9 Best Rodeos in Yellowstone Country

Just about every town in the Yellowstone area has a rodeo throughout the year. Wyoming is the rodeo capital of the West. See a list of the best.
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During a rodeo, cowboys and cowgirls put their skills to the test against legendary bulls, bucking broncs, crafty calves and hefty steers. Cowboys and cowgirls compete in events such as bareback bronc riding, bull riding, steer wrestling, steer roping, saddle bronc riding, calf roping and barrel racing.

Note: Some Wyoming rodeos have been cancelled for summer 2020 because of COVID-19 precautionary measures, including Cheyenne Frontier Days. This will mark the first time in 124 years that the Cheyenne rodeo will shut down. 

Cheyenne Frontier Days, the Largest Outdoor Rodeo in the World

Cheyenne, Wyo.

Time your trip with a Cheyenne, Wyo., tradition that’s been happening every year since 1897.

On your way to Yellowstone, head to Cheyenne Frontier Days, which is held the last full week of July and features the world’s largest outdoor rodeo.

The daily rodeo scene attracts rodeo professionals from all over who compete for more than $1 million in cash and prizes. At night, kick back to an amazing concert line-up that includes such greats as Toby Keith, Cole Swindell, Nickelback, Dierks Bentley, Charlie Daniels Band, Eric Church and the Florida Georgia Line.

You’ll also see a wild-horse race, an air show, behind-the-chutes tours, trick riding, a replica of a Native American Village, an old frontier town, a saloon, dancing and an art show. Love old cars? Watch several parades that include antique carriages and automobiles. 

Cheyenne Frontier Days has been canceled for the 2020 season but tickets for the 2021 season will go on sale in early winter.

For more information:
(800) 227-6336
cfdrodeo.com

Cody Nite Rodeo

Cody, Wyo.

Cody Nite Rodeo. Courtesy photo

Cody Nite Rodeo

Cody, situated directly east of Yellowstone, is often called the “Rodeo Capital of the World,” thanks to the Cody Nite Rodeo, which performs nightly from June through August. The Cody Nite Rodeo features bareback riding, saddle bronc riding, barrel racing and steer wrestling. The action is non-stop. Bull riding tops off every evening and will keep you on the edge of your seat until the very end.

In addition to the standard rodeo events, the Cody Nite Rodeo features a Novice Barrel Race for kids under 12, steer riding for those under the age of 14 and a calf scramble, where children from the audience are invited to participate in the crowd-pleasing event.

Cathy Ivory, Cody Nite Rodeo events coordinator, says the Cody Nite Rodeo is a high quality rodeo for people to see every night of the summer.

“This is the only place in the world where it is available,” she said. “That’s why Cody calls itself the Rodeo Capital of the World.”

NOTE: On Saturday June 20, 2020, the Cody Nite Rodeo is opening up the chutes to release the Cody Nite Rodeo. The Cody Nite Rodeo will be operating under an approved exception to the Wyoming State Health orders and the permitted limits placed on outdoor crowd size to help support the health of all involved with the Cody Nite Rodeo.

For more information:
(800) 393-2639
www.codyyellowstone.org/what-to-do/rodeos

Wild West Yellowstone Rodeo

West Yellowstone, Mont.

Wild West Yellowstone Rodeo near West Yellowstone, Montana

Wild West Yellowstone Rodeo

Attend a rodeo mid-June through August near Yellowstone's most popular gateway, the west entrance at West Yellowstone, Mont. And now you can even ride a horse to the event with a Rodeo Ride Package from Creekside Trail Rides.

For more information: 
(406) 560-6913 
www.yellowstonerodeo.com

Last Chance Stampede and Fair

Helena, Mont.

Last Chance Fair and Rodeo in Helena, Mont. Courtesy photo

Last Chance Stampede and Fair in Helena, Mont. 

