Your stay here in Tucson will be filled with opportunities to appreciate the art and music of the cultures that the city is built on. When it comes to its wild western roots, Tucson doesn’t just stimulate your viewing pleasure, it demands your participation. The city’s wild desert location is testament to the unique brand of strength and willpower so many western towns are built on. During your visit, take time to enjoy modern country western culture and pay homage to the cow-folk who came before you.
To get in touch with your inner cowpoke, start with your palate. You will be treated to a tantalizing array of western dishes in this former pioneer-town. A smart place to begin is the award-winning Silver Saddle Steakhouse. It’s modest exterior contrasts with the rich selection of mouth-watering dishes within, including signature steaks which are prepared traditionally on a custom-built mesquite grill. The west was built on the flavor of a delicious bite of premium beef. Once you have experienced yours, you are ready to rodeo.
Tucson hosts several remarkable rodeos. The largest is La Fiesta de los Vaqueros, which has provided mid-winter entertainment to Tucsonians since 1925. The longest-running rodeo is the Sonoita Rodeo, which takes place in September and has done so since 1915. Another must-see rodeo event is the Tohono O’Odham National Rodeo and Fair, an all-Indian rodeo which was first held in 1938. Spend an evening watching rough and tough cowboys match brain and brawn against some of the toughest and most ornery livestock in the West!
After a good meal and some rodeo excitement, it is time to hit the dance floor. Tucson has many country western bars to choose from, many offering free line-dancing lessons and live music. The Maverick is a Tucson institution, having hosted top Country music talent and given Tucsonians a place to kick up their booted heels for the last 48 years. Good beer and great company are available in spades in Tucson’s country western bar circuit, so be ready to have a good time and remember, you can leave your hat on.
If you are planning an extended stay in Tucson, you will treasure the opportunity to let your hair down and join the coyotes in a late night howl at the moon. So bring your boots. If you don’t own a pair, you will find a perfect fit at one of the city’s well-stocked western supply retailers. Once you are properly outfitted, clear some space on your itinerary for some good old fashion fun and get ready to go country, Tucson-style.