The rodeo is a place where skill and true grit meet face-to-face. It’s a place where cowboys and cowgirls showcase their speed and precision, but also where the wrong split-second decision can cost them the prize as well as ding their pride. You can witness all of this excitement – and a hint of danger – with a trip to the Cody, Wyoming, rodeo. It’s the perfect way to spend an evening the next time you visit Monster Lake Ranch. Find out everything you need to know about the local rodeo so you can go ahead and mark your calendar and make your reservations!
As you plan your trip to experience the Cody, Wyoming, rodeo, be sure to download our complimentary Vacation Guide! The guide is full of insider’s tips about the best things to do and see during your stay at Monster Lake Ranch.
History of the Cody, Wyoming, Rodeo
This year marks the 99th Annual Cody Stampede, the world class rodeo that is the centerpiece of the 2018 summer performance schedule. Anticipated annually from July 1 – 4, what could be more exciting than to be at this rodeo to celebrate with a performance and fireworks? It’s all there: the bucking bulls, the bullfighters, the Calf Scramble, the clowns! Tickets for the Cody Wyoming Nightly Rodeo (except during Stampede Week) are open-ended, open seating general admission. Although the performance goes on rain or shine with covered seating, you have the option of waiting for a clear night with the open-ended ticket. Handicapped parking and seating are available.
This rodeo started with Buffalo Bill and his Wild West Show performances in Cody. Several years after the famous cowboy died, members of the community established the rodeo celebration to honor Buffalo Bill and the Wild West lifestyle he represented. The PRCA Xtreme Bulls/Wrangler Bullfighters is another exciting example of that lifestyle not to be missed. With over $45,000 in cash prizes, 40 top bullfighters and bucking bulls compete on June 30 in a sure to be nail-biting, edge-of-the-seat competition.
Where to Stay in Cody
Whether you aspire to be on the rodeo circuit or not, there is no better place to stay than Monster Lake Ranch in Cody, Wyoming. Start lessons in horsemanship, or pursue the sport of barrel racing during your stay at the ranch. There are trail rides tailored to each rider’s ability for 2, 3, or 4 hour rides around the 10,000 acre property surrounded by the Rocky Mountains.
Located about 8 miles from Cody and approximately 50 miles from Yellowstone National Park, Monster Lake Ranch is the place to live the history of the cowboy and Rocky Mountain fisherman. There are a variety of accommodations from an RV hook-up to luxurious cabins. Filet mignon, ribeye steaks, seafood, and chicken are on the menu at The Bliss, the on-site restaurant. Vegetarian options are also available, and desserts are not to be missed. Warm mixed-berry cobblers or scrumptious bread puddings are waiting for your order. After dinner, amble on over to The Cutthroat Saloon for a sample of cowboy nightlife. Enjoy a drink and live music as your day winds down and the sun sinks in the west behind the surrounding mountains.
Finalize Your Plans Now
Check out our all-inclusive Spirit of the West Package at Monster Lake Ranch and imagine yourself living the authentic experience of ranch life. Everything you could dream of doing is included in this package and the option of a guided day trip to Yellowstone National Park is available for an additional fee depending on the size of your group. Food, fishing, riding, and tickets to Cody Night Rodeo events are all part of the package.
Buffalo Bill and his Wild West Show, the essence of the Old West, are waiting to for you to experience the early 20th century life in Cody, Wyoming. His legend and lore beckon you to the open spaces and the thrill of nature in the Rocky Mountains at Monster Lake Ranch. A celebration in his honor waits for you to join in the cheering at the rodeo.
What are you waiting for? Check our availability and make reservations now so you don’t miss out on an experience of a lifetime. See you back at the ranch!