WILD! WILD! WEST! – Exploring Colorado’s Culture


When you think of the Wild West, what comes to mind? Usually characters like Annie Oakley, Buffalo Bill, and Doc Holiday; or maybe cowboys driving cattle, Native American heritage, saloons, and even panning for gold.  Well, there is no other place in the world with richer western roots than the great state of Colorado!  From festivals, art exhibits, and musical performances, to guided tours, adventure tourism, rodeos, and real everyday life experiences, the opportunities to explore Western American culture are endless in Colorado.  The harmonious blend of old traditions and new experiences have helped to create a dynamic culture with deep roots, and one that at some point has had every kid in Colorado dreaming of being a cowboy.

Here are just a few of Colorado’s most popular old west attractions if you are looking to explore Colorado’s westerns ways!

American Museum of Western Art – Denver

The Anschutz Collection is a nonprofit museum located in the historic Navarre Building in downtown Denver, Colorado.

Leanin’ Tree Museum of Western Art – Boulder

The Leanin’ Tree Museum of Western Art in Boulder, Colorado exhibits the private art collection of Ed Trumble, Founder and Chairman of Leanin’ Tree.

Buffalo Bill’s Grave and Museum – Morrison

One of the most famous cowboys that ever lived is buried atop Lookout Mountain, just a short drive from Denver!

Black American West Museum – Denver

Highlighting the prominent role Black Americans played in the settlement of Colorado as miners, soldiers, homesteaders, schoolteachers, ranchers, blacksmiths, cowboys and lawmen!

The Buckhorn Exchange – Denver

Denver’s oldest restaurant is rich in Colorado history and serves up a unique menu of wild game and steak in a rustic, elegant atmosphere!

Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame & Museum of the American Cowboy – Colorado Springs

This educational and entertaining museum was designed to preserve the legacy of the cowboy contests along with the heritage and culture!

Ghost Town Museum – Colorado Springs

Step back into time at the Ghost Town Museum for a fun and historic adventure!


Colorado Mine Tours:

Mollie Kathleen Gold Mine Tour – Cripple Creek

Hidee Gold Mine Tour – Central City

Country Boy Mine Tour – Breckenridge

Lebanon Silver Mine Tour – Georgetown

Capital Prize Mine – Georgetown

Bachelor Syracuse Mine – Ouray

Old Hundred Gold Mine – Silverton

Hard Tack Mine – Lake City

Argo Gold Mine and Mill – Idaho Springs

Phoenix Gold Mine – Idaho Springs

Colorado Mining Museums:

Creede Underground Mining Museum – Creede

National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum – Leadville