For my boys, this was a fun little trip to a old western town that was used in the 40s and 50s as a movie and tv show set. They have a gun show on weekends around 2:30pm but we missed it unfortunately...It was definitely a fun sight to see but that was about it. We wandered over to a cool, hip little saloon called Pappy and Harriett's where we sat outside and had ordered some root beers and enjoyed the sound check going on inside! Apparently this place has some great bands on the weekends(evenings)! Not kid friendly though at night. If we plan to come back here, we will definitely make sure we get here in time to see the gun show and after, enjoy some BBQ at the saloon which I heard is very good.
Pioneertown was built in 1946 to be used as a movie set for Gene Autry films and is open to the general public to explore. Several movies and tv shows have been shot in this recreated western town and its not hard to imagine Roy Rogers racing Trigger down Mane Street.
These days, there is a gunfight show at 2:30 on weekends from April through October which is put on by local residents which the kids should enjoy. Parents will enjoy the slapstick humor. A bowling alley is open on weekends and a very popular restaurant is open for dinner and lunch Thursday through Sunday and dinner only on Monday.
Visitors can stay in the Pioneertown Motel which is where the old actors stayed for only $100 a night on weekends and $70during the week. There are 18 rooms and 2 of the rooms have two twin beds. Many of the rooms have kitchenettes and the property is pet friendly. There are even corrals for people to keep their horses in.
Pioneertown can provide a unique and adventurous experience to families whether it be for a couple hours or a couple days. If you are out in the Hi-Desert, pay it a visit!