Giddy Up at the Rodeo

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A fundamental part of the Colorado culture is the rodeo.  Held in more than 34 towns and cities around the state throughout the summer months, there is a pro and/or junior rodeo convenient to nearly every destination. Your group will thrill to the action and atmosphere of a local rodeo when visiting for a business meeting or leisure group outing.

Designed to test the skills and speed of the cowboy and cowgirl athletes, the rodeo is a thrill a minute to watch. Events include bronc riding, barrel racing, team roping, burro racing, calf scramble, steer wrestling, and of course bull riding.

One of the larger rodeos in the state is the Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo in Colorado Springs.  A tradition since 1937, the rodeo is held every July and includes a concert, dinner gala, and parade leading up to the four day main event.  The Greeley Stampede, nearly 100 years old, is held every summer in late June through Independence Day.  Events at the Stampede include the Big Buckle Ball, Monster Trucks, and Carnival Americana in addition to the traditional rodeo action. In nearby Loveland, the Larimer County Fair and Rodeo offers visitors a chance to try a range of Colorado microbrews at the Gnarly Barley Brewfest as well as watch the mountain men at the Timberworks Lumberjack Show, and of course take in the sights and sounds of the rodeo itself. In the south western region of the state, there is the San Miguel Basin Rodeo near Telluride, the Ute Mountain Round-Up Rodeo near Durango, Cattlemen’s Days in Gunnison near Crested Butte, and the South Fork Little Britches Rodeo and Creede Family Rodeo and Roping near Pagosa Springs.  The Steamboat Springs Pro Rodeo Series is nearly every weekend in the summer.  Dating back to approximately 1898, before the town was even incorporated, the Rodeo has its roots in the ranching community of Steamboat.  Known as the ‘Super Bowl of Stock Shows’ the National Western Stock Show hosted in Denver also hosts the ‘Indoor Rodeo of the Year’ every January, along with the largest horse show, Western Art exhibit and sale, trade show, super dogs show, and more.  And in the central Rockies there’s the High Country Stampede and Rodeo in Fraser near Winter Park and Granby, the Chaffee County Fair and Rodeo in Salida, the Eagle County Fair and Rodeo in Eagle (near Vail and Beaver Creek), the Snowmass Rodeo in Aspen, the Beaver Creek Rodeo, and the Lake County Rodeo not too far from Keystone and Breckenridge.

Ticket prices for the rodeo range from $9 to hundreds for vip seating at the larger events, with most averaging between $12 – $25.