Cowboy Poetry is Alive & Well in the Heber Valley

In the fall of 1994, Tom Whitaker was driving in his pickup truck across Midway Lane when he stopped to chat with friends Ben Quinters and Kim Cutler, who were working some colts in the field alongside the country road.  As conversation commenced, all three cowboys admitted to having a few Cowboy Poems up their sleeve.  Tom suggested that they pool their talent, invite a few other local musicians and poets and have a “Cowboy Poetry Gathering.”  The three menRead more

Elements of a Great Western

For nearly a century American cinema has provided our great nation with top-notch entertainment.  Among the many genres of cinema is the Western where pistol wielding cowboys battle a variety of enemies in harsh, desolate landscapes.  Since Burns embodies everything cowboy and with the recent release of Antoine Fuqua’s The Magnificent Seven, a modern re-make of the original 1960 film, we have been contemplating; what makes for a great Western?  Below is our list of requirements. Setting It goes withoutRead more

Hat Etiquette

The cowboy hat is an item of apparel that can be worn in any corner of the world, and receive immediate recognition as part of North American cowboy culture. At Burns we love our hats!  They embody our personalities and are a symbol of who we are as individuals. If you are looking to be a hat connoisseur you have to be educated in hat etiquette.  Check out our list of tips below and you’ll be well on your wayRead more

Essential Boot Care

Leather Conditioner Burns recommends Bick 4 as a leather conditioner, available at all Burns locations. This conditioner can be used on any leather (flat leather to exotic) and any color of leather with the exception of suede and shell cordovan.  This leather conditioner will not change the color of your boots. It is a silicone base, not an oil base, keeping the integrity of the original color of the leather. Conditioner Application Squeeze conditioner (about a quarter size) onto yourRead more


In the early spring of 1985, Cherokeet, Dan Burns prized race mare, delivered a black filly. Less than a month later, tragedy struck with the sudden passing of Cherokeet.  The young, black filly, just weeks old, required a bottle-feeding every three hours.  Dan, along with his two young grandchildren, Braydan and Destiny, made a ritual of feeding and playing with the beautiful filly. Destiny became Grandpa Dugan’s shadow, always carrying her cabbage patch doll named Luna; Luna would sit onRead more

Best of Park City

Burns Cowboy Shop Receives 2016 Best of Park City Award Park City Award Program Honors the Achievement PARK CITY March 23, 2016 — Burns Pcs, LLC has been selected for the 2016 Best of Park City Award in the Apparel Accessories Manufacturing category by the Park City Award Program. Each year, the Park City Award Program identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance theRead more

Burns and The Sundance Kid

On November 9, 2013, Burns had the great privilege of participating in “The Governor’s Salute to Robert Redford”, a gala that attracted such dignitaries as Sen. Orrin Hatch, Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker, and people from Utah’s business and artistic communities. Several weeks prior to this event, the Governor’s office contacted Burns with the idea to create a one-of-a-kind buckle that captured the essence of Utah and honored Redford, a collector of intricate trophy buckles.  Redford’s Sundance Film FestivalRead more

Passed Down from Grandma Red

Burns is a company built on the legacy of a family who has chosen to work hard and dedicate themselves to the craft of leatherwork.  Each generation has successfully written a different chapter in the Burns story.  Grandma Red, as she is known throughout the company, still makes all of us smile with her anecdotes and quick wit.  Here is a bit of her story and one of our favorite recipes from her collection–which is a prize all by itself. Fourth-generation,Read more

The Art of the Saddle

Back when Custer and the U.S. 7th Cavalry were having their Last Stand in 1876, a cowboy named Miles Lamonie Burns with his skills in blacksmithing and leather working opened a retail shop in Utah.  He sold handcrafted saddles and harnesses starting a legacy seven generations strong.  Burns is the world’s oldest Western retail business to stay in one family, and maintains the focus of handmade artistry that began in 1876 with Burns Custom Saddles. BENCH MADE A Burns saddleRead more

“A Land of Solitude and Contrast”

Nestled over the hill and through the woods, Wayne County is a small county in Utah with some of the most diverse landscapes in the state. Red rock vistas kiss up against majestic pine covered mountains. Rolling meadows of peach, apple, and plum orchards with snaking rivers make friends with deep canyons. Here the winters are cold and summers are full of color. It is also a bit of a time capsule. Untouched by the hustle and bustle of aRead more