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True West Magazine Honors Top 10 True Western Towns of 2023

Thousands of great towns can be found in the American West—ones that exemplify the spirit and dedication of the pioneers who built and developed them. But 10 of them stand out—and these are the True Western Towns of 2023, according to True West Magazine’s February/March 2023 issue, out on newsstands on February 14, 2023.

The towns of the year are:
10. San Angelo, Texas
9. Abilene, Kansas
8. Trinidad, Colorado
7. Deadwood, South Dakota
6. Lubbock, Texas
5. Dodge City, Kansas
4. Cheyenne, Wyoming
3. Prescott, Arizona
2. Cody Wyoming

And the Top True Western Town for 2023…

Tombstone, Arizona!!

“These winners are places where history lives, where the past is celebrated,” explains True West Executive Editor Bob Boze Bell. “As a result, these towns have a very bright future—and deserve to be visited by all folks who treasure the Old West.”

This is the 18th year True West has presented this annual award. Editors base their selection on criteria demonstrating how each town has preserved its history through old buildings, museums and other institutions, events, and promotions of historic resources.

True West magazine is in its 70th year of leading the way in presenting the true stories of Old West adventure, history, culture and preservation. For subscriptions and more information, visit or call 480-820-5545.




Home of the Great American Adventure, Cody Yellowstone is comprised of the northwestern Wyoming towns of Cody, Powell and Meeteetse as well as areas inside of Yellowstone National Park and the valley east of the entrance. The region is known for rodeos, authentic guest and dude ranches, world-class museums and recreational adventures that reflect the adventurous spirit of the visionaries and explorers who brought the remote region to the world’s attention.


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True West Magazine Honors Top 10 True Western Towns of 2023