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THE LAST BASTION OF THE OLD WEST
by Tom Driemeyer
Driving across Colorado you marvel at the massive peaks, but after you have spent some time exploring you also marvel at the high plains and prairies. This is the land where the buffalo and the antelope still play. You can see real cowboys riding fences and doing round-ups. If you want to get a feel of the old west Colorado is home to an abundance of down home Rodeos that take you back in time. When you go to a small town rodeo like Buena Vista or the Chaffee County Fair you immediately get the sense that perhaps you have crashed someone else's family reunion. Everyone knows each other as well as most of the contestants who are local kids looking to score some points to make it to the next level. The good old vets from the local VFW will be working the snack stand so don't expect fast service because the social aspect is more important than the food. Instead of getting impatient thank the fine gentlemen for the sacrifice they made to preserve your freedom. Then be prepared for something you don't see enough of these days, which is the Benediction (oh no-public prayer) and The Star Spangled Banner where the crowd is proud to sing along. Don't be surprised by the patriotic speech about our great country and gratitude for those VFW guys. If it brings tears to your eyes to be proud that's OK, you probably won't be the only one.

When the rodeo starts it's usually with mutton busting. If you are not familiar with this it is small kids, pre-kindergarten usually, trying to ride sheep. If they hang on for more than a few seconds they are sure to be a winner. If they don't they still get a trophy. It always provides some laughs and gets everyone in the mood. When the big kids ride you will quickly see that the animals are more experienced than the cowboys, but the crashes are the best part of rodeo. If someone makes it to eight seconds it is cause for a major ovation. Pay attention to the clowns who work for salary but save uncounted lives every show while risking their personal safety. It takes lots of fortitude and savvy of bull intelligence to stay alive as a rodeo clown. Without them though we would run out of bull riders pretty quick.

After you’ve experienced the excitement of a few rodeos it gets in your blood. The sights, sounds and smells become a trigger for joy. Seeing the animals, hearing the cheers and catching the aroma of hot dogs and funnel cakes you know it has to be a rodeo...eventually you even learn to love the smell of the corrals.

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Rodeos are scheduled for the same months from year to year as a general rule - so to keep this as current as possible listings are by the month only. Please use the contact information for more specific dates.

Colorado

APRIL & MAY

Contact Information

Alligator Rodeo Colorado Gators - Alamosa info@AlamosaChamber.com
719.589.3681  
High School Rodeo Fairgrounds - Westcliffe Custer County custco@ris.net
719.783.9163 
Grand Olde West Days - CraigStamps Rodeo - Tovac info@craig-chamber.com
800.864.4405
 

JUNE

Elizabeth Stampede - Elizabeth 303.646.0308 
  Bull riding, Buena Vista
100 bull riders compete on first class bulls.
719.395.6612
  Cortez dmccabe@cityofcortez.com
970.565.3402
  San Luis Valley Little Britches Rodeo - South Fork, Rio Grande County southfrk@amigo.net
800.571.0881
  Ute Mountain Roundup Rodeo - Cortez dmccabe@cityofcortez.com
970.565.3402
  Colorado Stampede - Grand Junction info@gjchamber.org
800.352.5286 
  Earl Anderson Memorial Rodeo, Biggest Little Rodeo in the West -
58 miles northeast of Greeley in Weld County - Grover
Grover Town Hall 970.895.2213 Tuesday & Thursday 9 - 3 P.M.
  107th Annual Strawberry Days Rim Rock Rodeo - Glenwood Springs 800-221-0098
  Durango Pro Rodeo - Durango visitorcenter@durango.org  
800.525.8855
  Steamboat Springs PRCA Summer Pro rodeo Series takes place each year from mid-June through late August at the Romick Rodeo Arena in Howelsen Park info@steamboatchamber.com
970.879.0880
  Evergreen Rodeo - Evergreen info@evergreenchamber.org
303.674.3412  
  Durango Pro Rodeo - Durango visitorcenter@durango.org  
800.525.8855
  The Never Summer Rodeo - Walden 970.723.4600
Rocky Mountain Stampede (Formerly the Greeley Stampede)
World's Largest 4th of July Rodeo - Greeley
rodeo@rockymountainstampede.com
800.982-BULL (2855)

