Wild West Rodeo

For 12 Weeks in June through August - Rain or Shine

Todd Shipley
February 11, 2022

Celebration of Life — Todd Shipley

All of us at Carbondale Wild West Rodeo — our board, volunteers, contestants and spectators are saddened by the passing of Todd Shipley. Our condolences go out to his family and friends. Todd lit up the rodeo and was always in the heat of the action as a volunteer pulling the rope and throwing open the bucking chute. He was always up for joining in on the fun and giving his all to the rodeo.

The Shipley family will be holding a Celebration of Life for Todd on April 30th at the Gus Darien Arena in Carbondale from 9:00 to 4:00. Please join them and share your memories of Todd and how he touched your lives. We will post updates as we learn more.

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Welcome to the Rodeo

The Carbondale Rodeo Committee is a not-for-profit, volunteer organization committed to keeping the Roaring Fork Valley’s western heritage alive by offering a fun family-oriented event for residents and visitors alike. The Carbondale Wild West Rodeo is held every Thursday from June until late August, rain or shine.

2024 Rodeo Season

The 2024 rodeo season will begin on Thursday, June 6th, and continue through Thursday, August 22nd. Come down to the rodeo every Thursday evening for 12 weeks. 

  • Gates open at 5 pm 
  • Slack is at 5:45 pm
  • Grand Entry is at 7:30
Get Involved

Join us in preserving the Western heritage of the Roaring Fork Valley by volunteering for the Carbondale Wild West Rodeo! Contribute to a meaningful cause, build lasting connections, and enjoy personal satisfaction in supporting a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the spirit of the Wild West. Whether you're experienced with livestock or not, there's a role for you. Sign up today and make a difference at the Carbondale Rodeo!


To volunteer, email Mike Kennedy at:
[email protected]  or call at:
(970) 379-3907.

Reserve Arena Fence Parking

We are excited to continue the premium arena fence online parking reservation system for the 2024 season!

Arena fence parking tickets go on sale every Wednesday starting at noon through the rodeo season and typically sell out within minutes.

Remember, leaving your vehicles at the arena or on Willow Lane early is no longer allowed. 

Learn more about premium arena fence parking tickets HERE.