There’s nothing better than throwing on a good pair of boots and watching one of the most dangerous events around – the rodeo. Each year comes with a spectacular array of rodeo events you’d kick yourself in the rear for missing, but a very prominent question we get tends to be, “which ones are the best ones to see?” Well here’s a list of the top ten rodeos we feel are the best of the best; from singular rodeo events to full on jamborees we guarantee you’ll have a good time no matter which of these you attend!
10. The Reno Rodeo – Reno, NV
Did your Fourth of July celebration end a little too soon for your liking? Well saddle up and head to The Reno Rodeo from June 16th through the 25th. Like most other rodeos this one features many events to keep the whole family involved – even if the main rodeo attractions aren’t up their alley. The featured Cowboy Church has you covered for some away-from-home Sunday worship should you so choose.
You can take a look at the full list of events at the website listed below; so see for yourself just how incredible The Reno Rodeo is year after year: http://www.renorodeo.com/
9. World’s Oldest Rodeo – Prescott, AZ
Featuring eight world-class rodeo performances, the 188-year-old “World’s Oldest Rodeo” will be holding it’s 129th annual Fourth of July celebration! This rodeo features wild horse races, an arts and crafts show as well as a kiddie parade; it never fails to bring a smile on the faces of the whole family. Anyone looking for a special night out with their significant other can even attend the Rodeo Dance!
For a more detailed list of activities and prices, see the event website here: http://www.worldsoldestrodeo.com
8. Greeley Stampede – Greeley, CO
From June 23rd through July 4th you can experience everything that the Greeley Stampede has to offer. From rodeos and barrel events to a demolition derby and more – there’s guaranteed to be something for the entire family to see. Even if someone coming along isn’t a big fan of rodeo themselves, there’s still the parade and the fireworks!
Check out the detailed list of all upcoming events and ticket prices here: http://www.greeleystampede.org/
7. Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo – Houston, TX
For those of us unlucky enough to have never attended the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, it’s quite possibly one of the best rodeos to take your family to in Texas. Filled with rodeos and events, the full celebration even has concerts and a carnival you can take the kids to for a day (or days) of fun and excitement. From March 1st through March 20th you can experience a full slew of activities designed to keep you entertained!
You can find all the information about this rodeo you need straight from their website: http://www.rodeohouston.com/
6. Pendleton Round-Up – Pendleton, OR
This is one rodeo designed to bring more of a Native American background to the audience. Rest assured that the rodeo itself is amazing, but the addition of some light history is always fun to both see and hear. This is one rodeo event you’d definitely want to take the kids along to! For those that enjoy this true Midwestern feel, you can attend this year from September 14th through the 17th.
To learn more about this rodeo, feel free to visit their website here: http://www.pendletonroundup.com/
5. Weekley Brothers Davie Pro Rodeo – Davie, FL
Finally, an event not being held in the Midwest makes it to our top ten list with the Davie Pro Rodeo in Davie, Florida. If you’re a true fan of rodeo then this is the one you want to see! While there are plenty of vendors with a great assortment of foods, there’s little more up the avenue of kids. There is an upside though, rodeo events are held here throughout the year, so even if you miss one there’s still more right around the corner!
For ticket prices and other information about the Davey Pro Rodeo, you can find it on their website here: http://davieprorodeo.com/dpr/
4. Cheyenne Frontier Days – Cheyenne, WY
If you haven’t had the pleasure of attending what’s been called “The Daddy of ‘Em All,” don’t worry! It’s an annual event filled with fun for the whole family, so even if you miss one year you’ll still be able to meet the next. This year it runs from July 22nd-31st (2016).
This rodeo is 10 days long filled with all the normal rodeo activities as well as a carnival for the kids, but there’s still plenty for the adults! Ten full days of activities, events, concerts, beer and some really juicy turkey legs will keep you coming back year after year for the premiere rodeo of the Midwest.
For more information and ticket princess you can visit the rodeo’s website here: http://www.cfdrodeo.com/
3. Ellensburg Rodeo – Ellensburg, WA
Here’s an old rodeo that’s host to a slew of events on top of the existing fair that takes place at the same time. Ellensburg Rodeo lasts for five days and is generally held in the beginning of September every year.
If you’re looking for a great rodeo to take the whole family to – this is it. Opening with a parade, the Kittitas County Fair and even hosting the World Finale of PRCA’s Extreme Bulls Tour, Ellensburg is on a lot of “Must See” lists!
If you would like to see a detailed list of events and prices, here’s the website: http://ellensburgrodeo.com
2. National Finals Rodeo – Las Vegas, NV
Can you imagine Las Vegas with a more Western feeling? All the fun of the normal nightlife mixed with some good old-fashioned country themes make this one of the best rodeos you could attend in the US. Even if you’re not going for the main events, they still host other free shows you could see just by being in Vegas.
For ten days you’ll be witness to what’s been called the Super Bowl of rodeos, the National Finals Rodeo.
For more information and ticket prices for next year, you can visit the main website here: http://nfrexperience.com/
1. National Western Stock Show & Rodeo – Denver, CO
For 110 years now the National Western Stock Show & Rodeo has been attracting people across the globe to it’s events. The entire thing lasts closer to a full month than a matter of days and is filled with fun for the whole family. From parades and live music to plenty of good food and great drinks you’ll be remiss to skip out on the best rodeo in the United States!
Starting on January 9th this massive event will be ongoing through January 24th and will feature nearly 30 rodeos in that time – not including the horse shows, agricultural trade shows as well as the “Super Bowl” of livestock shows.
If you need more information about the shows or the ticket prices themselves, you can find all that information here: http://nationalwestern.com