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The Best Rodeos Around Bozeman, Montana

The Best Rodeos Around Bozeman, Montana

On May 20, 2024

Rodeos have deep roots in Montana! As an agricultural state, they have been around since the late 1800's. While they have always been something locals look forward to going to during the summer months, they have recently become a tourist favorite as well. Here are the best rodeos to check out this summer in and around Bozeman. Grab your cowboy hats…this is the one time it’s ok to dress like a cowboy even if you aren’t one!

BOZEMAN STAMPEDE

The Bozeman Stampede was started by a group of Bozeman locals in 2010 as a fun community event. It has since become a not-to-be-missed summer event, garnering awards such as the 2018 Montana PRC and 20158 Montana PRCA Small Rodeo of the Year. The event takes place over three days in August at the Gallatin County Fairgrounds, featuring traditional rodeo events plus a bull scramble at the end that leaves you sitting on the edge of your seat. As proud sponsors of this event, we may be biased, but we believe it's the best rodeo around!

VALLEY VIEW RODEO

This is Montana's newest rodeo series that began summer 2023 in Bozeman. Valley View Rodeo started to provide a boost in tourism and the community with both amateur and professional level competition. It started quietly, but didn't take long to gain steam and we are certain this summer the stands will be packed each week! They feature bull riding, saddle bronc, bareback, team roping, breakaway roping, and barrel racing. This year there will be live entertainment after 3 of the rodeos, including the 4th of July. Photo credit valleyviewrodeo.com

THREE FORKS RODEO

This long-standing rodeo began in 1946 and has been held in the same location ever since. The Three Forks Rodeo is funded entirely by business sponsorships, advertising, ticket sales, concessions, and participant fees which is one of the reasons why it receives such strong community support. It takes place in July and has a lot more than just the rodeo events! They have street dances on Main Street after the rodeo each night, plus Rodeo Dayz which includes the longest parade in Three Forks and vendor sales all day downtown. Photo credit threeforksrodeo.com

LIVINGSTON

Livingston has not one, but two great rodeos! First up is the Livingston Roundup Rodeo that started in 1924. This year will be their 100th anniversary, wow! This 4-day event runs July 1st- 4th and ends with a fireworks show each night. Let us tell you, Livingston knows how to put on a rodeo! Mid-July is the Livingston PBR which features the best bulls and bull riders in the world. Photo credit livingstonroundup.com

BIG SKY PBR

The Big Sky PBR has become the rodeo to be seen at in the summer. And, it will cost you! Tickets start around $120 for general admission. It is part of the PBR's True Velocity Tour which consists of more than 60 events in 27 states and the championship held in Las Vegas. The Big Sky PBR has been voted event of the year by bull riders for 10 consecutive years! It's a small arena with big views all around. These tickets sell fast! It takes place for 3 days in July, but the whole week is called Big Sky's Biggest Week with many more events happening! Photo credit bigskypbr.com

ENNIS 4TH OF JULY RODEO

No one does 4th of July right like small town Montana! This one-night-only rodeo is put on by a non-profit group, Ennis Rodeo Inc. The day starts with a parade down Main Street, followed by a Veteran's Memorial ceremony. The night ends with the rodeo and a fireworks show. Photo credit Ennis Rodeo Inc


LABOR DAY RODEO - WHITE SULPHER SPRINGS

This is the best way to wrap up the summer rodeo season! The Labor Day Rodeo in White Sulpher Springs is a PRCA rodeo and is a chance for cowboys to qualify for the NFR. It is a two-day event Sunday and Monday of Labor Day weekend with a street dance one night and a parade the second day. The arena is in a great location with views of the Castle Mountains. Photo credit labordayrodeo.com

RED LODGE RODEO

This rodeo dates back to the 1890's! It takes place over 3 days during the 4th of July holiday and each day there is a parade in Red Lodge's adorable downtown. The first night of the rodeo features the PRCA Xtreme Bulls Tour. This includes top bull riders and makes for a great show! Photo credit redlodgerodeo.com

GARDINER RODEO

This small-town rodeo kicks off the summer each June. It is a NRA Rodeo that takes place over two nights and also features a parade. Gardiner is a tourist town, but the rodeo remains true to its local roots! Photo credit Gardiner Rodeo

WILD WEST YELLOWSTONE RODEO

There are plenty of opportunities to check out the West Yellowstone Rodeo with performances 5 to 6 days a week from the middle of June to August. It has all your favorite events including bull riding, team roping, bareback bronc riding, barrel racing, and more. This one might feel more touristy being as it is in West Yellowstone, but don't let that stop you! They know how to put on a great show! Even with so many throughout the summer, these sell out so buy your tickets early. Photo credit westyellowstonerodeo.com

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