in Las Vegas, Nevada.
What can I say? Its the World Series, Super Bowl, etc., all rolled up into one. The top 15 cowboys and cowgirls in the country compete for the World Championships. Seeing this rodeo on television is one thing, but you must see it in person at least once.
8. Ram National Finals Circuit Rodeo
in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
This is a great rodeo in which cowboys and cowgirls from all over the country get their chance to compete for Circuit Finals glory. Held in the spring, this competitive competition is one of the largest early-season events, and helps set the pace for competition throughout the grueling summer rodeo season.
9. Rocky Mountain Stampede
in Greeley, Colorado.
This is one awesome event held in the beautiful state of Colorado. This event features several music concerts, art shows, BBQs, as well as a huge parade and fireworks show. There is plenty to do at the Stampede with something for everyone.
10. La Fiesta De Los Vaqueros
in Tucson, Arizona.
I really like Arizona, theres just something about the place. I also enjoy La Fiesta De Los Vaqueros (Party of the Cowboys to you eastern dudes) with its pageantry and celebration of the Wild West. Over a weeks worth of rodeo action under the Tucson sun, what could be better?
11. Prescott Frontier Days
in Prescott, Arizona.
This excellent event is billed as "Worlds Oldest Rodeo." Here on July 4th, 1888 the first 'cowboy tournament' was held. This rodeo has grown into 8 days of first class rodeo competition. The history and exciting action of this event makes it a must see for any rodeo fan.
12. Laughlin River Stampede
in Laughlin, Nevada.
I hate to let the cat out of the bag on this one so to speak, but Laughlin is a great city nestled on the Colorado River. The only thing cooler than this fantastic city is their rodeo. While not as big as the other rodeos on this list, it makes up for it in the prize money available and the level of cowboys and cowgirls that it draws. If you would like a more hometown rodeo experience without compromising quality then Laughlin is the place for you. I guarantee that once you visit Laughlin you will go back.
These rodeos deserve a nod for their exciting action and great events. Check them out and you wont be disappointed.