The Golden State
Does your Cowboy Bucket List include galloping along a beach through the salty spray of crashing waves or a leisurely trail ride through a sunlit vineyard, with a glass of wine waiting for you at trail’s end? What about watching some of rodeo’s best athletes compete for buckles and bragging rights or heading deep into the Sierra Nevada on a rugged, multi-day pack trip? Then California is exactly the right place to begin your cowboy adventure. Forget about its Hollywood reputation; the Golden State’s cowboy roots run deep and true, spanning back to the earliest days of the Old West, when vast ranchos spread across the territory and vaqueros honed their incredible horsemanship skills. So step off the beaten tourist path and discover California’s Western spirit.