It’s officially summer, and temperatures are on the rise everywhere! Why not beat the heat and cool down in Estes Park, Colorado, at the highly lauded PRCA Rooftop Rodeo, July 8th-13th, 2019? Learn all about “the rodeo with altitude” below!
The History Behind the Name
The Rooftop Rodeo is certainly not on a rooftop, so how did the name come to be? While the rodeo itself dates back to 1908, it wasn’t called the Rooftop Rodeo until 1941. The name was introduced because of Estes Park’s 7500-foot altitude, and it became known to the public as having the highest altitude of any rodeo in America. Prior to 1941, the Rooftop Rodeo had been coined several names, including Frontier Days, Wild West Show, and Bronco Busting Contest.
The Rooftop Rodeo is known to attract some top dollar rodeo athletes who come to Estes Park to try their luck in barrel racing, saddle bronc riding, bareback riding, tie-down roping, team roping, steer wrestling, and bull riding.
Gates open nightly at 5:00, and the rodeo kick-off show will begin at 6:30 each evening. The actual rodeo itself begins at 7:00, July 8th-13th! July 10th is Locals Night & First Responders Night, July 11th is Military Appreciation Night, July 12th is Fiesta at the Rodeo Night, and July 13th is Tough Enough to Wear Pink Night, so dress accordingly!
VIP tickets, general admission tickets, and tickets to take part in special nightly chute tours can be purchased here.
If you’re traveling to Estes Park for the Rooftop Rodeo, be sure not to miss out on all of these exciting events!
Things To Do In Estes Park
If you haven’t been to Estes Park, there’s so much to do! Be sure to add these popular stops to your must-see list for while you’re there.
- Estes Park Aerial Tramway
- Rocky Mountain National Park
- Lake Estes Marina
- Open Air Adventure Park
- Estes Park Outfitters
- Rocky Mountain Rush
- MacGregor Ranch Museum
- Estes Park Museum
The Cowboy Lifestyle Network team is looking forward to seeing everyone in the altitude at the Rooftop Rodeo!
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