Cattlemen's Days

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July 14, 15, 16, 2022

122 Years Strong!  Each July, the ranching culture of the Gunnison Valley struts its stuff in the “Granddaddy of Colorado Rodeos,” an event staged by the community for PRCA competitors and the people who love to watch them.



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The Best “Small Town-Big Time” Rodeo

The Gunnison Cattlemen’s Days Rodeo Committee survived the storms and uncertainty of the last two years and emerged to stage an incredible series of events for our 121st Cattlemen’s Days celebration.  We are humbled and extremely grateful by how our Cattlemen’s Days family and the community stepped up to pull our 2021 Rodeo together and made it happen.  Crisis and challenge in our close community showed how strong and resilient we truly are and what really is important.  Thank you to each and every one who made Cattlemen’s Days a success from all of us on the Rodeo Committee.

We are making the best “Small Town-Big Time”  rodeo even better, and are building on our #1 TETWP initiative to bring amazing talent and events to our Gunnison valley again. Each of these fun-filled events gives us the opportunity to support our community’s needs, assist those going through cancer, and fund college and youth scholarships.  In little and big ways, Cattlemen’s Days makes an impact and becomes a heartfelt part of all of our stories.

Buy Cattlemen's Days TicketsWe’re set to launch into the Roaring Rodeo 20’s and move Cattlemen’s Days into the future while maintaining our western heritage and roots to the Gunnison valley ranching community.  You’ll see some needed new technologies and updates to Cattlemen’s Days going forward, including coverage by The Cowboy Channel, new events, and concerts, and we are so excited to be able to share and include EVERYONE in our celebration this year.  Let’s break some records Gunnison!



Cattlemen's Days Horse Show


80 Years of Horsemanship

Put your skills to the test in the Open Horse Show.  Click here for an entry form, fee information, classes, and deadline dates.

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Cattlemen's Days Parade


Join the Fanfare!

Click here for the parade entry form, times, and regulations.

Cattlemen's Days Vendors


Sell your goods at Cattlemen’s Days.

See our vendor information, map, and fill out an application.

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Cattlemen's Days 2021 Royalty


Cattlemen’s Days Ambassadors

Meet our Queen and her court. Serving as the public face of Cattlemen’s Days 4-H and PRCA rodeo contestants & spectators.

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Mutton Bustin' Fun!

Mutton Bustin’ is one of our most popular events for families.  Kids get to try their hand at staying on as long as they can. Just like their cowboy heroes on bulls and broncs.

#1 PRCA Tough Enough to Wear Pink Rodeo

#1 TETWP Rodeo in the country!  Cattlemen’s Days Tough Enough To Wear Pink (TETWP) is dedicated to providing comprehensive support to our community in the fight against breast cancer.

Bull Riding

There is no more exciting and dangerous rodeo event than bull riding.  The cowboy tries to ride a spinning and bucking 2,000-pound bull for 8 seconds. He only gets a flat braided rope in hand and his courage and strength to hold tight.

Rodeo Clowns & Entertainment

You can bet that our rodeo clowns will entertain the crowd, but did you know that they also keep the riders safe? They distract the bull from a fallen rider until the cowboy gets to safety.

Team Roping

This is the only event in rodeo where two cowboys compete together.  The header ropes the steer by the horns, then dallies his rope around his saddle horn to turn the steer to the left. The heeler then ropes the back feet. The event is scored by speed.

Bareback and Saddle Bronc Riding

Watch elite athletes ride twisting and bucking horses.  Bareback Riding takes strength and skill as the cowboy tries to ride for 8 seconds. Saddle Bronc Riding uses a special saddle. The cowboy rides for 8 seconds and cannot touch the horse or his equipment with his free hand during the ride. Style counts.

Barrel Racing

A favorite event of rodeo fans!  The rider and her American Quarter Horse race into the arena at over 40 miles per hour. They perform a cloverleaf pattern around 3 steel barrels. Overturning a barrel results in a penalty. Fastest time wins.

Cattlemen's Days 4-H Events

Bring the whole family to see the huge assortment of 4-H projects ranging from animal projects to cake decorating, STEM, and rocketry. 4-H animal projects include showing horses, dogs, rabbits, poultry, swine, market sheep, goats, and cattle. Kids compete in showmanship and demonstrate their knowledge. Support 4-H at the Livestock Buyers Auction!

Watershed Events

Join the fun by competing or cheering on our local cowboys and cowgirls as they participate in watershed events.  Ranch Rodeo, Ranch Sort, Barrel Races, and Team Roping.

2021 Bronc and Rider by Mackenzie Bode

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Cattlemen’s Days, a Rich Gunnison Valley Tradition

The rodeo started out in the 1800’s between spring calving and summer haying, a time when area ranchers took a break to test their skills with riding and roping contests on Main Street. In the early years, the event added horse races and tried out various names such as Pioneer Days and the Helldorado Stampede. By 1901, the celebration came under the sponsorship of the Gunnison Valley Stockgrowers Association and the rodeo officially adopted the name “Cattlemen’s Days.”

Between 1913 and 1928, the rodeo and race events moved to the campus of Colorado Normal School, now Western State Colorado University, using the school’s track and stands. The celebration moved back downtown from 1929 to 1936. When the Cattlemen’s Days Association was created, it built facilities at the current site.

Check out the Gunnison County Library’s archive of Cattlemen’s Days memorabilia.

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Historical Cattlemen' s Days on Main Street

Cattlemen’s Days
The Granddaddy of Colorado Rodeos

By Doug and Mary Lou Nemanic

Historical Cattlemen's Days Eileen McCartney 1950 Sweetheart of the Rodeo sent in by granddaughter Megan
Historical Cattlemen's Days Cowboys and Horses

What’s Your Cattlemen’s Days Story?

Cattlemen’s Days has been a big part of Gunnison heritage for over 120 years.  We are looking for historical photos, videos, and personal recollections of past Cattlemen’s Days events to feature on this website and social media.  There is so much to share! Were you in the parade?  Did you or your kids participate in 4-H events?  Did you watch a friend get bucked off in mutton bustin’ or a bull ride?  We want to hear about it! Use our contact form to share your story.

2021 Cattlemen's Days

JULY  1st and 2nd - Cattlemen's Days TETWP Songwriter Shuffle

JULY 3rd - Open Horse Show

JULY 4th - TETWP Concert at I-Bar

JULY 2nd - 9th - 4-H Shows

JULY 10th - Buyers BBQ, Scholarship, 4H Auction

JULY 11th - Ranch Rodeo

JULY 12th - 14th - Watershed Events
Ranch Arena Team Sort,
Barrel Races, Team Roping

JULY 14th - Pioneer Banquet at the Elks Lodge

JULY 14th - 17th - Carnival

JULY 15th - PRCA #1 TETWP Rodeo

JULY 16th - PRCA Patriot Night Rodeo

JULY 17th - Cattlemen's Days Parade, PRCA Gunnison Ranchland Legacy Rodeo, Dance at the Elks Lodge

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