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The Wild, Wild West
Much of Arizona's history is rooted in western cowboy culture that still permeates the state. Although gunfights and horses are no longer commonplace on the streets, the maverick spirit is still alive and well. Learn to be a cowboy at Arizona Cowboy College. Discover the secrets of cowboy cuisine such as cast iron cooking with contemporary twists at the James Beard award-winning Roaring Fork. Pass through the swinging, wooden doors of the Rusty Spur Saloon for a glimpse at Scottsdale's Old West roots. Pull up a stool at the 125-year-old Palace Saloon on Prescott's Whiskey Row and you just might be sitting where Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday once bellied up to the bar.

Learn about Rex Allen, the "Arizona Cowboy," original cowboy legend, and voice behind more than 150 Walt Disney characters, at the Rex Allen Arizona Cowboy Museum and Willcox Cowboy Hall of Fame in Willcox. Rope, wrangle and relax at one of Arizona's dude ranches--from rustic to luxurious, there are accommodations for every cowboy-in-training. Relive the most famous gunfight of all time between the Earp's and the Clanton's at the OK Corral in Tombstone, The Town Too Tough to Die. Experience the softer side of the Old West at the Arizona Folklore Preserve in Ramsey Canyon, where Arizona's songs, legends, poetry, and myths are collected, presented for audiences of today, and preserved for the enrichment of future generations. Relax at the Hermosa Inn, the former home of cowboy artist Lon Megargee of Stetson hat art fame.
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