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Top of the World Rodeo

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Wrangle yourself a seat in Cripple Creek to see the rodeo at the top of the world! For one rollicking good weekend in June, just west of Pikes Peak, Top of the World Rodeo draws crowds from all over the West. But stay at Cheyenne Mountain Resort, you’ll get to discover all the fun right from your backyard!

Cripple Creek has a long and rich rodeo lineage, including an indoor rodeo that bucked its way into being back in the early 1900’s. The Creek was a cattle ranch at the time, before the discovery of gold forever changed the region and cities like it. In 1895, the only Mexican Bullfight ever fought on North American soil was staged just outside of town. Fast-forward to today and find Colorodians proudly carrying on the long-standing tradition of folks pushing themselves and their livestock to the edge, and sharing the spectacle with the world. Approaching its year as a top Colorado Professional Rodeo Association sanctioned event, the Top of the World Rodeo features two days of thrilling competition, including bareback riding, barrel racing, breakaway roping, bull riding, mixed team roping, saddle bronc riding, steer wrestling, team roping, tie down roping and a crowd favorite, mutton busting. The family friendly weekend also includes a rodeo parade through town, a street party, and regular appearances by world champion cowboys and rodeo legends. Top the World isn’t too loft a name either; the event earns its title by being the highest elevation in the world at 9,640 feet. It’s an event you can’t afford to miss with stunts that’ll have you holding your breath and jumping for joy. Call Cheyenne Mountain Resort’s concierge today to make plans to attend next year’s rodeo and to learn all about the events you can still participate in this summer in the mountains.