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.

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.