Spectators are Welcome at End of Trail

The Old West will once again come alive as almost 1000 cowboys, cowgirls and buckaroos journey to the Ben Avery Shooting Range for the Annual gathering of End of Trail. Competitors for this year’s event will come from nearly every state as well as several foreign countries, ranging in age from 12 to over 80 years.

End of Trail is an exciting 6-day event that provides the backdrop for the Single Action Shooting Society’s World Championship of Cowboy Action Shooting. This annual event draws thousands of spectators and Old West enthusiasts.

Cowboy Action Shooting, the fastest growing shooting sport in America, requires that contestants compete with firearms typical of those used in the taming of the Old West: single action revolvers, lever action rifles and old time shotguns. Participants must also adopt a shooting alias appropriate to a character or profession of the late 19th century, a Hollywood western star or an appropriate character from a fiction and then costume themselves accordingly.

The competition itself is staged in a unique “Old West” style. During timed events, shooters test their skills against steel targets set up within a course of 12 different shooting stages each featuring different scenarios scenic elements.

In addition to the competitive events, End of Trail will feature displays of period militaria, exhibitions of western skills and crafts, vendors purveying everything from period clothing to antiques and reproductions. Entertainment will be readily available in the form of a number of singers, cowboy bands and the authentic history of gaming. A variety of food services are also available – from authentic chuck wagon cooking to hot dogs. This is an exciting event for the whole family.

Daily event times are 8AM until 5PM Monday through Saturday. Admission is free; parking is $10 per car load.

While in the shooting areas, all spectators will be required to wear eye protection. Sunglasses and corrective glasses are acceptable. Ear protection is suggested, especially for children.

The End of Trail Championship and Exhibition is produced by the Arizona Territorial Company of Rough Riders, a not-for-profit organization. Proceeds from the event will go to various charities. Last year thousands of dollars were donated.

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Contestants are using real guns and live ammunition. For your pets safety we strongly recommend you leave them at home.

No Glass Containers are allowed on Ben Avery Shooting Range at any time in any area.