There are so many ‘must do’ activities when you visit Jackson Hole that it is hard to keep up with all of them, but one of these must do’s is the Jackson Hole Rodeo which embodies the cowboy culture that built and still thrives here in the valley. The rodeo has been part of the culture in Jackson since the first settlers arrived over 100 years ago and still continues to bring entertainment to the community today. Today’s rodeo is a perfect blend of the traditional rodeo spirit with current music, humor, and excitement.
What to Expect
An evening at the rodeo will really make it sink in that you are in the wild west of Wyoming. While not necessarily bringing you the champions of today, the Jackson Hole rodeo draws in some of the best young talent in rodeo as well as former top rodeo pros. The rodeo is made up of several rounds of multiple different events including roping, barrel racing, and bull riding with some fun sideshow entertainment in between. Outside of the actual rodeo events going on inside the ring, food and drinks, including beer are available at the concession stands. Also nearby to the concessions is a mechanical buffalo for spectators to get a chance to be like the pros, as well as a miniature fake calf and lasso for young kids to get a shot at pretending to rope.
The Crowd Gets Involved Too
Throughout the night there are several opportunities for the crowd to get involved, between free giveaways and certain points where spectators are asked to enter the ring for special events. The most popular of these events is the Sheep Scramble, where audience members 12 and under are asked to come on down and challenged to catch a sheep in the ring, making for a hilarious scene that always gets the crowd going. Also, there is typically an event that involves older attendees to get involved in the ring and is typically just as funny as the Sheep Scramble.
With rodeos occurring twice a week on Wednesday and Saturday nights, from Memorial Day through Labor Day and three times a week with rodeos on Fridays throughout August, there is no shortage of opportunities to see this Jackson tradition live. The event starts at 8 pm and typically goes until shortly after 10 pm and is located at the Rodeo grounds at 447 Snow King Ave. in Jackson nearby the base of Snow King Mountain. Groups of people usually start to arrive around 7:15 pm to buy tickets, however, they are available to purchase online. It is still smart to arrive early to get prime seats. Depending on what section you decide to purchase tickets for, tickets range from $20-$30, kids under 15 and adults over 55 get $5 off.
This photo of Jackson Hole Rodeo is courtesy of TripAdvisor
If you are ever here visiting, you now have no excuse not take a trip over to the rodeo grounds for a night full of fun and excitement. We hope to see you there!
For more info and tickets check out JHrodeo.com