, including the fatal gunfight of Marshal Williams; plus, see historical sites of Old West pioneers.
580-242-2233 • ChisholmTrailCoalition.org


Texas Gun Collectors Show
Fort Worth, TX, October 14-16: A showcase of historical and modern firearms and edged weapons at the Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame.
210-323-9519 • TexasGunCollectorsShow.com

Holiday Country Expo
Ontario, CA, October 14-16: More than 100 Country Christmas vendors, plus an Old West Fast Draw competition and BBQ.


Silver Spur awards
Studio City, CA, October 14: Reel Cowboys organization presents awards that honor modern-day Western films, TV shows and music.
800-337-7787 • ReelCowboys.org


Wild Horse and Burro Adoptions
Carson City, NV, October 8: Wild horses and burros from Western states offered for adoption to folks providing long-term care.
775-861-6400 BLM.gov

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