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Slipping into the skin of a cowboy (or cowgirl)? Nothing could be easier in Arizona!  

Ranches, saloons, rodeos, country dances – there’s plenty of opportunity to put on your cowboy boots and immerse yourself in the atmosphere of the Wild West, past and present.  

Whatever their level of horseback riding, budding cowboys can enjoy magnificent rides near Phoenix. Ponderosa Stables takes visitors to admire the view of the city from the top of South Mountain.  

Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Hotel partners with KOLI Equestrian Center to offer private rides and hayrides.  

Located in Mesa, the Saguaro Lake Guest Ranch offers 1-hour or 1.5-hour rides along the Salt River. 

Barrel racing, lassoing and bull rodeo: visitors can watch these popular competitions, which are also a real spectacle. Arizona is home to two of the world’s oldest rodeos: Prescott, in early July, and Payson, in August.  

In Tucson, La Fiesta de los Vaqueros will celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2025, while in Scottsdale, traditional rodeo meets African American culture at the Arizona Black Rodeo. 

Contact: B World Communication,Arizona’s representative in France, Nelly Gaulier, E-mail: nelly@bworldcom.com