JULY

World's Largest Open Rodeo - Brush brush@brushcolo.com
970.842.2666  
  Alamosa info@AlamosaChamber.com
719.589.3681   
  Meeker's Range Call Celebration Since 1885 oldest annual rodeo in Colorado - Meeker info@meekerchamber.com
970. 878.5510
  La Veta 719.742.3676
  Fraser 4th of July Celebration & Run for Independence - Fraser chamber@winterpark-info.com
970.726.4118  
  101st Annual Cowboys Roundup Days and Fourth of July Celebration - Steamboat Springs info@steamboatchamber.com
970.879.0880 
WEEK-LONG High Country Stampede Rodeo Saturday nights at the John Work Arena. Western BBQ, Bull Riding, Barrel Racing and Mutton Busting - Winter Park chamber@winterpark-info.com
970.726.4118  
  Steamboat Springs Pro Rodeo Series - Steamboat Springs info@steamboatchamber.com
970.879.0880  
  Pendrose Equestrian Center Ride For The Brand Working Ranch Cowboys Association Rodeo - Colorado Springs info@cscc.org
719.635.1551 
  Durango Pro Rodeo - Durango visitorcenter@durango.org  
800.525.8855
  Collegiate Peaks Stampede Rodeo - Buena Vista 719.395.6612
  CGRA Sponsored Rocky Mountain Regional Rodeo #22 - Jefferson County Fairgrounds info@westchamber.org
303.233.5555
  Gunnison and Crested Butte Cattleman's Days 970.641.1501
  Rooftop Rodeo and Parade - Stanley Park Fairgrounds - Estes Park events@estes.org.
970.586.6104
  Gunnison and Crested Butte PRCA Rodeo 970.641.1501
  Westcliffe Stampede Rodeo - Westcliffe custco@ris.net
719.783.9163
  Steamboat Springs Pro Rodeo Series - Steamboat Springs  info@steamboatchamber.com
970.879.0880
WEEK-LONG
Boulder County Fair, Livestock Show and Rodeo, Junior Rodeo and Senior Pro Rodeo
Longmont, Colorado
www.bouldercountyfair.org
ALL SUMMER Eagle County Fair and Rodeo
(July 31 Bullriders Extravaganza & August 4 – 7 PRCA Rodeo )
970-328-5220

AUGUST

Larimer County Fair & Rodeo - Loveland kroth@loveland.org
970-667-6311 
  63rd Annual Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo - Colorado Springs World Arena info@cscc.org
719.635.1551 
  Routt County Fair & Rodeo - Hayden info@craig-chamber.com
800.864.4405
WEEK-LONG 2004 Colorado State Fair - Pueblo info@coloradostatefair.com
800-876-4567

AUGUST

Fletcher Wood Memorial Rodeo - Golden Info@goldencochamber.org 
303.279.3113
  Deer Trail Rodeo, World's First Rodeo held in Deer Trail - Deer Trail webmaster@elbertco.com
303.621.3152

SEPTEMBER

Ouray County Fair & Rodeo - Ridgway 800.220.4959
  C P R A State Finals Grand Junction cpraoffice@coloradoprorodeo.com
CPRA State Office - 719.647.2828
  Middle Park Fair And Rodeo - Kremmling director@kremmlingchamber.com
877.573.4263 
JANUARY National Western Stock show - Denver nwtickets@nationalwestern.com
303.297.1166 x810

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Nevada

JUNE

Reno Rodeo 800.225.2277
info@reno-sparkschamber.org

PRCA Xtreme Bulls-Division - Reno 800.225.2277
info@reno-sparkschamber.org

SEPTEMBER

Bud Light Cup- Laughlin Info@INFR.US
863.763.4483

DECEMBER

National Finals Rodeo - Las Vegas sales@nationalfinalsrodeotickets.com
877.456.7223
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New Mexico

MAY

Sky City Rodeo Days All Indian Rodeo - Acoma
bvallo@7cities.net
800.747.0181

Winged High School Rodeo - Ft. Wingate  

JUNE

Santa Fe County The 55th Annual Rodeo
info@santafechamber.com
505.988.3279

Raton Rodeo Association Rodeo - Raton ratonchamber@bacavalley.com
Judy 505.445.2255 

Rodeo De Taos - Taos info@taoschamber.com
800.732.8267

JULY

Mescalero 4th of July Rodeo - Mescalero BDParrish@imgresortandcasino.com
505.464.5141

Smokey Bear Stampede - Capitan smokeybear@state.nm.us
505.354.2748  

Sky City Rodeo Days Bull Riding - Acoma Info@INFR.US
863.763.4483
 

National High School Finals - Farmington fcc@cyberport.com
505.325.0279  

AUGUST

Indian Ceremonial Rodeo - Gallup
hwy66@cia/g.com 
505.722.2228

Colfax County Fair & Rodeo - Springer 505.483.2998

SEPTEMBER

Sky City Rodeo Days Double Down - Ascente
Info@INFR.US
863.763.4483
  

New Mexico State Fair Bull Riding - Albuquerque infospec@abqchamber.com
505.764.3700

