Wild West Rodeo

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June 28, 2017

Mike Goscha Joins Carbondale Wild West Rodeo Board of Directors

Mike Goscha

Mike Goscha just recently joined the Carbondale Wild West Rodeo Association Board as a director. Mike Goscha was raised in Carbondale and graduated from Roaring Fork High School in 1990. He started working on a local ranch when he was 14 years old, and learned much about the registered Angus cattle business during the 25 years he worked there. Mike received his A.A. from Colorado Mountain College and went on to receive his B.S. from Colorado State University in 1998. He married his wife Jayme in 2000 and have owned and worked their own cattle with the help of their two children Trent and Tess. Mike also spent 5 years as an electrician and is currently the Ranch Manager at Bear Wallow Ranch where he lives with his family up Canyon Creek in Glenwood Springs.

Mike has been an active volunteer in the Carbondale community, and you may recognize him from his work with Mt. Sopris Rec Riders, Potato Days (Bareback Bonanza & Parade), Mt. Sopris 4-H club, or you may have seen him cheering his kids on at the Roaring Fork Ranch Roping, Garfield County Fair, baseball, softball or soccer fields. Most Sundays, the Goschas can be found at the Orchard church in Carbondale. Because of Trent’s and Tess’ passion for their western heritage, Mike and Jayme also took over the reins of the local gymkhana series several years ago and started the Sopris Gymkhana Club which holds monthly events at the Gus Darien Arena for riders of all ages from June-October each year.

The CWWR has always been a big part of the summer for the Goschas, as they began attending as a family when the kids were little. Trent and Tess both participated in mutton bustin’ and calf scramble and always enjoyed seeing their cowboy friends and neighbors each week at the rodeo. Trent loved the rodeo so much that on his 6th birthday he asked for donations to the CWWR instead of presents! Trent is pictured at 4 years old after Mutton Bustin’ at CWWR. Since Trent’s unexpected death in November 2016 at the age of 13, Mike and his family have dedicated themselves to the things Trent loved and valued in his short, but full, life. M Goscha small 2 The thing Trent loved most was being a cowboy and learning from the wonderful cowboys and cowgirls heroes he got to know at the CWWR. (The CWWRA Board has established the Trent Goscha Sportsmanship Award to be awarded to a participant in the rodeo or the gymkhana.) Mike is happy to work with such an incredible group of people as a member of the Carbondale Wild West Rodeo Board to keep Carbondale’s western traditions alive and to help bring the same joy to other families as the CWWR has brought to his.

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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.