Have you ever wanted to see what life was like back before Arizona even became a state? If you want to go where the Old West is still alive, then Rawhide is the place for you.
Rawhide began back in the late 1800’s as a frontier town, started by Charles “Rawhide” Rawley, a tradesman who wanted to start a town and his own store to provide goods, services and jobs for other settlers in the area.
People began to settle there; a town was soon born, and that town eventually grew into the Rawhide that we can enjoy today. In fact, many of Rawhide’s more famous shops are run by the descendants of the people who originally built them.
Rawhide offers many different attractions celebrating its history and the spirit of the Old West. While you’re there, you can enjoy activities, including live-action stunt shows, a train ride around the town, burro rides for the kids, gold panning, rock climbing, and so much more.
Of course, the attractions aren’t the only reason to enjoy Rawhide; there’s also a good variety of shops to visit if you want a souvenir to bring back. Among others, there’s a blacksmith, a shop where you can buy Wild West-themed clothes, a candy store, a toy store and, of course, the Rawhide General Store that started it all.
Finally, there’s the biggest shop of all, the main attraction in the entire town — the world-famous Rawhide Steakhouse & Golden Belle Saloon, where you can dine on the finest Western-themed meals. Whether you’re in the mood for steak, barbecue or anything else, it’s all here, and it’s all served to live music and occasionally other live entertainment.
So if you want to see a piece of Arizona history, and a place where the West is still very much “wild,” then Rawhide’s a place you definitely won’t want to miss.
If You Go: Rawhide at Wild Horse Pass
5700 W. North Loop Rd., Chandler