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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Western Rodeo. 

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.

Cheyenne Frontier Days, the Largest Outdoor Rodeo in the World

Cheyenne, Wyoming

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.

Celebrate western culture at Cheyenne Frontier Days July 19-28, 2019. See concerts with incredible singers like Tim McGraw, Keith Urban, Post Malone and Miranda Lambert who will take the stage in 2019; 

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. 

For more information:
(800) 227-6336

Cody Nite Rodeo

Cody Nite Rodeo. Courtesy photo

Cody Nite Rodeo. Courtesy photo

Cody, Wyoming

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.”

For more information:
(800) 393-2639

Last Chance Stampede and Fair

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

Helena, Montana

Get ready to wrangle some fun at the Last Chance Stampede and Fair the last week of July. Held July 25-28, 2018, 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

Pioneer Days Rodeo

Lander, Wyoming

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

Sheridan Rodeo

Bronco rider at Sheridan's WYO Rodeo. Courtesy photo

Bronco rider at Sheridan's WYO Rodeo. 

Sheridan, Wyoming

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. 2016 Dates: July 13-16

For more information:
(888) 596-6787

Wyoming High School Rodeos

Douglas, Wyoming

Rodeo season at the Wyoming State Fairgrounds in Douglas begins in June with two Wyoming High School Rodeos. Rodeo returns to Douglas the third full week in August when the Wyoming State Fair & Rodeo comes to town. 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 gathering in the park, mark your calendar for this fun-filled weekend.

For more information:
(877) 937-4996

Red Desert Rodeo

Rock Springs, Wyoming

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.

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Deer Creek Days

Glenrock, Wyoming

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.

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Livingston Roundup Rodeo

Livingston Rodeo Action. Courtesy photo

Livingston Rodeo Action.

Livingston, Montana

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


Wind River Powwow. Courtesy Photo

See a Powwow Near Yellowstone

Learn more about the rich heritage of Native American culture at an Indian Powwow, a social event that attracts tribal members from across the country.


Attend an Old West Gun Fight

The Irma Hotel hosts free gunfights performed by the Cody Gunfighters. A shootout is also held in the town square of Jackson, Wyom. on summer afternoons.