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Summer Colorado Rodeos
Summer in Colorado can only mean one thing: Rodeos. Strap on those boots and dust off those cowboy hats, we’re heading down to the many picturesque fairgrounds of Colorado to catch the best roping, wrestling and bull riding this season.
Travel through Centennial State cities like Buena Vista, Monte Vista, Castle Rock, Longmont, and Cañon City – all beautiful stops during the Colorado summer. Find family fun at the Collegiate Peaks Stampede Rodeo, or the Royal Gorgo Rodeo in southern Colorado's San Luis Valley. Not only are great rodeos a guarantee, but delicious food, exciting games, and thrilling rides.
Win something for your sweetheart at the Cowboy Up in Kiowa, and kick off the summer with the on-your-feet action of the Monte Vista CPRA Rodeo. You can’t beat the fun, food, and fantastic rodeos of Colorado’s summer season.
Head to the Denver metro area for the Boulder County Fair & Rodeo, or wait for September and make your way northwest to Grand Junction near Clifton – home of the CPRA Finals.
See what rodeos are taking place in your town this summer, or pack up the family and head to one of the many shows happening throughout Colorado.
Boulder County Fair & Rodeo
Held during the Boulder County Fair, the Boulder County Rodeo takes place in early August at the Boulder County Fairgrounds. Show starts at 5 p.m., with a Slack Rodeo at 9 a.m.
The fair, livestock show, and rodeo take place in the northern Colorado city of Longmont – just out side of Boulder in the Denver metropolitan area.
The Boulder County Fair & Livestock Show & Rodeo also features 4-H exhibitors, unforgettable fair food, and a carnival.
The Boulder County Rodeo is held within the Jack Murphy Arena, and features classic rodeo events like bronc and bull riding, team roping, barrel racing, and so much more.
Cowboy Up In Kiowa Rodeo
Happening in Kiowa, the Cowboy Up In Kiowa rodeo takes place in late June at the Elbert County Fairgrounds. Set in the southeastern Denver metropolitan area just east of Castle Rock, Kiowa Up is an anticipated summer event.
This CPRA rodeo starts at 7 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, plus a Slack Rodeo at 8 a.m. The show is supported by the Cowboy Up in Kiowa Rodeo Committee.
The annual Cowboy Up events include open and mixed team roping, bull riding, bareback riding, steer wrestling, saddle bronc, and barrel racing.
Extra fun at the Kiowa Rodeo includes mutton bustin, food and games, plus a concert and dance on both Friday and Saturday night in the Cowboy Hostility Tent.
Monte Vista’s CPRA Rodeo
Kick off your summer with the Monte Vista CPRA Rodeo. Held over Memorial Day weekend, this Monte Vista rodeo is located in the beautiful San Luis Valley of southern Colorado.
Riders, ropers, and racers from New Mexico, Arizona, Texas, and of course Colorado professional rodeo associations compete in some classic rodeo events here in MV.
Show starts at 7 p.m. both nights, plus a Slack Rodeo at 1 p.m. on Sunday. The ]Monte Vista CPRA Rodeois held at Ski Hi Park in eastern Monte Vista.
The 13,300-square-foot Ski Hi Complex features everything from an arena to grandstands, concessions, and big lights for the big event.
Cañon City’s Royal Gorge Rodeo
Held since 1872, the Royal Gorge Rodeo is known as “Colorado's Oldest Continuous Rodeo.”
Happening the first weekend of May – also known as Apple Blossom Days – the Royal Gorge Rodeo is an annual CPRA event set in Cañon City. Hosted by the Cañon City Rodeo Association, RGR is anticipated rodeo weekend in Colorado’s stunning Royal Gorge region in the south-central part of the state.
The 2015 Royal Gorge Rodeo is held at the Cañon City Rodeo Grounds – found at the top of 9th Street in southern Cañon City. Show starts at 7 p.m. both nights, plus a Slack Rodeo at 9 a.m. on Sunday.