Last Chance Stampede Rodeo near Helena, Montana

Last Chance Stampede Rodeo

Get ready to wrangle some fun at the Last Chance Stampede and Fair the last week of July. This longtime Helena, Mont., tradition ropes in top-notch talent, including 2018 headliner Dustin Lynch with special guest Tyler Rich, for its four-day, family-oriented rodeo festival.

In two action-packed hours every night, PRCA Rodeo award-winning announcer Wayne Brooks makes even the newest rodeo fans feel at home, explaining what is unfolding before their eyes.

Held at the Lewis & Clark County Fairgrounds and Exhibit Hall, locals say there isn’t a bad seat in the house.

When you get hungry, be sure to veer over to the Kiwanis Club tent for a regionally famous Kiwanis Steak Sandwich.

“It’s the benchmark for how good the fair is,” says local Mike Gurnett. “You could own a five-star restaurant and come here and the Kiwanis sandwich would beat you.”

More Information:
(406) 457-8516
www.lewisandclarkcountyfairgrounds.com

Pioneer Days Rodeo

Lander, Wyo.

In Wyoming, Lander holds the popular Lander Pioneer Days Rodeo each summer. Being the oldest “paid” rodeo, it has been called the “Granddaddy of ‘Em All.” Check the site below for this year’s schedule.

For more information:
(800) 645-6233
windriver.org/event/pioneer-days-rodeo

Sheridan Rodeo

Bronco rider at Sheridan's WYO Rodeo. Courtesy photo

Bronco rider at Sheridan's WYO Rodeo. 

Sheridan, Wyo.

In Sheridan, there are rodeo events all summer long, including the Sheridan-WYO PRCA Rodeo, Don King Days Old West Rodeo (Labor Day), cowgirls and county rodeos, youth and college rodeos and team ropings.

The Sheridan WYO Rodeo, a top-ranked national professional rodeo, features some of the world’s best and has been held every July for more than 85 years. It's a four-day event surrounded by a weeklong celebration. This rodeo features the nation’s top cowboys and cowgirls in nonstop, high-octane performances, plus the can’t-miss World Championship Indian Relay Races, boot kickoff, street dances, parade, bed races and carnival. 

For more information:
(888) 596-6787
sheridanwyorodeo.com

Red Desert Rodeo

Rock Springs, Wyo.

Twice voted “the best mountain states circuit PRCA rodeo," the event consists of three performances: a PRCA Pro Rodeo, a Coors Chute Out and Dodge Truck Rodeo that attracts big-name competitors. The Red Desert Rodeo is a “single go,” which means there will be different cowboys participating in each performance.

For more information:
www.rdrrodeo.com

Deer Creek Days

Glenrock, Wyo.

Ranch-style rodeo takes center stage the first weekend in August as Glenrock hosts Deer Creek Days, one of small-town America’s best community celebrations. From the parade to the pancake breakfast to the gathering in the park, mark your calendar for this fun-filled weekend.

For more information:
conversecountytourism.com

Livingston Roundup Rodeo

Livingston Rodeo Action. Courtesy photo

Livingston Rodeo Action.

Livingston, Mont.

The Livingston Roundup Rodeo has a long history as it began in Livingston, Mont., in July 1925. Every year on July 2, 3 and 4, the Livingston Roundup Rodeo, a Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association and Women’s Professional Rodeo Association event, convenes nightly at 8 p.m. where top hands compete in saddle bronc, bareback, team roping, tie-down roping, steer wrestling, bull riding and barrel racing. In 2016, the association will pony up $96,000.00 ($12,000 per event) along with contestant entry fees for a total purse far in excess of $200,000.00.

The Livingston Roundup Rodeo is the largest in the Montana Circuit of the PRCA by purse and the current board of directors continues that tradition with some of the finest rodeo action that the West has to offer,” and some of the best rough stock in the country. The rodeo announcer continues to be award-winning Steve Kenyon.

For more information:
(406) 222-3199
Livingston Roundup Association, Box 800, Livingston, MT 59047
livingstonroundup.com

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