Travel With Kids: Rawhide Western Town and Steakhouse

Take a trip back to the 1880's - a wild and dangerous time when covered wagons rolled past mountains and cowboys sang below starry skies.

Rawhide Western Town and Steakhouse, located at 5700 West North Loop Road in Chandler Arizona, is open seasonally as a themed amusement park. The premises include a steakhouse, a confection's shop, a photo emporium, and a number of attractions.

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Our 2-year-old was particularly keen on the train ride, while our 5-year-old appreciated the challenge of panning for gold. Other attractions include burro rides, a stagecoach ride, a rock climbing wall, a petting zoo, and two live shows. Tickets are $5/per attraction or $15 for an unlimited wristband.

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If you're celebrating something special, we recommend the Steakhouse. Decorated with red-and-white checkered tablecloths and lovely lanterns, the ranch house-style restaurant features steak, ribs, salads, and a children's menu. Entrees ranges from $15-$28. Kid's plates are $7 and include fries or fresh fruit, plus soda. Live music accompanies dinner and a dance floor is available for your line-dancing pleasure. "AriZona" was the band on the night we were there and they were outstanding.

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If you visit in the winter, be sure to bring sweatshirts for after sundown since the town is mostly outdoors. Fortunately, you'll be able to stop and warm yourself at a number of open fires on property. You can even buy a S'mores kit for $3 and roast marshmallows.

Also - don't forget your camera as there are plenty of great photo opps!

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Rawhide is an especially excellent place to visit for east-coasters and/or people traveling from abroad, but everyone will appreciate experiencing the history of Arizona in living color.

P.S. Rawhide will be celebrating its' 41st Birthday on February 25-26 2012 - and you're invited! Free parking. Free admission. Free attractions. Plus, a free hat & bandana for the kids!

Have you ever been to Rawhide? What did you like/not like about it?

* Special thanks to Rawhide for providing town passes and dinner at the steakhouse.

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10 comments on “Travel With Kids: Rawhide Western Town and Steakhouse”

  1. How is it that I've never heard of that place? It looks really cute. Did you guys incorporate that into your Phoenix zoo trip?

    1. Yes - same Phoenix trip. It's a super fun place, off the beaten path in Chandler (right next to the Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort & Spa).

      I'm curious how it compares to Old Tucson Studios. I haven't been there since I was about 8 years old. Have you taken your four there?

  2. Looks like you guys had a fantastic time! We have never been to a Rawhide, or heard of one for that matter, but it sure looks fantastic! Can't go wrong with Wild Wild West theme, delicious food, and fun things to do...just need a square dance caller!

    1. Oh, you should have seen our girls on the dance floor! They're not shy when it comes to live music...even when a large crowd is present. Sometimes I wish I could be that uninhibited.

  3. So, I thought this looked fun when I glimpsed your post a few days ago. I tucked Rawhide away as a possibility for when we accompany my husband to a conference in Chandler this summer. Imagine my delight as I'm driving through Phoenix today and I realize that Rawhide is onsite at the resort where we will be staying! Sweet:-) Now we have to at least check it out! Thanks for the recommendations.

    1. What a happy coincidence! I bet your girls would really like it - especially the train ride, the live music at the steakhouse, and the outdoor s'mores making!

  4. You know, I went to Raw Hide YEARS ago when it was still in the Cave Creek area. Haven't been since they moved out to Chandler. We used to love it there! I haven't ever eaten there though; it sounds delicious! Maybe we'll all have to take a trip out there one of these days!

  5. Oh this sounds like SO much fun! I especially love how the "souvenir" of a bandana is actually quite a useful item to take away from a trip to a locale such as this!

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