Some Royal Gorge Rodeo events include bareback riding, bullriding, team roping, and barrel racing – plus barbeque and halftime mutton bustin’. Outside of the rodeo, the simultaneous Apple Blossom Days features food, live music, games, and a festive atmosphere all together.
Arapahoe County Fair & Rodeo
For over 100 years, the Arapahoe County Fair and Rodeo has been a celebrated even in the city of Aurora. Rodeo fans flock to the Arapahoe Park Race Track from all over to enjoy its five days of concerts, entertainment, and activities native to the Denver area.
Events and activities at the rodeo include concerts, demolition derbies, rodeos, trout fishing, a petting zoo, a dog show, mutton bustin', 4-H exhibits, and a junior livestock auction. The carnival rides and games are also must-sees – kids love the toddler driving school, face painting, crafts, and the Sinton Dairy hay maze.
Collegiate Peaks Stampede Rodeo
Join this excited crowd for the Collegiate Peaks Stampede Rodeo in early July. This annual celebration takes place in Buena Vista – a city set in central Colorado just 90 miles west of Colorado Springs, and neighboring the San Isabel National Forest.
Established in 1922, the Collegiate Peaks Stampede Rodeo is an award-winning experience just waiting for you and yours this summer.
Head to the Buena Vista Rodeo Grounds on Saturday evening and Sunday afternoon for some Mutton Bustin’, and don’t miss the Sunday Afternoon Rodeo for its anticipated Finals segment.
Find yourself in the Rockies this summer – the best place for rodeos and family fun – after an exciting weekend of celebrating the annual Collegiate Peaks Stampede Rodeo.
Taking place annually in September, the Colorado Professional Rodeo Association Finals (CPRA Finals) are held at the Mesa County Fairgrounds, on the south side of Grand Junction near Clifton.
This fan-favorite northern Colorado event features three jam-packed days of rodeo excitement, including tie-down roping, mixed-team roping, breakaway roping, open-team roping, ladies barrel racing, bareback bronc riding, steer wrestling, and saddle bronc riding.
Enjoy autumn in its finest in Grand Junction at the fairgrounds. Not only is it fun to watch, but it also helps a great cause – the proceeds from the rodeo benefit the volunteer based Mesa County Sheriff's Posse, a search and rescue group.
Montrose County Fair & Rodeo
For over 125 years, the Montrose County Fair and Rodeo has offered rodeo fun and western heritage for all southern Colorado visitors. The 10-day festivities include a Junior livestock show, CPRA Rodeo, ranch rodeo, horse shows and a tractor pull.
Kids enjoy competing in the junior shows including the dog agility, rabbit show, Working Ranch Show, sheep show, and goat show. Build a float for entry in the fair parade and have fun cruising through town. Submit your best chili for the Chili Cook-Off or arrive hungry for the pie-eating contest.
Rodeo Rocks the Fort
Held annually in late May, Rodeo Rocks the Fort is a yearly staple among northern Colorado rodeo fans – both residential and visiting. Sponsored by the Rodeo News and the Colorado Professional Rodeo Association, Rodeo Rocks the Fort is jam-packed with equine excitement.
Make way to Bill Pickett Equine Center Arena on the Colorado State University Foothills campus, to watch the team roping events. This campus encompasses 1,705 acres, west of Fort Collins and is home to the Engineering Research Center and the Animal Reproduction Biotechnology Lab.
Held annually over Labor Day weekend, the Trinidad Round-Up has been entertaining Trinidad guests for 100 years.
Visit the Las Animas County Fairgrounds for a great time filled with festivities, like the county fair and livestock show, the carnival, concerts, parade, street dance, and breakfast.
The rodeo events include open team roping, bronco riding, steer wrestling, bare-back riding, tie-down calf roping, mixed-team roping, barrel racing, wild horse racing, and bull riding.
Adults can practice their best boot-scootin boogie at the Kick Off Dance. Don't miss this fun southern Colorado tradition.