Scottsdale’s cultural roots run deep, from the area’s first inhabitants, the Hohokam, to the cowboys, ranchers and farmers that followed in the late 1800s. Discover the area’s rich Western and Native American heritage through live performances, thrilling adventures, seasonal events, and outstanding art and museum exhibitions.
The Hermosa Inn
Hand-crafted in the 1930s by cowboy artist Alonzo "Lon" Megargee, the Inn's adobe architecture has kept its old-Arizona charm while offering luxurious accommodations and amenities. Stop by The Last Drop bar to see the original painting of “The Last Drop from His Stetson,” Megargee’s iconic artwork that adorns the silk lining of all Stetson hats.
JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Inn Resort & Spa
This award-winning resort is a haven of Southwestern hospitality and charm, from its hacienda-style entry and lobby to its luxurious guestrooms and Camelback Mountain views. Take a stroll around the property and admire monumental bronze sculptures by the late acclaimed Western artist Dave McGarry.
Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Gainey Ranch
Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired architecture and stunning McDowell Mountain views are among the first things you’ll notice at this luxury resort. Those interested in the region’s cultural background won’t want to miss the Friday evening cultural performances featuring seven-time World Hoop Dance Champion Derrick Suwaima Davis (Hopi/Choctaw).
Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West
This Old Town gem, recognized as the “Nation’s Best Western Museum” by True West Magazine, celebrates the pioneer spirit of the American West through changing exhibitions of fine art, rare historic artifacts and cultural treasures. Be sure to check out the museum’s event calendar for exhibit openings and other special events.
This family-owned ranch and Scottsdale landmark has been offering fun Wild West adventures since 1970. For a taste of the Old West, indulge your inner cowboy with a trail ride on one of the Richardson family’s magnificent horses or enjoy a stagecoach or hay wagon ride. Moonlight rides and cowboy cookouts also are offered. Saddle up!
Founded in 1929, the Heard Museum is renowned as one of the country’s finest museums of Native American art and culture, both contemporary and historical. In addition to permanent and rotating exhibitions, the Heard hosts the annual World Championship Hoop Dance Competition (Feb.) and Heard Museum Guild Indian Fair & Market (March).
Rusty Spur Saloon & Handlebar J Restaurant & Saloon
These Scottsdale Country Western bars are known for their live music and colorful ambiance. Old Town’s Rusty Spur offers live music every day and night by local talent like the Psychobilly Rodeo Band. A few minutes north of Old Town, Handlebar J features live music six nights a week headlined by the famous Herndon Brothers Band (Wed.-Sun.).
Native Art Market
This seasonal event (Nov. – March) at the Pavilions at Talking Stick showcases dozens of Native American artists specializing in a variety of mediums, from weaving and pottery to stunning silver and turquoise jewelry. Live cultural performances and fresh frybread add to the fun.
Bryan’s Black Mountain Barbecue
Got a cowboy-sized hunger that only great barbecue will satisfy? Chef/Owner Bryan Dooley’s award-winning specialties at this hotspot in nearby Cave Creek include beef brisket, pork ribs, barbecue chicken and vegetarian “pulled” squash. Be sure to try Bryan’s famous Baked Potato Salad – you’re welcome!
Hand Cut Burgers & Chop House
This Old Town chop house is known for its 100 percent grass-fed and grass-finished beef. Try it out in specialties like the Meatball Mac & Cheese, Western Bacon Cheeseburger, Grilled Ribeye and Flat Iron steak. For dessert, don’t miss Hand Cut’s warm butter cake served with roasted peaches, caramel sauce and sweet cream ice cream.
Lon’s at the Hermosa Inn
Before dinner, stop by the adjacent Last Drop bar to grab a cocktail and take a gander at “The Last Drop from His Stetson,” Lon Megargee’s iconic painting we mentioned above. Then mosey over to Lon’s for farm-fresh Arizona cuisine by Chef Jeremy Pacheco. For a romantic setting, reserve a table by the fireplace on Lon’s spacious, tree-lined patio.