• Celebrate Oklahoma's Western heritage by kicking up your boot heels and unleashing your inner cowboy.

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Western Heritage and Cowboys

Head to Oklahoma for an authentic look into the Old West. From nationally acclaimed Western Heritage museums to relaxing guest ranches, the Sooner State has a rich history for you to explore. Whether you're looking for an action-packed getaway complete with mock shootouts or want to mosey through a frontier prairie town on the hunt for some ice cold sarsaparilla, you're sure to find your Western adventure here.

Cheer on skilled cowboys and cowgirls at an exciting Oklahoma rodeo like the Will Rogers Memorial Rodeo or the Freedom Rodeo and Old Cowhand Reunion, or learn about the American cowboy experience during cattle drive events at the Chisholm Trail Heritage Center in Duncan. After a full day of riding and roping, savor a tasty meal cooked over the campfire at one of Oklahoma's guest ranches, where you'll be treated to the ultimate Western experience complete with horseback rides and chuckwagon dinners.

Learn how the West was won with a trip to the Fort Washita Historic Site or Historic Fort Reno where living history events are held throughout the year. Visit the the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City, where you'll see vast displays of internationally renowned Western art by masters like Remington, Russell and Bierstadt and browse top notch exhibits on everything from life as a ranch hand to singing cowboys of the silver screen. Come celebrate Oklahoma's Western heritage and unleash your inner cowboy.

 
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Sprinkled with history centers, landmarks and countless trail stories, the Chisholm Trail is known as a wonder of the Western world. The trail runs along what is now U.S. 81 and vehicles can traverse the route more efficiently than the chuck wagons and cattle drivers of pioneer days, making the trip perfect for the adventure seeker and history buff alike. read more

Drive U.S. Highway 183 through western Oklahoma following the cattle drive trails where cowboys worked in the wide-open spaces. read more

Oklahoma is steeped in country and western music tradition and has produced some of the brightest stars in the industry. Catch some of Oklahoma’s country and western singing sensations and scoot your boots at our dancehalls, festivals and musical venues. read more

From stunt riding to shootouts to the Opry, Oklahoma offers plenty of Western fun. read more




 
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