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On the Road for Cowboy Christmas: Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo 2023

At the eastern foot of the Rocky Mountains, lies the Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo, making this rodeo our top pick for the most picturesque summer rodeo.  

The Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo is an annual event that takes place in Colorado Springs, Colorado. One of the most unique aspects of the Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo is its location. The Norris-Penrose Event Center is situated at the base of the stunning Pikes Peak mountain, which provides a breathtaking backdrop for the rodeo. The mountain, which is part of the Rocky Mountains range, rises over 14,000 feet above sea level and is one of the most iconic peaks in the United States. The natural beauty of the surrounding landscape is a big draw for visitors, and it adds an extra element of excitement to the rodeo. 

The rodeo has a rich history, dating back to the early 1900s, and it continues to draw in thousands of visitors each year. The Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo was first held in 1937 as a way to raise money for the local Chamber of Commerce. The rodeo has since become one of the largest and most well-known rodeos in the country, attracting top competitors from all over the world. The event has evolved over the years, but it has always remained true to its Western roots and commitment to the community. This year’s rodeo promises to be as exciting as ever, with a full schedule of events!

About the 2023 Event

The 2023 event will take place over four days, from July 11th to July 15th, with each day featuring a rodeo and other special events. Additionally, the rodeo has a longstanding partnership with the PRCA, which helps to ensure that the event attracts top competitors and adheres to professional standards. In fact, last year was the first inaugural NFR Open, which essentially took the place of the RAM National Circuit Finals that used to take place in Kissimmee, Florida. This event is right up there with Reno Rodeo for being one of the most lucrative rodeos of the summer run. The event brings together all 12 U.S. rodeo circuits, plus Canada, bringing more than 200 contestants to the Norris-Penrose Event Center for five competition rounds over the four days. 

Credit to Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo Facebook Page

Schedule Highlights

Rodeo Performances: Beyond the beautiful backdrop, the Pikes Peak or Bust brings some of the best rodeo action on the west coast. With both matinee and evening performances, there are plenty of opportunities to get your rodeo fix. The grounds open at 4:00 p.m. for evening performances with a start time of 7:00 pm and open at 10:00 am for matinee performances with a start time of 12:00 pm. Plus parking is free! 

Mutton Busting: One of the best highlights for the kids is the mutton busting which takes place every day. The preliminary rides will take place at 4:00 p.m. Tuesday–Saturday nights and 10 a.m. for the Friday and Saturday matinees. Then the finals will take place during each performance. 

Fan Zone & Vendors: If you’re wanting to head to the rodeo early, you can check out the Fan Zone and the multitude of vendors that the event will have for you to peruse. In addition to vendors, there will be pony rides, longhorns, a barrel train, a petting zoo, roping demos, and even a horse-drawn wagon!

If you’re wanting to enjoy the beer and wine garden, there will be live music every day as follows: 

  •  Kevin Austin—Playing Tuesday, July 11 and Wednesday, July 12
  • Ashtonz—Playing Thursday, July 13
  • Wirewood Station—Playing Friday, July 14 and Saturday, July 15
Credit to Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo Facebook Page

Of course, while the rodeo is a celebration of Western culture and tradition, it is also important to consider its impact on the beautiful environment surrounding the event. The organizers of the Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo have made a commitment to sustainability, implementing practices such as recycling, composting, and water conservation. Additionally, the event works closely with the City of Colorado Springs and other local organizations to minimize its environmental impact.

Credit to Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo Facebook Page

If you’re interested in attending the 2023 Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo, here’s what you need to know about tickets. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased online or at the Norris-Penrose Event Center. Prices vary depending on the day and the seating area, but there are options to fit every budget. The Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo is a unique and exciting event that showcases the best of Western culture and tradition, hope to see ya there!

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