From Arkansas to Alaska, from Texas to Montana, True West Magazine for sixty years has dedicated itself to traveling along America’s byways and highways in search of the most historic and unique places to visit, relax and experience the heritage of the West.

Our annual Heritage Travel Guide is filled with many of our favorite towns, parks, forts, hotels, saloons and restaurants. We hope that our guide will help you plan an adventure of a lifetime in the land we love, the American West. See you on down the road!

Best Place to Live Like an
Old West Cowboy

Editor’s Choice: Cave Creek, AZ

Reader’s Choice: Tombstone, AZ

Best Old West Gunfighter Town

Editor’s Choice: Calico, CA

Reader’s Choice: Tombstone, AZ

Best Preserved Pioneer Town

Editor’s Choice: Lincoln, NM

Reader’s choice: Stuhr Museum of the Prairie Pioneer, Grand Island, NE

Best Old West Art Town

Editor’s Choice: Jackson Hole, WY

Reader’s Choice: Santa Fe, NM

Best Town for Historical Entertainment

Editor’s Choice: Deadwood, SD

Reader’s Choice: Tombstone, AZ

Best Architecturally-Preserved
Western Town

Editor’s Choice: Virginia City, NV

Reader’s Choice: Virginia City, NV

Best Historical Town Tour

Editor’s Choice: Bisbee, AZ

Reader’s Choice: Dodge City, KS

Best Promotion of a Historical Place

Editor’s Choice: Fort Smith, AK

Reader’s Choice: Dodge City, KS

Best Old West Town to Live In

Editor’s Choice: Cody, WY

Reader’s Choice: Prescott, AZ

Best Historical Cemetery of the West

Editor’s Choice: Concordia, El Paso, TX

Reader’s Choice: Boot Hill, Tombstone, AZ

Best Preserved Historical Fort of
the West

Editor’s Choice: Fort Davis, TX

Reader’s Choice: Fort Larned, KS

Best Historical Railroad of the West

Editor’s Choice: Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, Durango, CO

Reader’s Choice: Mount Rainier Scenic Railroad, Elbe, WA

Best Preservation of a Historical
Western Building

Editor’s Choice: Windsor Hotel, CO

Reader’s Choice: Buffalo Bill Ranch, NE

Best Preserved Historical Trail

Editor’s Choice: Oregon Trail

Reader’s Choice: Santa Fe Trail

Best Preservation Effort of the West

Editor’s Choice: National Ranching Heritage Center, Lubbock, TX

Reader’s Choice: Dodge City, KS

Best “Who Slept Here?” Hotel

Editor’s Choice: La Fonda, Santa Fe, NM

Reader’s Choice: Irma Hotel, Cody, WY

Best Heritage Hotel

Reader’s Choice: Strater Hotel, Durango,

Editor’s Choice: Irma Hotel, Cody, WY

Best Heritage Bed & Breakfast

Editor’s Choice: Ellis Store, Lincoln NM

Reader’s Choice: Boot Hill Bed & Breakfast,
Dodge City, KS

Best Historical Saloon of the West

Editor’s Choice: Bucket of Blood Saloon,
Virginia City, NV

Reader’s Choice: Crystal Palace Saloon,
Tombstone, AZ


Editor’s Choice: Garrett AT Gold, Garrett Metal Detectors, Garland, TX

Reader’s Choice: White’s Metal Detectors,
Sweet Home, OR

Best Historical Restaurant

Editor’s Choice: Pink Adobe, Santa Fe, NM

Reader’s Choice: Buckhorn Exchange, Denver, CO

Best Chuckwagon Cook-off

Editor’s Choice: Lincoln County Cowboy Symposium, Ruidoso, NM

Reader’s Choice: Llano River Chuckwagon Cook-off, Llano, TX

Best Chuckwagon Show & Supper

Editor’s Choice: Bar D Chuckwagon, Durango, CO

Reader’s Choice: Sons of the Pioneers Chuckwagon Dinner Show, Branson, MO

Best Heritage Guest Ranch

Editor’s Choice: White Stallion Ranch, Tucson, AZ

Reader’s Choice: Rancho de los Caballeros, Wickenburg, AZ

Best Old West Mounted Re-enactment

Editor’s Choice: Defeat of Jesse James Days, Northfield, MN

Reader’s Choice: Custer’s Last Ride, Little Bighorn Battlefield, MT

Best Old West Re-enactment Group

Editor’s Choice: Dr. Buck’s Wild Bunch

Reader’s Choice: Six Guns and Shady Ladies

Best Wild West Show

Editor’s Choice: Wild Western Festival, Glendale, AZ

Reader’s Choice: Don Endsley’s Great American Wild West Show (Various)

Best Cowboy Poetry Gathering

Editor’s Choice: Cochise Cowboy Poetry and Music Gathering, Sierra Vista, AZ

Reader’s Choice: National Cowboy Poetry Gathering, Elko, NV

Best Cowboy Music Gathering

Editor’s Choice: Santa Clarita Cowboy Music Festival, Santa Clarita, CA

Reader’s Choice: National Cowboy Symposium and Celebration, Lubbock, TX


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