Small town hospitality defines Estes Park’s Rooftop Rodeo, now celebrating its 90th year. Witness bucking broncs, steer wrestling, bull riding, barrel racing, mutton busting, team roping, rodeo royalty and much more on July 6-11, 2016 at the Stanley Park Fairgrounds.
The Rooftop Rodeo is recognized as one of the top rodeos in the country. After being named the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association’s (PRCA) Small Rodeo of the Year five times, Rooftop Rodeo upped its prize money and moved into the Medium Rodeo category where it was recognized as one of the top five medium rodeos.
Rodeo festivities begin with the traditional Rooftop Rodeo Parade through downtown Estes Park Wednesday morning, July 6 starting at 10:30 a.m. More than 60 entries will feature bands, horseback riders, floats, covered wagons and horse hitches, clowns, vintage automobiles and rodeo royalty passing along Elkhorn Avenue and continuing to the fairgrounds.
Each night the Rooftop Rodeo features six PRCA events and Women’s Professional Barrel Racing with America’s best cowboys and cowgirls competing. For the youngsters, the Rooftop Rodeo also offers the mutton bustin’ competition every night and on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights, a “cash catch” for cowpokes 8-12 years of age.
The always popular Behind the Chutes Tour allows you to meet the stock contractor, contestants and arena crew who will explain the sport of rodeo. Get an up close and personal tour of the arena equipment, participate in some mock events, see the livestock and meet the clowns. Tours are at 5:30 p.m. Rooftop Rodeo and Behind the Chutes tickets are available online prior to rodeo week.
Estes Park adopted the name “Rooftop Rodeo” in 1941 because of the town’s 7,522 altitude, billing it as the highest altitude for any rodeo competition in America. Learn more about the Rooftop Rodeo at www.rooftoprodeo.com.Tags: What to Do