The Cheyenne Frontier Days
The Daddy of ’Em All
The Cheyenne Frontier Days is the crown jewel of the summer rodeo season. Known as The Daddy of ’Em All since the rodeo’s earliest days at the turn of the 20th century, the Cheyenne Frontier Days (cfdrodeo.com) is the center of the cowboy and cowgirl world for 10 days each July, packed with rodeo action, parades, shopping, and concerts. Plus, regional competitions of all varieties for everyday horsemen and -women are popping up each year to complement the rodeo schedule.
The Facts: 1,400 | Number of rodeo contestants vying for more than $1 million in prize money.
The Cheyenne Frontier Days features the top horses and contestants in the rodeo world for a 1 p.m. performance every day from July 20–28. Aside from watching the barrel racing, breakaway roping, tie-down roping, team roping, steer wrestling, and roughstock events, attendees can check out the Western Experience area offering training demos and guest appearances daily.
An Indian Village displays authentic Native American costumes, dancing, storytelling, handcrafts, and flute players, and the CFD Western Art Show presents the nation’s top cowboy and cowgirl artists celebrating the American West’s heritage, scenery, and Western way of life.
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As an early Hell-on-Wheels town in Dakota Territory, Western legends abound in Cheyenne, where the community embraces their Old West heritage and serves it on a silver platter to those who wish to partake, including at the 1. Cheyenne Depot Museum on West 15th Street and the 2. Cowgirls of the West Museum on West 17th Street.
The CFD committee says ‘The only thing better than pancakes is free pancakes.’ Get to 3. Downtown Cheyenne for a free breakfast with visitors from all over the world on July 22, 24, and 26, from 7 to 9 a.m. Finish your day the cowboy way, with a bone-in ribeye, at 4. Wyoming’s Rib & Chop House.
If you brought your own horse, try your hand at the 5. Ranch Sorting National Championships’s Big Daddy Summer Spectacular July 25–28, just down the road from the rodeo grounds. If you’re afoot, stop by 6. Bit-O-Wyo Trail Rides to check out the valleys, creeks, and shaded aspen groves.
If you’re stuck at home during the biggest week in the West, don’t worry! The Cowboy Channel will now broadcast all nine days of rodeo action. The Cowboy Channel is a 24-hour television network dedicated to Western sports and lifestyle, making it a perfect fit for the World’s Largest Outdoor Rodeo and Western Celebration: The Cheyenne Frontier Days.