When you come to Estes Park, you’ll find yourself steeped in two things: nature and history. At the Rooftop Rodeo, those two facets intertwine, providing your family with a fun night out. You can get the whole family involved, whether you spectate or even participate. And guess what? You’ll be supporting a good cause, as Estes Park Western Heritage, Inc. funds the Estes Park Western Heritage Youth Scholarship.
The Rodeo’s History
Looking for things to do in Estes Park? The Rooftop Rodeo has a long history in the area, dating back to 1908 – about four years before the term ‘rodeo’ was ever used in the United States!
A July 9, 1908 article in The Mountaineer details how “The Broncho Busting Contest on the Fourth of July was a howling success-with the emphasis on the ‘howling'” and that people flocked from all over to see this grand event.
In 1941, the Rooftop Rodeo was billed as America’s highest rodeo at Estes Park’s 7500-foot altitude. This was the first year that America’s Rooftop Roundup queen was selected, and it has been a trend ever since.
Go Behind the Chutes
Want a behind-the-scenes look at what goes into a Rooftop Rodeo performance? Snag a ticket for Behind the Chutes. You will get to meet the stock contractor, contestants, and arena crew. They’ll give you the low-down on what kind of show-down a rodeo really is, and you’ll experience a personalized tour of the arena equipment. You can even participate in a few mock events, meet the rodeo clowns, and view the livestock. This is the perfect time to ask questions and get a pro’s perspective on the sport.
Sign The Kids Up For Mutton Bustin
A fantastically fun event for the kids, Mutton Bustin takes place every night during the rodeo. In this competition, 10 talented young cowboys and cowgirls will get the chance to compete in a game of mutton bustin. Kids ages 5-8 are welcome to participate, getting up close and personal with a sheep. It is an exciting event for the entire family, and kids get a safe feel for what it is like to be a rodeo star.
The Rooftop Rodeo is located in Estes Park, right there with the Estes Park Fairgrounds. Stunning Lake Estes is just a few minutes to the north, and there are plenty of amazing hiking trails in the area when you want to get some exercise. There are also plenty of restaurants in the area, offering a diversity of cuisine – from Mexican to Italian.
There is no shortage of things to do in Estes Park, and the Rooftop Rodeo is one event that locals and visitors alike look forward to every year. When you come to Estes Park, stop by the Rooftop Rodeo and see what really goes on in a Wild West-style rodeo!