The 2023 Rodeo Season is Underway!

Bull rider at a rodeo. Photo by Andy Austin

Rodeo season has kicked off here in Montana's Yellowstone Country, with Gardiner, West Yellowstone, and Wilsall all having great starts and packed crowds. Rodeo is one of those Western traditions that always retains its luster.

Each summer, cowboys and cowgirls from across the country compete with one another in timed events derived from actual ranch work, breaking horses, roping cows and chasing around horseback at high speeds. It's a fast-paced, high-intensity sport that is as much fun for spectators as it is for participants.

Display of flags at a rodeo in Montana. Photo by Andy Austin

We're seeing even more rodeos this season, with new competitions in Jardine, Lone Mountain Ranch, and the Valley View Rodeo in Bozeman. In fact, there are over 16 rodeos across the region, and some of them, such as West Yellowstone and Big Timber, take place weekly. If you're headed our way this summer and want to catch a rodeo, you'll find plenty of options. Keep in mind some of the more significant events, such as the Livingston Roundup Rodeo and the Red Lodge Home of Champions Rodeo, sell out, so if you're planning to attend, be sure to get your tickets early and be sure to watch for the parades, live music and fireworks that are part of the celebrations!

And, if you're looking for some western wear, we've got you covered on that front too. See a complete list of Western specialty shops on our blog. You'll find fantastic, handcrafted goods, from handmade hats and boots to Western apparel and outerwear.

Barrel racer at a rodeo in Montana. Photo by Andy Austin

Annual Rodeos

MSU Spring Rodeo, Bozeman, MT, April 13-16, 2023

Valley View Rodeo Bozeman, MT, May through August 2023

West Yellowstone Rodeo, West Yellowstone, MT, June 16-August 19, 2023

Wilsall Rodeo, Wilsall, MT, June 17-18, 2023

Gardiner Roundup, Gardiner, MT, June 17-18, 2023

Jardine Rodeo, Jardine, MT, June 23 & July 21, 2023

Sweet Grass Fest & Rodeo, Big Timber, MT, June 24, 2023

Bozeman Roundup Ranch Rodeo, Bozeman, MT, June 30, 2023

Livingston Roundup, Livingston, MT, June 30-July 4, 2023

Red Lodge Home of Champions Rodeo, Red Lodge, MT, July 2-4, 2023

Three Forks Rodeo, Three Forks, MT, July 14-15, 2023

Livingston Classic PBR, Livingston, MT, July 15, 2023

Bozeman Stampede, Bozeman, MT, July 19-23, 2023

Big Sky PBR, Big Sky, MT, July 20-22, 2023

Big Timber Weekly Pro Rodeo, Big Timber, MT, Wednesdays, Aug. 3-Sep. 7, 2023

Big Sky Roundup at Diamond P Ranch, West Yellowstone, MT, Later summer (visit website for updates)

Hell’s A-Roarin’ Guts N Glory Rodeo, Gardiner, MT, Updates on site for 2023

Young girls with cowboy hats at a rodeo in Montana. Photo by Kaden Harrison