Discover everything the Wild West has to offer!
Explore the geography, history, and tall tales of the American frontier that began in Colorado and beyond. From authentic western wear to bison viewing, plan your western-inspired visit with these stops along the way.
Once home to Native American hunting grounds, the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge provides habitat to thousands of native animals, plants, and insects. This 15,000-acre preserve is located near Aurora is open to the public. Hike more than 10 miles of trail to discover wildlife including bison, pronghorn deer, black-footed ferrets, and burrowing owls. Visitors are also welcome to drive on the 11-mile wildlife access trial to see animals.
Explore Colorado’s natural habitat on horseback. 12 Mile Stables leads guided horse riding on more than 27 miles of trials and 3,000 acres of open space in Cherry Creek State Park. Ideal for families and children, the horses at 12 Mile Stables are seasoned trail-riders. During the warmer months, discover their sunset ride complete with dinner and spectacular views.
Discover a community rooted in western culture at the Arapahoe County Fairgrounds. Home to the annual Arapahoe County Fair every July, visitors throughout the year can also enjoy the events center through public events including horse shows, craft fairs, and other western-themed events. Learn more about upcoming events on their website.
Grab your dancing boots! Stampede is a country-western themed bar that features line dancing, ladies’ nights, and drink specials. A staple in the Aurora community, Stampede hosts various live bands throughout the week and weekend. Expect a nightclub scene complete with dancing and various bars.
Discover rodeos, horse shows, and more at the National Western Complex. Host to events year-round including country concerts, all-star rodeo finals, and even alpaca shows – the National Western Complex has also been the home of Colorado’s largest show, National Western Stock Show since 1906. Check their events calendar to plan your visit.
Get the quality western wear you’ve been looking for, including custom cowboy boots at Corral Western Wear. A staple in the Aurora community for decades, this family-owned western shop sells everything you need to top off your look. From shelves lined with cowboy hats to ranch clothing and even home goods that make perfect souvenirs, you’ll find something western-inspired with ease.
Take a step back in time at the Aurora Plains Conservation Center. This 1,100-acre homestead highlights the lifestyles of Colorado’s earliest pioneers and has an on-site nature center. Explore the traditional style teepees, hike around the unpaved trails or grab a map and learn about the history of this site. Plains Conservation Center host a variety of themed events, including wagon rides throughout the year, visit their website to learn more.
Discover the life of one of the most notorious faces of the Wild West. Buffalo Bill’s Grave and Museum highlights the life of William F. Cody, a bison hunter, and early showman during the 19th century. Buried at the top of Lookout Mountain just outside of Aurora, visitors are welcome to view his grave site and tour the museum which showcases artifacts from his lifetime.