Save a horse. Ride a Bull.

May 4, 2010 at 12:01 am (Uncategorized)


Arizona spends many sleepless nights fighting its Wild West reputation. With our fine dining, trendy hotspots, high-end shopping and five star resorts, the Southwest has slowly become a desert oasis destination for world-class travelers from afar. But, try as we do to hide our Southwest flavor, some days we just have to embrace the Cowgirl (or boy) in us all. After all, we live among cacti and horseback riding; why not give true desert living a try here and there!

True to my philosophy, this weekend I traded in my stilettos for cowboy boots and joined the cowgirl’s way of life for a night. On the agenda: a night out in Cave Creek to experience the truest form of cowboy living around; live professional bull riding. Yes, in Arizona we have western venues with live professional bull riding shows and it’s just as spectacular as it sounds! Nestled in the heart of cowboy country known as Cave Creek, Buffalo Chip Saloon showcases live professional bull riding, live country music, free dancing lessons, authentic home style BBQ and even the opportunity to make your very own genuine Cowboy hats!

A very detailed calendar of events:

I think the staff at Buffalo Chips Saloon must sleep at the saloon with such a full calendar of events! Let me take a sip of my sarsaparilla before I begin…

Monday Mike Night: Do you have what it takes to be the next Garth Brooks in town? Well, now’s your chance to showcase your talents. Stop by Open Mike Night on Mondays from 7-10 pm and belt out the country hits with the best of them.

Top Notch Tuesdays: Deeming it “Chick’s with Picks” Tuesdays, Buffalo Chip features a new female artist from 7-10 pm. If you want to meet the next Carrie or Shania you should stop by!

Wacky Wednesdays: Now comes the daredevil fun! Live. Professional. Bull Riding. If you can’t make it to the rodeo, here’s your chance to witness professional bull riders take their life and the reins in their own hands.

Thirsty Thursday: Are you thirsty for some two steppin’ dance moves? From 7-8 pm listen to live music and learn some new two stepping moves to impress your friends. If you want to keep the night going into the weekend, stick around for the Pat James Band from 8-Midnight.

Fabulous Fridays: Now this is the TGIF of all Fridays. All you can eat BBQ buffet, all you can eat seafood, live music & dancing, and not one but three live professional bull riding shows. My personal requirement is that you show up with cowboy boots, hat and have a very hungry appetite! P.S. the buffet is mandatory in my opinion, some of the best BBQ I’ve ever had!

Satisfying Saturdays: After your wild west Friday night, stop by for some more live music and dancing from 9 pm – 2 am.

Who done it!? Once a month, on the first Sunday, you can join the cowboy mystery and help Buffalo Chips figure out who committed murder! Detective work builds up an appetite, so enjoy dinner during the show…all for just $35!

Now what’s a virtual tour of the  Buffalo Chips Saloon without some much-needed photos!

Real cowboys or wannabe cowboys for the night, anything goes at the Saloon

Excited about turning cowboy for the night but missing the key essential for making it official; a hat? Not to worry my friends. You can even buy genuine cowboy hats, fitted for your head right in front of your very eyes!

I hope you’ve enjoyed this mental break for the day, but before you ride off into the sunset, I think you need to visit yourself and let me know if it passed your Cowboy adventure test.

Packer’s Presence! Before I go, I failed to mention one last minor detail. Packers fans … this saloon is green and gold friendly and they even offer the “Packer Green and Gold Club” membership.

Hungry yet?

While you’re in Cave Creek, be sure to stop by:

Harold’s Corral

Cartwright’s Sonoran Ranch House and Lounge

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