If you seek edge of your seat fun for the whole family look no further than the Steamboat Springs Pro Rodeo Series. Steamboat was a ranching town before it grew into the ski town it is today and the summer rodeo serves as a perfect reminder of the Western heritage that has shaped this town.
Steamboat Springs culture included rodeo before the town was even incorporated more than 100 years ago. The first mentions of a rodeo can be found in the Steamboat Pilot dating all the way back to 1898! A popular event of the past was Game Day in which crowds gathered to watch rough riding, steer roping, pony racing, and shooting contests. At this time there was no rodeo arena in Steamboat Springs, rather people formed a circle with their horses and even cars to create an event ring. The site of these makeshift rodeo arenas would eventually become what is presently known as the Brent Romick Rodeo Arena and the location of the rodeos held here each summer.
Every Friday and Saturday evening from mid-June to mid-August Steamboat hosts Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association sanctioned rodeos downtown at the Brent Romick Rodeo Arena, which is named after local rider, Brent Romick. Spectators enjoy classic rodeo events such as barrel racing, calf roping, steer wrestling, team penning, bareback riding, and of course everyone’s favorite, bull riding.
Traditional rodeo clown acts, the calf scramble (ages 6-12) and the ram scramble (ages 5 and under) provide kids a chance to get in on the action. Winners win gift cards and a belt buckle.
If you go, gates open at 5:30 – be sure to arrive early for a Western style BBQ. The rodeo generally lasts about 2 hours but may on occasion go a little longer. Don’t forget your raincoat, the rodeo happens rain or shine –and when it gets muddy, things get interesting! Tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for children ages 7-15, and kids under 6 get in free. Tickets can be purchased online, at FM Lights, and at the gate.
Giddy up for a good ole time at the Steamboat Springs Rodeo!