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.