Since 1897 the small town of Cheyenne, Wyoming has hosted an outdoor rodeo and western celebration that claims to be the largest of its kind. The event kicks off the Sunday before with the annual walking of the steers where hundreds of animals are ushered some three miles into Frontier Park to await the festivities.Here’s what you can do at next year’s Cheyenne Frontier Days:
The Daddy of ‘em All -- The Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association hosts the world’s largest outdoor rodeo for 10 days each July. From bareback bronco racing to bull riding, barrel racing to the Dinner Bell Derby there’s no shortage of excitement at this wild western celebration.
The Grand Parade -- Once just a wild gallop through the streets of town, the Grand Parade is now a centerpiece of Frontier Days. Gone are the unruly hooligans and the shoot ‘em up antics. In their place are world-class bands, horse-drawn carriages and spectacular floats.
Wild West Heritage -- Frontier Days celebrates the western heritage of Wyoming. Step back in time at Old Frontier Town where merchants sell authentic handicrafts and kids ride the ponies while being entertained by period characters like Buffalo Bill Cody and Wyatt Earp. Over at the Old West Museum you can explore the cowboy history and the drama of the first rodeos while Indian Village features the heritage of the American Indians with storytelling, dancing and an authentic Pow-Wow.
Midway Thrills -- Enjoy the fun of an old-fashioned carnival with amusement rides, games of chance and midway food.
Evening Magic -- The fun continues into the night with square dancing at the Buckin’ A Saloon and country western concerts like Little Big Town and Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan and Sawyer Brown. Plus, don’t miss the heart-pounding thrills of championship bull riding nights.
You can experience Cheyenne’s legendary Frontier Days on the July 24th departure of YMT Vacations’ Rocky Mountains & Western Frontiers tour. This 14-day itinerary takes you from Mount Rushmore to Little Big Horn, from the majesty of Old Faithful to the wonders that lie along the Highway to the Sky. Visit Jackson Hole and the Teton Mountain Range, Yellowstone National Park and the Great Salt Lake. To make your plans to join the journey, call your travel consultant or YMT Vacations at 1-888-756-9072.