Wild West Rodeo

For 12 Weeks in June through August - Rain or Shine

Matt Nieslanik -- Pickup Man at Work, photo by George Hendrix
July 29, 2015

Matt Nieslanik, Carbondale Wild West Rodeo Pickup Man — Best Wishes for a Speedy Recovery

The Carbondale Wild West Rodeo Association Board, Volunteers, Contestants and Fans are wishing Matt Nieslanik a speedy recovery.

Matt is pictured above assisting a ranch bronc contestant. Photo courtesy of George Hendrix.

Matt injured his leg on July 16 at the CWWR, when his pickup horse slipped in the alleyway when he was escorting a ranch bronc out of the arena. Matt is a local cowboy and rancher, team roper and all-around tough guy who has been involved in the Carbondale Wild West Rodeo and Snowmass Rodeo for many years. Matt suffered a broken fibia and torn ligaments and had surgery this past week to place a screw in his leg. He will be in a boot for at least a couple of months. We thank Matt for his dedication to the Carbondale Wild West Rodeo and his many years of service. We look forward to when you can return. Heal quickly but don’t overdo it!

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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.

2023 Rodeo Season

The 2023 rodeo season will begin on Thursday, June 1st and continue through Thursday, August 17th. Come down to the rodeo every Thursday evening for 12 weeks with slack at 6:00 p.m. and the main performance at 7:30 p.m.


Learn more about the changes and what to expect for the 2023 rodeo season here! 

Get Involved

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

Reserve Arena Side Parking

We are excited to announce the introduction of our premium arena side online parking reservation system new for the 2023 season!

Arena side parking tickets go on sale every Wednesday starting at 12 pm through the rodeo season!

Leaving your vehicles at the arena or on Willow Lane early will no longer be allowed for the 2023 season!!  We hope you'll enjoy the convenience of reserving your premium arena-side parking in advance.  

Purchase your arena-side parking tickets HERE!!