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A cool cowboy experience in hot Arizona.

If you’ve always fancied having a cowboy/cowgirl experience, attracted by the wide open spaces, Stetsons and camaraderie around the camp fire, you’re not the only one. Arizona's red rock country has a special attraction all of its own and a long ‘ride ‘em’ tradition, which continues to draw travellers to the old wild west.

You can make your dream a reality by visiting the area, getting dust on your boots and participating in a number of cool cowboy/girl experiences. We’ve chosen the following as recommended by BBC Travel.

What could be more ‘wild west’ than a shootout at the OK Corral? The famous gunfight took place in 1881 at the OK Corral, Tombstone, between brothers Earp and Doc Holliday and members of the Clanton cowboy gang. Fights are re-enacted at 2 pm, so go along, join in the fun and see how quick you are on the draw.

If you prefer more peaceful activities, head for Wickenburg and book a dude ranch adventure through the Arizona Dude Ranch Association. Flying E Ranch, for example, offers horseback riding, cookouts, line dancing, and, for the brave, wrangling. If you’re in need of a drink afterwards, get a copy of the Chamber of Commerce’s handout ‘Prescott Pub Crawl’ for a list of saloons where you can down a few whiskeys at the bar.

Monument Valley, Navajo Tribal Park is simply breathtaking and arguably THE symbol of the American West. Travel the 17-mile loop on Highway 163 through Navajo Country for some amazing scenery. Ride ‘em cowboy!

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