Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo Days

Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo Days

The 78th annual Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo will take place July 11-14, 2018 at the scenic Norris-Penrose Event Center, attracting top talent in professional rodeo to this invitational event. Thirty-two champion cowboys and cowgirls from across the country will be invited to compete in seven standard events including bareback, saddle bronc, bull riding, tie-down roping, steer wrestling, team roping, and barrel racing. Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo has been a Colorado Springs tradition since 1937, showcasing top rodeo talent and action, while providing wholesome entertainment for area residents, as well as visitors to the region. Fans come from far and wide to enjoy top rodeo action and lots of family fun, all while paying tribute to our local military and their families.

Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo Days kicks off with a parade in the true hometown tradition. You’ll see floats, equestrian groups, and lots of local businesses as they head south on Tejon, on Tuesday, July 10, 2018.

And then, get ready to Rodeo starting July 11-14, 2018—with four performances of invitational championship rodeo and the thrilling Gold Buckle Championship Round on Saturday night, where the top eight scores and eight fastest times from the qualifying performances lay it all on the line for over $200,000 in prize money. It’s edge of your seat excitement from the first event to the last!

Wait! There’s more!! Don’t miss the smash hit bonus event, Bullfighters Only (BFO) Freestyle Bullfighting—back for 2018 and better than ever. On Wednesday, Thursday and Friday nights, 3 fearless bullfighters will compete to post the top scores and advance to the finals at the Saturday matinee performance, with bragging rights and the cash prize on the line. Check out the video link for a glimpse of the excitement!

This all takes place at the scenic Norris-Penrose Event Center, one of the most beautiful venues in the country to enjoy the sport of rodeo. Your ears will be every bit as happy as your eyes, as the arena boasts a massively upgraded sound system for 2018! Plan to get your tickets early and buy online to save time and money. The 78th Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo is for the true fan, the first timer and everyone in between! Experience championship rodeo at its finest this July 11-14.

2018 Performance/Theme Sponsors:

Wednesday, July 11, 2018—Patriot Night, Honoring Fort Carson

Sponsored by Northwestern Mutual

Thursday, July 12, 2018—Honoring Missile Defense & First Responders
Sponsored by UCHealth

Friday, July 13, 2018—Honoring Air Force Space Command
Sponsored by The Boeing Company

Saturday, July 14, 2018 (Matinee)—Honoring the U.S. Air Force Academy
Sponsored by USAA

Saturday, July 14, 2018—Honoring NORAD/USNORTHCOM
Sponsored by Lockheed Martin

Before you head out to the Rodeo—click here to download our FAQ flyer!