SOURCE: Colorado Tourism Office

Colorado Tourism Office

November 23, 2015 13:47 ET

Art of the Cowboy: 5 Rules to Live By

DENVER, CO--(Marketwired - Nov 23, 2015) - Cowboys are celebrated as rugged individuals, hardworking and solitary, masters of their trade and experts with the four-legged. And while that's all true, the real art of the cowboy is hidden in the details, in the behind-the-scenes, day-to-day, crafty inner-workings of cowboy life. And guess what? Colorado knows the rules:
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Rule 1: Know your horse, know your roots
A true cowboy is nothing without his horse, so saddle-up at any number of Colorado's working dude ranches and get familiar with the view from the back of your trusty steed. Stables throughout the state offer unique riding opportunities, and what you can't learn from doin', learn from watchin' at heritage rodeos across the state.

Rule 2: Test your skill
Once you know a thing or two about being a cowboy (or girl, of course), put your skills to the test at the cowboy school or on the Great American Horse Drive.

Rule 3: Look good, feel good
The key art of the cowboy is working hard, but not looking over-worked. So, take note and dress in style with handmade cowboy hats and handmade saddles, and stay cowboy-style at the Oxford Hotel.

Rule 4: Eat right
With all that hard work, a hearty and time-tested meal is essential whether it comes from the Dutch oven or the chuck wagon, in the form of venison meatballs or skillet-fried chicken

Rule 5: Create and celebrate
While much of cowboy-hood is spent in the dirt, on the range, or at the saloon, there's a crafty and creative side that's often overlooked. Balance the scale with poetry, painting, festivals and creative competitions across the state. 

Whether you're on the ranch, at a rodeo, dining at a western-themed restaurant or tuning your ears to some authentic cowboy poetry, let your Colorado-cation serve as your doorway to the celebrated life and lure of the cowboy.

Colorado is a four-season destination offering unparalleled adventure and recreation, a thriving arts scene, a rich cultural heritage, flavorful cuisine, and renowned ski resorts. Breathtaking scenic landscape boasts natural hot springs, headwaters of seven major rivers, peaceful lakes, 11 national parks/monuments, over 850 farm and ranches that are open to visitors and 58 mountains that top 14,000 feet. Colorado Media Room.

Documents and/or Photos available for this release:

Cattle Drive: Colorado Dude & Guest Ranch Association and Graddy Photography
Impressing the Cowgirls, Colorado Dude & Guest Ranch Association & Graddy Photography
Cowboy, Colorado Dude & Guest Ranch Association & Graddy Photography

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