When + How to Attend Colorado’s Best Rodeos
Let's let 2022 be the year all the rodeos get to return to Colorado!
Grand Junction is ready to rodeo as is Fruita, Montrose, Delta, and everyone else in the state. Below you'll find a schedule of rodeos, fairs, and rodeo-style events you'll want on your calendar this spring, summer, and fall.
When Is Rodeo Season in Colorado?
Some Colorado rodeos happen in the spring, a few more happen around the 4th of July, and the majority of them happen in July, August, and September. Some communities in the state have a spring event then host a rodeo later in the year We'll include both in the gallery of rodeo events below.
Which Rodeo is the Oldest Rodeo in Colorado?
Some folks say The Ski-Hi Stampede is Colorado's oldest rodeo. It dates back to 1919. Others give credit to the Deer Trail, Colorado Exhibition in 1869. They not only claim to be Colorado's oldest rodeo, but they also claim it was the world's first rodeo.
Check Out All the Must-See Rodeos in Colorado in 2022
Below you'll find schedules and dates for 17 rodeo events happening in Colorado in 2022. We've included all the rodeos that have confirmed their dates for the spring and summer, plus a couple of events that you'll also love to attend even if they are not officially sanctioned rodeo competitions. Grab your boots and your best buckle and let's rodeo in Colorado!
The Great Northwest Summer Kick-Off in Craig, Colorado
- Rodeo Name: The Great Northwest Summer Kick-Off
- City: Craig, Colorado
- Location: 775 Yampa Avenue, Ste 105, Craig, Colorado 81625
- Dates: May 5th to May 11th, 2022
- Highlights: May brings the 34th annual Where the Hell is Maybell? This bike event combined with the Downtown Craig Spring Expo will have you ready for the authentic Western Great American Horse Drive that takes place during this event. Tap the link to see their website and to find out more.
Rifle Rendezvous Festival in Rifle, Colorado
- Rodeo Name: Rifle Rendezvous Festival
- City: Rifle, Colorado.
- Location: Rifle Rendezvous Festival, 1001 Railroad Ave, Rifle, Co 81650
- Dates: May 13th to May 15th, 2022.
- Highlights: This year’s event will feature the Young Guns Youth Rodeo ages 3 to 18 at the outdoor arena at the Garfield County Fairgrounds. Tap the link to see more info about this event.
Royal Gorge Rodeo in Canon City, Colorado
- Rodeo Name: Royal Gorge Rodeo
- City: Canon City
- Location: 1595 S 9th St, Cañon City, CO 81212
- Dates: May 4th to May 8th, 2022.
- Highlights: The Royal Gorge Rodeo is one of Colorado’s oldest and returns to the Jack Merris Arena in Canon City in May. This rodeo is usually held during the Canon City Music & Blossom Festival which is usually around May 5th each year. This year’s event is still being planned but you can tap this link to learn more, and see updates for this two-day event.
Meeker Summer Rodeo Series in Meeker, Colorado
- Rodeo Name: Meeker Summer Rodeo Series
- City: Meeker, Colorado
- Location: 700 Sulphur Creek Road, Meeker, Co 81641
- Dates: June 2nd, 2022
- Highlights: The summer rodeo series in Meeker features family fun at the rodeo every Thursday night from June 10th to August 19th. Tap the link to see more info.
Collegiate Peaks Stampede Rodeo in Buena Vista, Colorado
- Rodeo Name: Collegiate Peaks Stampede Rodeo
- City: Buena Vista, Colorado.
- Location: Gregg Dr, Buena Vista, CO 81211
- Dates: TBD (Usually a June event)
- Highlights: Once the update is released make sure to save the date in your calendar. The Buena Vista rodeo grounds come with some of the prettiest scenery at any rodeo in Colorado and are well worth the drive. Bull riding, barrel racing, breakaway roping, and tons more are a part of this giant rodeo.
Rimrock Rodeo in Fruita, Colorado
- Rodeo Name: Rimrock Rodeo
- City: Fruita, Colorado.
- Location: 1 Mile south of I-70 Exit 19 on HWY 340 (just across the Colorado River)
- Dates: June to August/ Tuesday evenings
- Highlights: Starting at 4:30 PM every Tuesday from June to August we get Mutton Busting and Pro Rodeo riders each week. Tap the link to see more info.
Ute Mountain Roundup in Cortez, Colorado
- Rodeo Name: Ute Mountain Roundup in Cortez
- City: Cortez, Colorado.
- Location: 30100 US 160, Cortez, Co 81321
- Dates: June 9th to June 11th, 2022
- Highlights: Rodeo action, rodeo clouds, and wild rodeo fun take place over three days in June. Tap the link to see their Facebook page.