OCTOBER

Eastern NM State Fair Rodeo - Roswell
Info@RoswellCVB.com
505.624.6860 

NMRA Finals - Las Vegas, NM las@cybermesa.com 
505. 425.3850

NOVEMBER

PBR Finals - Las Vegas, NM las@cybermesa.com 
505. 425.3850
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Wyoming

MAY

Cody Wild West Days - Cody info@codywildwestdays.com
307.587.5387 

MAY - AUGUST

The Outlaw Saloon Summer Rodeo Series consists of 10 regular rodeos - Pine Bluffs mjgoodwine@msn.com
307.632.3626

ALL SUMMER

Jackson Hole Rodeo - Wednesday & Saturday at 8 p.m. - Jackson Hole jhrodeo@hotmail.com
Nov 15th - Apr 1st 435.652.0510
Otherwise 307.733.2805

ALL SUMMER

Every night - Cody  

JUNE

Overland Stage Stampede Rodeo - Green River
Full rodeo event with over 300 entries.
grchamber@sweetwaterhsa.com
307.872.0580

WEEK-LONG

College National Finals Rodeo - Casper
55th Annual CNFR with the cream of the crop of the nation’s collegiate cowboys and cowgirls competing for championship honors
800.442.2256 

Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Days - Sheridan
111th Anniversary and rollicking western extravaganza featuring the authentic Great American Wild West Show
ddir@fiberpipe.net
307.674.5440

May

Erickson Superbull - Afton
Professional Bull Riding and Rodeo
Also a $5000 BullPoker Tournament

307.885.5000 

44th Annual Woodchopper's Jamboree & Rodeo - Saratoga director@saratogachamber.info
307.326.8855

Flaming Gorge Days - Rock Springs
26th Annual Rough Stock Rodeo featuring bull riding, river slalom competition, classic car competition, evening concerts and more
307.875.5711

46th Annual Eastern Shoshone Indian Days Powwow & Rodeo - Fort Washakie Also an all-Indian rodeo at Fort Washakie 307.332.9106

JULY

85th anniversary Buffalo Bill Cody Stampede - Cody cody@codychamber.org
307.587.2777  

Pioneer Days - Lander, The celebration is over 100 years old and the three-day rodeo is the oldest paid rodeo in the world landerchamber@wyoming.com
800.433.0662

Ten Sleep Rodeo - Ten Sleep wacc@trib.com
307.347.3226

WEEK-LONG

Jubilee Days also mountain man rendezvous events, cowboy poetry readings, art shows, parades, fireworks, and lots of great food - Laramie 800.445.5303

WEEK-LONG

Rendezvous Days - Riverton info@wind-river.org
307-856-3483

WEEK-LONG

Central Wyoming Fair & Rodeo - Casper cwfr@centralwyomingfair.com
307.234.5362

74th anniversary of the Sheridan WYO Rodeo - Sheridan zgarstad@sheridan.edu
307.672.9084

WEEK-LONG

National High School Finals Rodeo - Gillette, Some of the best high school rodeo athletes in the country gather for this once a year event camplex@vcn.com
307.682.7406

WEEK-LONG

8th Annual Platte River Rodeo Association WRA Rodeo - Saratoga director@saratogachamber.info
307.326.8855

LAST FULL WEEK OF JULY

Cheyenne Frontier Days Daddy of 'em All - World's Largest Rodeo & Western Celebration, Est. 1897, always the last full week of July - Cheyenne arrowhead@cfdrodeo.com
800.227.6336

AUGUST

WEEK-LONG

Fremont County Fair and Rodeo - Riverton, PRCA Rodeo, redneck replays, bull riding, arena cross motorcycle races, carnival and more info@wind-river.org
307.856.7566

WEEK-LONG

2004 Wyoming State Fair and Rodeo - Douglas wyomingstatefair@netcommander.com
307.358.2398

4th Annual Saratoga Bullfest - Saratoga director@saratogachamber.info
307.326.8855

SEPTEMBER

Senior Pro Rodeo - Lusk, one of the top 10 Senior Pro Rodeo events lusk@wyoming.com
307.33402612

Don King Days - Sheridan, Old West rodeo events and polo tournaments at the oldest venue in the United States – the Big Horn equestrian center info@sheridanwyomingchamber.org
307.673.7120

Deke Latham Memorial Rodeo - Kaycee, One of the best PRCA small rodeos in the country in the middle of true cowboy country
307.738.2444

Brewfest and Bull Riding - Saratoga,. 9th Annual Steinley Cup Official State Microbrewery Competition, "Taste of the West" and 4th Annual Saratoga Bullfest director@saratogachamber.info
307.326.8855

LATE OCTOBER

Shawn Dubie Memorial Rodeo - Cheyenne. Three-days of rodeo (indoor arena) featuring top collegiate talent of the region 307.778.1192
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