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National Day of the Cowboy

July 23 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm


National Day of the Cowboy Celebration in Payson, AZ

July 23, 2022, by the Northern Gila County Historical Society

We celebrate the pioneering men and women known as cowboys who helped to settle America’s frontiers. The cowboy tradition embodies honesty, integrity, courage, and determination, as stewards of the land and its creatures.

The Northern Gila County Historical Society, the owner and operator of the Rim Country Museum and Zane Grey Cabin in Payson, AZ is celebrating the contribution made by cowboys past and current. Activities are planned for the museum on Saturday, July 23rd, 2022 between 10am-4pm, located at 700 S. Green Valley Parkway in Payson.

Numerous activities are planned for the celebration, including:

  • Free admissions to tour the Rim Country Museum and Zane Grey Cabin replica
  • Re-enactments of events involving Arizona Charlie Meadows and historic “Payson Dew”, the legendary moonshine. Performers are from Rim Country Re-enactors (formerly the Oxbow Outfit/Payson Petticoats)
  • Traditional cowboy music performed live by the local artists Cinnamon Twist
  • Storytelling for the kids – hear about cowboys in the Miss Julia’s classroom exhibit in the museum
  • Meet and chat with a professional bull-riding rodeo cowboy at the rodeo exhibit in the museum
  • Check out a real chuckwagon from the late 1800’s and see how food was dispensed, featured by Wind River Outfitters of AZ/Roger Mills
  • Take photos/selfies in front of an old-west street scene
  • Kids can try their hand at roping the steer replica “Clarabelle”
  • Learn why a cowboy wears each piece of attire and the function it serves
  • Check out a special selection of cowboy-related books and souvenirs will be on sale in the gift shop
  • A variety of snack items and water is for sale on the gift shop porch

Bring your lawn chairs and blankets to enjoy a bit of the cowboy legacy.


July 23
10:00 am - 4:00 pm


Northern Gila County Historical Society
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Rim Country Museum
700 S Green Valley Pkwy
Payson, AZ 85541 United States
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