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For would-be cowboys: Scottsdale, AZ
Photo by Gina Sabatella

For would-be cowboys: Scottsdale, AZ

Scottsdale’s become synonymous with swank, but the town’s Western, outdoorsy roots are still alive and kicking. Looking to dip your toe in the cowboy lifestyle? Go on a horseback ride along the trails near town, splash through the Verde River and take in the views of craggy mountains, plus glimpses of desert wildlife. Afterwards, unwind at one of several cowboy bars in town. Just a spectator? You can at least dress the part. Boots and cowboy hats are de rigueur at late winter's monthlong Western-palooza that ends with a rodeo. Want to check out the real thing? Attend cowboy college for courses on roping, riding, and branding.

More: One perfect day in Scottsdale

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