Beyond the National Western Stock Show: Rodeos in Colorado

Colorado’s Western spirit is reincarnated at rodeos throughout the state, where traditional affairs such as bull riding, steer wrestling and livestock competitions are often paired with contemporary festivities, including concerts from big-name country entertainers, dog shows and super-cool contests (think craft beer and ski jumping).

Meeker Range Call Rodeo
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Our list of classic Colorado rodeos focuses on those that are more than 100 years old. Plan your trip around these Wild West favorites. 

While Denver’s massive National Western Stock Show (Jan. 7–22, 2023) features the largest crop of rodeo competitions, there is an abundance of Colorado rodeo events during the summer and early fall, including:

Greeley Stampede

Greeley, June 22–July 4, 2023
An event that started in the 1800s to honor local potato farmers, the Greeley Stampede has blossomed into a festival attracting more than 250,000 people annually. Attractions include the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) Rodeo, a carnival, the Big Buckle Ball, art exhibits, BMX show, Canine Spectacular, Fourth of July parade and a variety of concerts.

Range Call 

Meeker, July TBA, 2023
The Fourth of July parade and fireworks are highlights during this 134-year-old Meeker tradition. In addition to rodeo action, the event features concerts, historical reenactments, a barn dance, pancake breakfast and 5K run.

Cattlemen's Days

Gunnison, July 13–15, 2023
Another celebrated Colorado tradition, Cattlemen’s Days began in the 1800s as a time between spring calving and summer haying when ranchers took a break to test their riding and roping skills in competitions on Gunnison’s Main Street. The event includes a PRCA Rodeo, livestock exhibitions and competitions, a new ranch rodeo, parade, dog show, evening carnival and dance.

Colorado State Fair

Pueblo, Aug. 25–Sept. 4, 2023
State fair entertainment and Colorado traditions converge yearly for a seven-day itinerary of Western fun. Don’t miss PRCA Rodeo competitions, the Green Chili Championship, monster truck rallies, livestock shows and petting zoos, day and night carnivals, live concerts, craft beer tasting at the Foam Fest and more deep-fried delights than you can imagine.

More Colorado Rodeos

 Southern Colorado Little Britches Rodeo, June TBA, 2023, Monte Vista
 Kit Carson Little Britches Rodeo, May TBA, 2023, Burlington
True Western Roundup, June 7, 2023, Durango
Steamboat Springs Pro Rodeo, June–Aug.TBA, 2023, Steamboat Springs
• Snowmass Rodeo, Wednesdays, June–Aug.TBA, 2023, Snowmass Village
• Flying Heels Rodeo Series, July TBA, 2023, Granby  
• Red Ryder Roundup Rodeo, July TBA, 2023, Pagosa Springs
Brush 4th of July Parade & Rodeo, July TBA, 2023, Brush
• Estes Park Rooftop Rodeo, July 5–10, 2023, Estes Park
Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo, July 11–15, 2023, Colorado Springs
Chaffee County Fair, July TBA, 2023, Salida
Meeker Summer Rodeo Series, select dates, June–Aug.TBA, 2023
• Buffalo Bill Days, July TBA, 2023, Golden
• Deltarado Days, July TBA, 2023, Delta

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