Located “45 minutes and 100 years from Las Vegas,” Sandy Valley Ranch offers a range of immersive activities for would-be cowfolk, from 30-minute cattle rustling lessons and sunset trail rides to their signature all-day and overnight experiences.
The original neon cowboy, Vegas Vic has been holding down the corner of Fremont and First since 1951. Fun fact: Vic used to shout “HOWDY, PODNER!” in a 15-minute loop, but went silent after actor Lee Marvin complained about it while shooting The Professionals in 1966. (Allegedly.)
Hankering for a haircut and a history lesson, but pressed for time? Thanks to Cliff Wolosin, owner and master barber at the eponymous Cliff’s Barber Corral & Wild West Showcase, you don’t have to choose between the two.
There isn’t a bad seat in the house, but when it comes to high-rollin’, you can’t beat Boozy’s VIP boxes and booths. Party with up to four friends stage-side, or take in the show from above in your own private box. Either way, the first $200 towards your bar bill is on the house. Yee-haw!
Escape the desert heat for the cooler climes of Sam’s Town’s Mystic Falls Indoor Park, which brings the Western pioneer experience to life with music, dancing water, animatronic animals and laser lights at 2pm, 4pm, 6pm, 8pm and 10pm daily. Free!
Get your (prop) gun—and learn to spin it—at Western Stage Props
Need a new act? Stop by Western Stage Props for all the equipment, accessories and educational materials necessary to try your hand at trick roping, whip-cracking, knife and tomahawk throwing, gun spinning… even trick riding. (Horse not included.)
Toast a ghost at the Pioneer Saloon
Built in 1913, the delightfully ramshackle Pioneer Saloon is a longtime favorite location for Old West movie and TV shoots. But it was a different type of shoot, one that left bullet holes in the walls and an apparition roaming about, that continues to draw history buffs and ghost hunters in droves.
Ride the bull at Gilley’s Saloon, Dance Hall & BBQ
If you’ve ever thought time moves too slowly, you’ve never tried to go eight seconds on a buckin’ bronc. While in Vegas, there’s no better (or safer) place to try it than the legendary Gilley’s Saloon. Bull rides from 11am-2am daily, $10 per ride.
Line dance with a drag queen at Charlie’s Las Vegas
Free line dancing lessons aren’t all that hard to find. Free line dancing lessons followed by a drag show? Now we’re talking. As their slogan says, there’s no better place in Vegas to “drink, dance and play… the cowboy way.” Line dancing lessons every Saturday at 7pm, free.
Unwind at Canyon Ranch spa + fitness
Ready for a break? Escape the sensory overload of the Strip for the blissful environs of Canyon Ranch spa + fitness center. There may not be much (or any) livestock to speak of, but after a few days in Vegas, there’s no better place to unwind.