Travel Classics Writers Conference October 2009 in Scottsdale, Arizona

Travel Classics West 2009
Pre- and Post-Conference Familiarization Tours

Wanna Be a Cowboy?

Learn to rope and ride with the best of 'em at Arizona Cowboy College you'll be exposed to authentic cowboy skills at a working cattle ranch. After a two-day tutorial, attendees spend the next four days on a camping expedition where they work side-by-side with cowboys. At Fort McDowell Adventures, guests take a horseback ride in the desert and round up cattle while they're at it.

Relive the Old West at Rawhide Western Town & Steakhouse at Wild Horse Pass. The 1880's town provides a full day of family adventure, including more than 20 rides, games and attractions, and daily performances by the high-fallin' Rough Rider stunt men. If you like to shop, check out the 15 Western stores.

Head 'em off at the pass at Reata Pass Steakhouse, a restored 1880s stagecoach stop that's been featured in everything from "Raising Arizona" to "Bonanza" and now serves as a kitschy, cowboy-themed chophouse. Located next door, it doesn't get more authentic than Greasewood Flat, a 120-year-old bunkhouse-turned-saloon that dishes out two-fisted burgers, cold beer and live Western music under a starry sky. Pass through the swinging, wooden doors of the Rusty Spur Saloon for a glimpse of Scottsdale's Old West roots or enjoy a green chili burger, a brew and classic Western tunes under the stars at Greasewood Flat.

The Phippen Museum is home to the annual Western Art Show and Sale every Memorial Day weekend and also features rotating exhibits on a quarterly basis in additional to providing educational programs for children and adults.

Saba's Western Wear in downtown Scottsdale has been an Arizona tradition for more than 70 years and made its home in downtown Scottsdale when coyotes were still roaming freely and the main mode of transportation was horseback. From hats, boots, and clothing for men, women and children, this family owned and operated business is the place to find all of your cowboy life staples.

Head to downtown Scottsdale to throw back a few cold ones at the "last real cowboy saloon," the Rusty Spur. It's a hotspot for locals, travelers and cowboys (real and the weekend kind) and was originally built in 1921 as Scottsdale's first bank.

Bordering the pristine Prescott National Forest is Granite Mountain Stables, where the ultimate Western adventure awaits. From horseback rides and special Saturday evening BBQ's, to specially arranged trail ride adventures on remote trails, Granite Mountain Stables brings you the experience that takes you back to the Old West.
LAST BUT NOT LEAST: Arizona's Native Roots
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