A picture of a man riding a stallion at the Steamboat Rodeo.

Steamboat Rodeo: Experiencing The Pro Series On Howelson


The Steamboat Springs Pro Rodeo is one of the most iconic summer events in our town. The rodeo has been entertaining locals and travelers for over 100 years.

Our rodeo showcases traditional western events such as bull riding, barrel racing, and roping, and draws competitors and spectators from all over the world.

Beyond the competition, the Steamboat Rodeo highlights western culture and features live music, local food and drink vendors, and family-friendly activities. Whether you’re a wild west enthusiast or you’re just looking for a fun and unique experience, the Steamboat Rodeo should be at the top of your to-do list.

Steamboat Springs Rodeo – How To Buy Tickets

As summer approaches, you can buy your rodeo tickets on the rodeo’s official website here.

A picture of a rodeo from ground level.

During the winter months, you’ll notice that the rodeo’s website is pretty bare. You won’t be able to buy tickets for any upcoming events until they have set their schedules. Continue to check back on their website or connect with them on their Facebook for updated information.

Note: All rodeo ticket sales are final. They do not offer refunds.

Pro Rodeo Season Tickets

The pro rodeo in Steamboat offers season tickets; for locals or those who make frequent trips up to the Yampa Valley in the summer, this is a great option.

In addition to the season pass, you’ll also get four complimentary guest tickets that can be used on any rodeo night (besides July 4th).

Steamboat Rodeo Prices

Entrance to the Steamboat rodeo changes in price, but typically tickets cost:

Adults: $20
Kids (age 7 – 15): $15
Kids 5 years and under: Free

Again, ticket prices change yearly, and are based on popular events (4th of July), so be sure to check prices and purchase your tickets here.

Steamboat Rodeo – Event Calendar

You can attend the Steamboat Rodeo every Friday and Saturday night during July and August.

A man wrestling a bull at a rodeo in Steamboat Springs, Colorado.

Pro-tip: Check out the rodeo during the 4th of July and catch the amazing fireworks display after (right on Howelson Hill)! Our town always outdoes itself in pyrotechnics, so you won’t be disappointed.

More Things To Do In Steamboat Springs

Nestled in the heart of the Rocky Mountains, our town of Steamboat Springs is a picturesque destination that offers a wide variety of activities and attractions to enjoy year-round. If you’re looking for more things to do while you’re in Steamboat, check out my suggestions below.

As a Steamboat local, we know exactly what activities you should experience to make this the best trip of your life:

  • Visit Strawberry Park Hot Springs – These hot springs are well-known throughout the state of Colorado for their stunning views and cozy mountain feel.

There are several pools that make up Strawberry Park Hot Springs, so bring the entire family for a warm soak after hiking or enjoy an evening with your partner under the stars.

Important Note: The hot springs are clothing optional after dark!

  • Go hiking – Steamboat Springs offers many amazing hiking trails, ranging from easy walks up Emerald mountain to challenging treks in Zirkel Wilderness.
A view of Steamboat Lake in Clark, Colorado with Hahn's Peak in the background.

Steamboat and its surroundings are so diverse that you can find a hiking trail for everyone. Check out our recent post about the hiking trails in Steamboat here.

  • Go tubing on the Yampa River – floating down the Yampa River in Steamboat is a quintessential summer experience. Visitors and locals flock to the Yampa River for a (typically) leisurely float while taking in the surrounding mountain views.
A photo of the Yampa River in Steamboat Springs during summer.
A group of tubers on the Yampa River in Steamboat Springs.

Locals know that stopping along the river at Sunpies for a cold beer or drink is the best way to enjoy your time on the Yampa.

Note: Please be sure to treat our river with respect and follow all floating rules.

  • Cliff jump at King Solomon Falls – one of our favorite summer pastimes is visiting King Solomon Falls, located just an hour north of Steamboat in a small mountain town called Clark.
Walking down to King Solomon Falls in northern Colorado.
A view of Mike walking down to King Solomon Falls near Steamboat Springs, Colorado.

Prepare yourself for an epic journey to the waterfall as you navigate steep trails equipped with ropes to assist you through the most challenging sections. I would not necessarily recommend this adventure for young children, but we have seen some older kids back there.

A view of King Solomon Falls - a great place to visit in northern Colorado during the summer.

When Is The Best Time To Visit Steamboat Springs, Colorado?

The common saying among Steamboat locals is, “come for the winter, stay for the summer” and this couldn’t be more true. Although Steamboat is a world-class destination for skiing and winter sports, summers in Yampa Valley are unlike anything you’ve experienced elsewhere.

A view of the Yampa River in Steamboat Springs during the fall.

There is constant excitement buzzing throughout our town. Whether you’re here for hiking, exploring the town, or just to see some of the best fireworks in the world, you won’t regret making this your summer holiday destination.

So, while others may say that visiting Steamboat in winter is key, I completely beg to differ. The best time to visit Steamboat Springs is in the summer.

The Wrap Up

With so many talented cowboys and cowgirls, exhilarating competitions, and an all-around amazing atmosphere, the Steamboat Rodeo offers an unforgettable experience for everyone who attends.

Whether you’re a longtime fan of rodeo or you’re looking for a fun and exciting event to attend while visiting our town, the Steamboat Rodeo is a must-see. Come out, grab a cold drink, and experience the thrill and excitement of the Steamboat Rodeo for yourself.