Rawhide Western Town & Event Center is considered Arizona's largest western-themed attraction.
Activities at Rawhide can be broken down into several categories.
- Attractions and shows: gunfights and stunt shows
- Activities: ride a mechanical bull, go gold panning, play cowboy games, watch a real blacksmith, rock climbing, petting zoo, ride the kiddie coaster, take a train ride. Some activities have height or weight or age restrictions.
- More Western Fun: Take old west photos of your family in western garb or have someone arrested.
- Shopping: Clothing, hats, toys, gifts -- you might come to Rawhide just for the shopping.
- The Rawhide Steakhouse and Saloon with live entertainment will be your choice for a full, sit-down western meal.
It used to be in Scottsdale, but in 2006 Rawhide moved to Chandler, Arizona at the Gila River Indian Community. Here's a map and directions to Rawhide.
Tickets for Rawhide's Events and Attractions
There is no admission charge to enter Rawhide (except for occasional special events). That means you can go to the restaurants or the saloon, visit the shops and walk around Main Street without buying tickets for anything. If you want to visit an attraction or go on a ride, prices are posted and tickets are available at several ticket booths on Main Street. The "Town Pass" is good for one attraction or show. The Town Pass may not be offered during the summer months. The Town Pass does not include the Shooting Gallery, Photo Emporium, Arrest-A-Guest or Shotgun Weddings; those have separate charges.
The wristband allows you to enjoy all the shows and attractions as many times as they'd like in one day.
Rawhide's days of operation are seasonal. Call for hours, and call for special holiday hours. Rawhide also has rodeo grounds, and lots of space for cookouts, conference events, and parties. Private event bookings are available for any day of the week.
If you are coming in from out of town, and you aren't staying at Wild Horse Pass, hotels in Chandler will be close to Rawhide.
Things To Know Before You Go to Rawhide
If you've never been to Rawhide Western Town before, here are a few things that you might want to know.
- During the summer months, Rawhide is only open in the evenings.
- No pets are allowed.
- No guns are allowed.
- No food or beverages are allowed to be brought into Rawhide. There is a steakhouse and bar on the property.
- Wear your comfortable walking shoes. Rawhide is a big place, and the streets are all dirt, so closed shoes might be preferable over sandals.
- If your kids are young, bring a stroller.
- If you're brave, try the Rawhide Rattler or Rocky Mountain Oysters at Rawhide Steakhouse.
- The Six Gun Theater (bleachers) and the Spirit of the West Theater (folding chairs) can both fill up, but all seats are good seats. Get the show schedule upon arriving and plan your time accordingly. Shows last about 15 - 20 minutes.
- Sundown cookouts include a hay wagon ride, full western dinner, music, and entertainment. Perfect for a special occasion or just a family night out.
- If you are looking for a large selection of cowboy hats and boots, or some unusual western-type gifts or clothing, Rawhide might be the place for you. Since there's no admission charge except on a very few special event days, you can visit Rawhide just to shop (but you'll have to pay to park).
For more information, contact the Rawhide at 480-502-5600 or visit Rawhide Western Town and Event Center online.