COWBOY CHIC – THE WESTERN SPIRIT – Park City Western Outfitters

The Western experience is more than just a place, it is a state of mind. No Western-inspired fashion would be complete without some great-looking cowboy boots whose style has withstood the test of time or that classic hat that transitions even the keenest city slicker into embracing the spirit of the West. These Park City western outfitters have been dressing cowboys and cowgirls for generations.

A visit to Daniels Summit is the very definition of a Western experience. Brent and Audrey Hill built the lodge 28 years ago and the family has run it since the beginning. In 1993 they decided to open the original gift shop in the back of the building by the restaurant/bar but as its popularity grew, they decided the space needed to as well. The gift shop boasts various treasures from turquoise jewelry, Native American pottery and a very popular picture, the Two Bills from an original photograph taken in 1913. You will also find cowboy hats and Denali blankets.

“People buy a lot of pictures from us for their homes and cabins, said Audrey. “We have filled the lobby with artifacts, a Native American headdress that was made for us when we opened and all kinds of neat Western things that are from back in time. I have loved doing the gift shop; I’m always trying to find unique and original things.”

Few things never go out of style, but the Burns 1876 Cowboy Shop is one such place. Having been in business for over a hundred years, they are the oldest Western wear retailer in the world. This family-owned business prides itself in the craftsmanship that has been passed down through generations. Covering things in leather has been their niche from day one, starting with harnesses and saddles. From custom hats to saddles, Burns can create that perfect fit with all the Western glam.

“We build our hats, boots, belts, buckles, jewelry and saddles all under one roof in Utah,” said Danna Burns, owner. “When we moved into Park City in 2008, my husband and I would travel around to a lot of equestrian shows and we would outfit the equestrians. We then expanded to the fashion side. Western is a timeless, classic style. You can still rock a boot from the 70s today. We are good at having our fashion fit into your fashion. We can bend a hat into any shape. We were the outfitters for the cast on the “Yellowstone” series, which is a modern Western show.”

A dedicated team of more than 50 artisans, some of which are creative ranch kids raised in the area, thrive in the campus-style environment where the senior artisans mentor the younger ones ensuring that the techniques are not lost.

Inside every Reams location is a section that specializes in Western ware. Paul Reams, the founder of Reams in 1944, was a fan and wearer of Western ware and brought it into the stores as more of a hobby in the early days. Due to its overwhelming success, Western clothing has continued to be a big seller for the stores.

“Our pricing is pretty competitive, but we do tend to sell items for a little less than other retailers,” said Jodi Jones, buyer for Reams. “We also have a very knowledgeable staff and great customer service.”

Reams carries name brands such as Wrangler, Finch, Ariat and Carhart. Boots made by Tony Lama, Justin Boots and Old West are some of the best sellers. Don’t forget the cowboy hat, come get your Stetson on. You will also find a selection of belts, buckles and even some Western jewelry.

Tanner Trading has been supporting Native American artists for over 6 generations. Plan on spending the afternoon perusing their farmhouse style store with bison mounts, woven rugs and trinkets aplenty. With the largest collection of Navajo, Zuni & Hopi jewelry in Northern Utah you will find endless treasures of earrings, necklaces, bolo ties and buckles. Tanner Trading also stocks renowned western brands like Stetson, Sully Leather and Old Gringo Boots. Located in the heart of Main Street transport back in time at this one-of-a-kind bazaar.

“It’s not for enjoyment, it’s an honor,” stated Rosie Yellowhair of her traditional Navajo artwork.