Outdoors and Adventure

America's Biggest Rodeos

Bucking broncos and the cowboys and cowgirls tough enough to tame ’em: The Wild West comes alive at America’s top rodeos. So pull your hat down tight, and bring it!

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Ellensburg Rodeo, Washington
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Ellensburg Rodeo

Now in its 75th year, the Ellensburg Rodeo in Washington State has grown from a local competition among ranch hands to a leading rodeo festival: More than 600 contestants vie for prize money in excess of $400,000. In the Pacific Northwest, the rodeo is second in size only to the Calgary Stampede in Alberta, Canada.

When to go: Labor Day weekend

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