Aug. 29–Sept. 1
FORT BRIDGER RENDEZVOUS
Fort Bridger, Wyo.
Celebrate the heritage of frontiersmen at one of the largest mountain man gatherings in the nation! Test out your mountain man skills with primitive archery, shooting, tomahawk throwing, and Dutch Oven cooking contests. Visitors who come authentically dressed in period garb get in free.
Four-time NFR bareback champ Butch Knowles has this to say about this rodeo: “It’s just like stepping back in time when you compete here. Not much has changed in 100 years at the Round-Up. The timed events are really unique with big, long scores out on the grass. There’s no room for the faint of heart. You’ve got to cowboy up to win something here.” Make sure to visit Hamley & Co., a saddle shop full of rich history and tempting tack.
“The Round-Up has it all, traditional parades, Native American culture and the best rodeo cowboys doing their thing in a one-of-akind arena. Gotta go.” —Bob
NATIONAL COWBOY SYMPOSIUM & CELEBRATION AND CHAMPIONSHIP CHUCKWAGON COOK-OFF
Cowboy culture and family fun is the focus of this event, which features entertainers, Western author panels, movie seminars, a Youth Wild West Day, horsehandling demonstrations, art exhibits, the American Cowboy Cultural Awards show, and the ever-popular chuckwagon cook-off.
JACKSON HOLE ART AUCTION
One of the premier Western art events in the country, the Jackson Hole Art Auction focuses on high-value works from both contemporary artists and deceased masters.
Celebrate the finer side of Western living with an art show, a cutting-edge fashion show, an exhibition of fine Western furniture, and an elegant cowboy ball.
FLORIDA RANCH RODEO AND COWBOY HERITAGE FESTIVAL
Teams of working cowboys and cowgirls from Florida ranches compete in events like calf branding, double mugging, colt riding, team doctoring, and wild cow milking. The heritage festival celebrates Florida’s unique cowboy history.
BUFFALO ROUNDUP AND ARTS FESTIVAL
At the Custer State Park Buffalo Roundup (Sept. 26), you’ll watch cowboys and cowgirls drive approximately 1,300 buffalo, and park staff sort, vaccinate, and brand the herd. At the arts festival, start the morning right with a pancake feed, then peruse the goods of nearly 150 vendors.