Selected One of “THE TOP 101 WESTERN EVENTS” in the country by American Cowboy magazine
For 114 years, the Gunnison Valley has celebrated its western way of life with annual demonstrations of roping, racing and riding skills. This “Granddaddy of Colorado Rodeos” has grown from an annual get-together by local cowboys and cowgirls to a staged PRCA event that now attracts competitors from around the country.
Born from the tradition of area ranching, the early rodeo took place between spring calving and summer haying. It made its debut on a makeshift Main Street arena and later moved to other venues, including what is now Western State Colorado University’s track field. “Pioneer Days” and “Helldorado” were two of the names initially tied to the celebration. After it came under the sponsorship of the Gunnison Valley Stockgrowers Association, “Cattlemen’s Days” became the official title. The rodeo eventually began operating under the direction of the Cattlemen’s Days, Inc., which built facilities at the current site.
The ranching legacy is no better highlighted than with the pageantry of rodeo. And with over a century of practice, we know how to spotlight Gunnison’s heritage. This year, get acquainted with our professional athletes, rodeo volunteers, committee members, and a whole community that welcomes you to Cattlemen’s Days.
The PRCA “Cattlemen’s Days Tough Enough To Wear Pink?” campaign has topped all rodeos in the country for raising money for breast cancer awareness. We’re proud of our community and the support that continues to make this campaign a success story.