While my kids absolutely loved our family vacation to Phoenix, it was more pool and baseball than desert and Old West. So, when we went to Tucson, I wanted to make sure they got some of that old west experience that Tucson is known for. On our first full day there, we visited the Arizona-Sonoran Desert Museum in the morning, and headed out to the stunt show at Trail Dust Town in the evening.
Visiting Trail Dust Town in Tucson, AZ
What is Trail Dust Town in Tucson?
Trail Dust Town, in Tucson, is part retail/restaurant destination, part old west town. It was built in 1962, and has so much history in Tucson. Trail Dust Town had been recommended to us by several people in Tucson, since it’s a fun destination for kids and unique to the destination. My kids were very excited to see the wild west stunt show, which usually takes place two to three times per night (depending on the time of year).
Trail Dust Town Attractions
In addition to the stunt show, Trail Dust Town also offers several authentic old west shops, including a general store called Toys–N-Tiques which is filled with old-fashioned merchandise. There’s also the Trail Dust Trading Company, the Chocolate Depot, the Barking Iron Old Time Photo Studio, the Sage Inspirations Artisan Jewelry, Silhouette Photography (studio portraits), and the Peak of Perfection day spa and salon.
There are other attractions at Trail Dust Town as well. They are charge admission, and guests can purchase wooden nickels at the Trail Dust Trading Co. These are used for entry to the attractions. Alternatively, you can purchase a wristband which gives you access to all of the attractions.
The attractions that take the wooden nickels include the following:
- The C.P. Huntington Railroad, which goes around the town
- An Allen Herschel Carousel
- The “Circle the Wagons” Ferris Wheel
You’ll find other attractions at Trail Dust Town, including gold panning, the Museum of the Horse Soldier, a haunted house, and a shooting gallery. These are all open during certain hours and days, so definitely check the website before planning your visit so you aren’t disappointed during your visit.
Trail Dust Town Stunt Show
The Pinnacle Peak Pistoleros Wild West Stunt Show is definitely the highlight of Trail Dust Town. It currently costs $5 per person to attend (although it was free when we visited).
During our visit, I checked the website, and was glad to see that it was taking place on the evening that we had available. Definitely check the website for hours when making plans. After dinner, we arrived at the show just a little late, so we ended up standing at the end. But, there actually were plenty of seats if we’d just gotten there on time.
The show involves gunfights and stunts, and my kids just sat there completely in awe. It’s something that’s so unique and different. I’d recommend that you arrive a little early, and make sure that your kids are prepared for the noise.
Trail Dust Town Restaurant
While we did not eat dinner there, I really wish we had. Trail Dust Town offers Pinnacle Peak, an authentic Cowboy Steakhouse. They are famous for their Cowboy Steak, which comes as part of their Cowboy Steak Dinner. Other entrees include baby back ribs, salmon, and chicken. There’s also a children’s menu, so you can definitely dine there during your visit to Trail Dust Town.
Reservations are accepted for larger groups. For groups under 10 people, you can utilize call ahead seating. I’d recommend arriving early. Then, after you eat, you can visit the stunt show and explore the rest of the attractions.
If I return to Tucson again with my kids, I’ll definitely plan to spend more time there. The property also hosts several community events, including the Heirloom farmers market, Oktoberfest, and a rodeo.
The property is open all day, from 8am to 11pm, although each individual attraction and shop may have different hours. Expect to spend about 2-3 hours there if you want to see the show and do the different attractions. Longer if you dine on site.
Trail Dust Town
6541 E. Tanque Verde Rd.
Tucson, AZ 85715
If visiting, we recommend the following two hotels that we’ve stayed at: