The Beaver Creek Rodeo is the can’t-miss event of summer at Beaver Creek. Every Thursday is packed full of family-friendly western-themed fun, so make the most of it with the Beaver Creek Rodeo’s Family Top 10 Can’t-Miss Experiences.

10. Dress the Part

As if you needed an excuse, here is your chance to go full cowboy. Whether you’re pulling out your grandpa’s old Stetson or buying your kid their first pair of cowboy boots at the Gold Dust Rodeo Festival (see number 7), join in on all the western fun by dressing the part.

cowboy wear

9. The Food

It’s a Beaver Creek event, so you know the food is going to be incredible. Your kids will love all the classic Rodeo staples while you’ll appreciate the higher end offerings from local vendors. Favorites include Maya’s tortas and platters and Vail’s famous Wildwood Smokehouse brings in their smoker. If you want to get really authentic, Land Shark Catering has a selection of wild game offerings.

8. (Psst…and Drinks)

Sure, this one’s only for the parents, but that doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be on the Family Top 10 List. From champagne and margaritas, to wine, beer and local spirits, enjoy your Rodeo experience to the fullest with a wide range of drink offerings.

7. Gold Dust Rodeo Festival

New this year! The Gold Dust Rodeo Festival is the official Rodeo pre-party in the heart of Beaver Creek Village. This celebration of Colorado’s western identity includes vendors, exhibits, music and family-friendly activities. Enjoy an afternoon of fun in Beaver Creek Village from 2:30 – 4:30 then join other spectators in the shuttles down to the main event at the Rodeo Grounds in Avon.

6. Kids Events – Calf Scramble & Mutton Bustin’

While little ones will love the pony rides and a (gentle) mechanical bull at the Rodeo grounds, if they’re the type to want to really get in on the action, then these interactive kids events are made for them. A word to the wise – get there early to secure your child’s spot, these events do fill up.

Calf Scramble

For the Calf Scramble, sign your 5-12 year-old up for this fun, complimentary event. 100 kids will enter the arena and chase down a group of friendly calves. The first five buckaroos to pull a ribbon from the calves’ tails win a prize!

Little ones 3 and older and less than 50 pounds can take part in that much-loved Rodeo tradition: Mutton Bustin’. The cutest event of the Rodeo is all about hanging on tight to a wild-n-wooly sheep. Whichever cowgirl or cowboy hangs on the longest wins a prize.

5. New Teen Event – BULLoon Stampede

10-17 year-olds can take part in the hilarious and complimentary BULLoon Stampede. Ten teens are fitted with a helmet and horns and then set loose on a balloon obstacle course in the center of the Beaver Creek Rodeo Arena to use their horns to pop as many balloons as possible before the clock runs out. Whoever pops the most balloons wins a prize.

4. The Scene 

Whether you buy a general admission ticket, VIP or go for the Gold Spur Club experience, you’re going to have a great time soaking up the amazing scene at the Beaver Creek Rodeo. Here’s a run down of what each ticket offering entails so you can decide what works best for your family –

General Admission: You’ll have admittance to the Rodeo grounds, including arena viewing, vendor access, kids’ activities and more. Adults are $22.00, senior (ages 65 and over) are $17.00, youth (13-17 years of age) are $12.00 and children (12 years old and under) are free.

VIP: Get all of the above but with special VIP perks, including preferred seating, private bar and upgraded restroom facilities. Adults are $27.00 and children (12 years old and under) are free.

(New!) Gold Spur Club: Get all the fun and excitement of the Beaver Creek Rodeo, but with the ease and comfort of a tailored VIP experience. Members of the Gold Spur Club get a range of upgrades; including designated parking, a private prime viewing area with two complimentary drinks, Western-inspired small plates, and a commemorative Beaver Creek Rodeo gift. Adults are $100.00 and youth (20 years and under) are $40.00.

3. The Professional Riding

What’s an authentic Rodeo without incredible riding? Professionals from the Rodeo circuit take on classic Rodeo events like Ranch Saddle Bronc Riding, Bareback Bronc Riding, Team Roping, Barrel Racing and Bull Riding. If you’ve never seen these events in person or you’re a Rodeo veteran, you’re in for an adrenaline-inducing treat.

2. The Sunsets

There’s never a dull sunset in the Vail Valley, and with the Rodeo’s location in the heart of the valley, your Rodeo experience will be complemented by the beautiful hues of an alpine sunset lighting up the mountainsides.

Beaver Creek Sunset

1. Building a Family Tradition

One of the best parts about the Beaver Creek Rodeo is the place that it holds in many families’ summer traditions. Now in its 17th year, families from near and far return year after year to enjoy this traditional yet uniquely intimate Rodeo experience. So come and start your family’s Beaver Creek Rodeo tradition!