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 Scottsdale’s rich Western and Native American heritage through live performances, thrilling adventures, seasonal events, and outstanding art and museum exhibitions.
Explore the Sonoran Desert the way Arizona’s first cowboys did! Local stables like MacDonald’s Ranch are experts at matching both novices and experienced riders with the ideal horses for a fun and exciting trail ride.
Tour time: 2 to 4 hours
Scoot Your Boots
Polish your boot-scootin’ skills with free dance lessons at Handlebar J, home of the Herndon Brothers Band. Or, mosey on over to downtown’s Rusty Spur Saloon where the Psychobilly Rodeo Band and other talented performers provide live music seven days and nights a week.
Try on Cowboy Couture
Saba’s Western Wear in downtown Scottsdale has been outfitting cowboys and cowgirls for more than 80 years. Try on the latest Western fashions, including jeans, pearl-button shirts and chic cowboy boots.
Savor Contemporary Cuisine
At Roaring Fork, you’ll enjoy wood-fire cooking that combines elegant flavors with a rugged, cowboy edge. Specialties include the Cedar Plank Salmon, Braised Beef Short Ribs, Green Chili Mac & Cheese, and the famous “Big Ass” Burger.
Travel Back to the 1880s at Rawhide
Rawhide at Wild Horse Pass is one of Arizona’s largest Western-themed attractions. Gunslingers, saloon girls, stunt shows, stagecoach rides and an authentic town jail are all part of the family-friendly fun!
Tour time: 2 to 6 hours
Experience Native Trails
Don’t miss Native Trails, a series of free noontime performances that celebrates Native American culture through song, dance, art and food. Native Trails is held most Thursdays and Saturdays from mid-January through mid-April at Scottsdale Civic Center Park from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Tour time: 90 minutes to 2 hours
Explore the Heard Museum
The Heard Museum is world renowned for its outstanding collection of Native American art and cultural artifacts from the tribes of the Southwest. The museum also hosts the annual World Hoop Dance Championships (February) and Heard Museum Guild Indian Fair & Market (March).
Tour time: 1 to 2 hours
Discover Pueblo Grande
Gain insight into the culture and lifestyle of the ancient Hohokam at Pueblo Grande Museum & Archeological Park. Ruins of a Hohokam village and replicas of traditional houses are easily accessible along a 2/3-mile interpretive trail.
Tour time: 1 to 2 hours
Enjoy Free Native American Dance Performances
Stop by the Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort and Spa at Gainey Ranch on Fridays at 5 p.m. for a free performance of Native American music and dance, including championship-level hoop dancing.
Tour time: 30 minutes