Trail Dust Town is a historical outdoor shopping center and miniature Western theme park on Tanque Verde Road in East Tucson.
Originally built in 1961, the town has 9 shops, 2 restaurants, 1 museum, and a small attraction area (named Polly Anna Park).
The nine shops are as follows:
- Barking Iron Old Time Photo Studio
- Chocolate Depot
- CS Design Studios
- Peak of Perfection
- Rita Watters Art Gallery
- Silhouette Photography
- Trail Dust Trading Company
- The Magic Shop
Young children will love Polly Anna Park – a miniature theme park with a carousel, ferris wheel (added in 2012!), train, and picnic tables.
Where is Trail Dust Town located?
Trail Dust Town is at 6541 E. Tanque Verde Road in East Tucson.
What are the hours?
Trail Dust Town hours correspond with Pinnacle Peak hours (Mon-Fri, 5-10pm; Sat-Sun, 4:30-10:00pm).
Polly Anna Park is open 5:30pm-9:00pm, daily. Stunt shows are every night at 7:00pm and 8:00pm.
Shops each have their own operating hours. While most of the attractions only have evening hours, the following businesses are open during the day:
- Museum Of The Horse Soldier (Wednesday-Sunday; 11:00am to 8:00pm)
- Dakota Bar & Grill
- Peak Of Perfection Salon
- CS Design Studios
- Silhouette Photography
Please note that nearly all of the shops in Trail Dust Town are open on Friday mornings from 9:00am to 1:00pm during the weekly Heirloom Farmers Market.
Why would I visit Trail Dust Town?
- To walk around and enjoy the Western decor
- To take some fun cowboy-themed photos
- To ride the carousel, ferris wheel, and/or train
- To get old time photos taken in costume
- To see The Pinnacle Peak Pistoleros Wild West Stunt Show
- To shop for fresh produce and wares at the Farmers Market
- To purchase Western souvenirs and trinkets
- To give out-of-town guests a Western experience
- To go to a birthday party, wedding, or business event
- To have dinner at Pinnacle Peak
- To enjoy breakfast, lunch, or dinner at Dakota Cafe
How much does it cost?
Admission is free at Trail Dust Town.
Tickets to each attraction/show can be purchased separately, but the best bet for your wallet is probably to buy a $12 wristband.
Your wristband includes:
- unlimited rides on the carousel, ferris wheel, and train
- admission to the stunt show
- admission to the Museum of the Horse Soldier
If you prefer to buy tickets individually, rides at Polly Anna Park are $2.50 per ride (ages 3 and under are free). Adults who ride must also pay.
Stunt shows are $5 per person. Children under age 3 are free, but may find the show to be too intense/loud.
What is the parking situation?
Visitor parking is available in front of, adjacent to, and behind the town. There are 300+ parking spaces.
What should I wear?
Dress for the weather as you will mostly be outdoors.
What should I bring with me?
Water bottles, snacks, cash (including spare change), and a camera.
Are bathrooms available?
Yes – inside Pinnacle Peak.
Which days are most and least crowded at Trail Dust Town?
Pinnacle Peak’s busiest evening is Saturday. Tuesdays tend to be the least crowded.
Is outside food allowed at Trail Dust Town? If so, are there picnic tables?
There are some red picnic tables in Pollyanna Park (see photo below). Outside food is permitted, but not encouraged during evening business hours.
Does Trail Dust Town have a restaurant?
Yes – two, in fact.
Pinnacle Peak is “Tucson’s original cowboy steakhouse. The menu includes mesquite grilled steaks, ribs, chicken, and fish in a Western environment. Be sure to let the server know if you are celebrating a special occasion as they will be sure to embarrass – ahem, celebrate – the honoree. Note that Pinnacle Peak has a Happy Hour, known as Cowboy Hour, from 4:30-6:30pm on weekdays when drinks are $2-$4. P.S. If you wear a tie, the waiter/waitress will cut it off. The only rule of the restaurant is NO TIES ALLOWED!
Dakota Bar & Grill is open for lunch and dinner daily; breakfast on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. Happy Hour is 3-6pm, Tuesday-Friday. Menu includes soup, salad, burgers, alcoholic beverages, and desserts.
What restaurants are located NEAR Trail Dust Town?
Trail Dust Town is very central so there are quite a few restaurants in the immediate area. Our top picks within a 2-mile radius are:
- Tino’s Pizza, 6610 E. Tanque Verde Rd (0.2 miles away) – pizza, wings, sandwiches, lunch specials, gluten-free crusts available
- Bistro 44, 6761 E. Tanque Verde Rd (0.7 miles away) – seafood, steaks, salads, sandwiches
- El Taco Tote, 1340 N. Wilmot Rd (0.8 miles away) – Mexican grill, salsa bar
- Zinburger Wine & Burger Bar, 6390 E. Grant Rd (1.0 miles away) – burgers, shakes, salads, wine, cocktails
- Prep & Pastry, 6450 E. Grant Rd (1.1 miles away) – breakfast, brunch, lunch, booze, pastries, locally sourced
- Sauce Pizza & Wine, 6450 E. Grant Rd (1.1 miles away) – hand-stretched pizzas, pasta, salads, paninis, vegetarian + gluten-free options, wine, pizza cookie
- Renee’s Organic Oven, 7065 E. Tanque Verde Rd (1.1 miles away) – pizza, pasta, vegetarian, gluten-free available, organic ingredients
- Zona 78, 7301 E. Tanque Verde Rd (1.3 miles away) – artisan pizza, Italian specialties, beer, wine, cocktails, happy hour
BABIES & KIDS
What ages would be best suited for a visit to Trail Dust Town?
ALL ages! Toddlers and preschoolers in the 1 to 5 age range will especially love Polly Anna Park. Older kids will appreciate the shooting gallery (50 cents per round), stunt show, and old time photo studio. Fun for the whole family!
Should I bring a stroller?
Sure. The town isn’t huge, but you’re welcome to bring one in if you like.
Are there changing tables in the restrooms?
What about my other “baby” (dog, cat, etc)?
Trail Dust Town is super pet-friendly. You can even bring your dog with you for patio dining at Dakota Cafe. Want to get a picture with your favorite pooch? Barking Iron Old Time Photography is happy to accommodate. Don’t worry – there is no sitting fee for your pet!
Can I have my child’s birthday party at Trail Dust Town?
Yes! Birthday parties at Trail Dust Town start at $12.00 per child. Accompanying parents are free.
Can I have my wedding or rehearsal dinner at Trail Dust Town?
Of course! There is a lovely romantic gazebo in the center of the town, plus special event space at Savoy Opera House.
Is Trail Dust Town active on social media?
What else do I need to know before I go to Trail Dust Town?
- Don’t forget your camera! So many photo opps!
- If you’re budget/time is limited, stop in at Pinnacle Peak or Dakota Bar & Grill for Happy Hour or dessert instead of a full meal.
- Barking Iron Old Time Photo Studio is SO MUCH FUN. Dress up in character costumes and you end up with a sepia-tone photo, lots of laughs, and happy memories. All costumes slip over your clothes for easy sizing and dressing.