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.
South of the river and just west of downtown OKC, Oklahoma’s Western Heritage lives on - virtually untouched since the middle of the 20th century. Located at the crossroads of Agnew and Exchange, Historic Stockyards City serves up a hearty slice of the Old West, so clear a day and shine up your boots, because you’re going to spend some time kicking it in Historic Stockyards City.
Grab your binoculars and hit the road to get up close and personal with the noble American bison.
From guided trail rides in a state park to riding the fences at a guest ranch, Oklahoma offers plenty of opportunities for you to experience horseback riding fun with your family. If you have your own horses, the state's equestrian campgrounds beckon you to explore our outdoor treasures.
Oklahoma’s outlaw tales will transport you to the dusty days of yesteryear when six-shooter pistols and vigilantes terrorized Indian Territory.
With several world-class museums dedicated to our Old West heritage, Oklahoma boasts the most comprehensive collections of Western art in the world. But you'll find more than just great works of art, you'll also be transported back to the days when the cowboy lifestyle reigned supreme.
The Western experience in Oklahoma isn’t limited to grownups. Even little buckaroos will find plenty of ways to experience ranch life and living history without having to ride a 2,000-pound bull or rope a steer.