The List: Cowboy Christmas Rodeos

July is Cowboy Christmas in the rodeo world, with more than 30 events across the West. Here's 10 to get you started.
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July is Cowboy Christmas in the rodeo world, with more than 30 events across the West. Here's 10 to get you started.
Credit: Hubbell Rodeo Photos

Credit: Hubbell Rodeo Photos

Greeley Stampede 

June 25–July 5

Greeley, Colo.

website, 970-356-7787

Produced in celebration of our nation’s independence and to preserve our western heritage, this rodeo is an internationally acclaimed festival, attracting more than 250,000 people.

Prescott Frontier Days—World’s Oldest Rodeo

June 29–July 5

Prescott, Ariz.

website, 928-445-3103

This event, occurring annually over the Fourth of July since 1888, puts on a whopping eight action-packed rodeos. 

Buffalo Bill Cody Stampede Rodeo

July 1–3

Cody, Wyo.

website, 307-587-5155

Starting officially in 1919, the Cody Stampede Rodeo has become the PRCA’s largest one-header rodeo. Watch some 800 contestants compete for more than $400,000.

St. Paul Rodeo —80th Annual 4th of July Rodeo

July 1-4, 2015

St. Paul, Ore.

website, 800-237-5920

With prize monies approaching $500,000, nearly 1,000 athletes compete in this Wrangler Million Dollar Tour Rodeo, which attracts the world’s top competitors.

Red Lodge Rodeo—85th Home of Champions Rodeo

July 2–4

Red Lodge, Mont.

website, 406-446-2422

Named for local cowboy Bill Linderman after winning his third World All Around Champion title in 1954, the Home of Champions Rodeo is a no-frills, action-packed, good time. 

The Calgary Stampede

July 3–12

Calgary, Alberta, Canada

website, 888-883-3828

“The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth” attracts more than one million visitors per year with one of the world’s largest rodeos, chuckwagon racing, and First Nations exhibitions.

Pikes peak or bust rodeo—75 years

July 8–11

Colorado Springs, Colo.


Celebrating 75 years of rodeo in the home of the Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame, this rodeo’s proceeds have been benefiting military members and their families since 1946.

Cattlemen’s Days

July 9–11

Gunnison, Colo.


With history dating back to 1900, this rodeo has grown to include three nights of PRCA rodeo, including one night at the country’s #1 Tough Enough to Wear Pink rodeo.

Dinosaur Roundup Rodeo

July 9–11

Vernal, Utah

website, 435-828-1568

Voted a premier event eight times by its contestants, this rodeo offers a $70,000 purse to more than 700 competitors.

Cheyenne Frontier Days

July 17-26

Cheyenne, Wyo.

website, 307-778-7200

This outdoor rodeo, held annually since 1897 is known as the “Daddy of ’em All”. The event, one of the largest of its kind in the world, draws nearly 200,000 people every year.