The Greeley Stampede in Greeley, Colorado
- Rodeo Name: The Greeley Stampede
- City: Greeley, Colorado
- Location: 600 N 14th Ave, Greeley, CO 80632
- Dates: June 23rd to July 4th, 2022
- Highlights: The longhorn Drive is scheduled for June 23rd of this year at 11 AM in downtown Greeley near Lincoln Park. Tap the link to see the rest of their plans to Rodeo this summer.
Cowboy Up in Kiowa Rodeo in Kiowa, Colorado
- Rodeo Name: Cowboy Up in Kiowa Rodeo
- City: Kiowa, Colorado.
- Location: 95 Ute Ave, Kiowa, CO 80117
- Dates: June 24th & 25th, 2022.
- Highlights: The Hero’s Rodeo Night will be June 24th, with Slack and Community Night events on the 25th. June 25th is also Take Back the West Family Night at the Elbert County Fairgrounds. Tap the link to see more.
Mesa County Fair and Rodeo in Grand Junction, Colorado
- Rodeo Name: Mesa County Fair and Rodeo
- City: Grand Junction, Colorado.
- Location: 2785 U.S. Highway 50 in Grand Junction, Co 81503
- Dates: July 12th to the 16th, 2022
- Highlights: This year’s Mesa County Fair will feature Thursday night Bull Riding, a Friday Night Rodeo, and Monster Trucks on Saturday night. The schedule is coming together now but you can bookmark this link for updates.
Montrose County Fair and Rodeo in Montrose, Colorado
- Rodeo Name: Montrose County Fair and Rodeo
- City: Montrose, Colorado.
- Location: 1001 N 2nd St, Montrose, CO 81401
- Dates: July 23rd to the 30th, 2022.
- Highlights: Rodeo slack, mutton busting, live auction, and buck-it bull riding. This is an action-packed week for sure so do not miss it. Tap the link to see more info as they update this event in Montrose.
Ski-Hi Stampede in Monte Vista, Colorado
- Rodeo Name: Ski-Hi Stampede
- City: Monte Vista, Colorado
- Location: 101 Adams St # B, Monte Vista, CO 81144
- Dates: July 21st to July 24th, 2022.
- Highlights: The PRCA Rodeo with Smith Pro Rodeos will take place on the 22nd, 23rd, and 24th. Tap the link to see more info.
Delta County Fair in Hotchkiss, Colorado
- Rodeo Name: Delta County Fair
- City: Delta, Colorado.
- Location: 4th Street Hotchkiss, Co 81419
- Dates: July 29th to August 7th, 2022.
- Highlights: 2022 brings the 117th Delta County fair to Western Colorado. This event is held in Hotchkiss and highlights the hardworking youth of Delta County and their love for Ag.
Arapahoe County Fair and Rodeo in Aurora, Colorado
- Rodeo Name: Arapahoe County Fair and Rodeo
- City: Aurora, Colorado.
- Location: 25690 E Quincy Ave, Aurora, CO 80016
- Dates: July 28th to July 31st, 2022.
- Highlights: The rodeo will return to the Arapahoe County Fair at the end of July this year. Tap the link to see what is planned for this summer in Aurora, Colorado.
Trinidad Rodeo Roundup in Trinidad, Colorado
- Rodeo Name: Trinidad Rodeo Roundup
- City: Trinidad, Colorado.
- Location: 2000 N Linden Ave, Trinidad, CO 81082
- Dates: TBD (Usually a Labor Day Weekend Event)
- Highlights: Events are spread out indoors and outdoors for the Rodeo in Trinidad. This fair and rodeo do feature bull riding and lots more tap the link to see the Trinidad Roundup on Facebook.
Meeker Mustang Makeover in Meeker, Colorado
- Rodeo Name: Meeker Mustang Makeover
- City: Meeker, Colorado.
- Location: 779 Sulphur Creek Road, Meeker, Co 81641
- Dates: August 27th, 2022.
- Highlights: This event is all about celebrating the Colorado wild horses that are a part of our state. This year the event will feature the Sand Wash basin Mustangs of Colorado. Participants compete for over $10,000 in prize money. Tap the link to see more.
Boulder County Fair and Rodeo in Longmont, Colorado
- Rodeo Name: Boulder County Fair and Rodeo
- City: Longmont, Colorado.
- Location: 9595 Nelson Rd #200, Longmont, CO 80501
- Dates: August 11th to August 14th, 2022.
- Highlights: This year’s fair will feature rodeo action and a demo derby. A tractor pull, BMX throwdown, and stunt dogs will all be part of this year’s fun.