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Deer Trail

Deer Trail, CO 80105, USA
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Watching (or Riding in) the Deer Trail Rodeo Deer Trail Colorado United States

Watching (or Riding in) the Deer Trail Rodeo

While it’s since been subsumed into Texas culture, the first rodeo in history actually took place in 1869 in Deer Trail, Colorado, a small town about 45 minutes from Denver on the state’s eastern plains. Every summer, the rodeo still returns to town. Besides bull-riding (which anyone who’s ever killed an hour watching ESPN3 is familiar with), spectators can expect to see traditional cowboy and -girl disciplines like steer wrestling, tie-down roping, and barrel racing. Adventurous kids can join in themselves during the mutton bustin’ competition, which is basically bull-riding, but with the cowboys and bulls replaced by children and sheep.