Wild West Rodeo

For 12 Weeks in June through August - Rain or Shine

Roz and Tom Turnbull
July 30, 2020

Roz Turnbull Memorial Contributions

It is with deepest sympathies we share the news of the passing of Roz Turnbull. She will be greatly missed. Her passion was her family, ranching and the ranching traditions and families of our area. The rodeo was a favorite activity and she cherished watching her son Mat, and grandson Bruce rope. Her grandson Mac as a youngster was a fixture in the calf scramble and he now enjoys visiting with the spectators while helping the 4-H youth sell popcorn or helping the contestants behind the chutes. Roz cheered everyone on encouraging them to do their best.

Roz and Tom supported the Carbondale Wild West Rodeo by building a pavilion with fire pit and picnic tables at the arena in honor of Roz’ parents, Bob and Ditty Perry. Roz was so pleased to see the pavilion being used for special music for the rodeo, folks enjoying the bbq at the rodeo, other special events and just to gather around a picnic table and visit with friends and family.

The Turnbull family has decided to honor Roz by adding a dinner bell and landscaping around the picnic pavilion at the Gus Darien Arena. We are truly grateful for their continued support. The dinner bell will remind us of how welcoming Roz was and how she enjoyed having folks gather around her dinner table. You can contribute to the Roz Turnbull Memorial Rodeo Grounds account at Alpine Bank. Call the Carbondale Branch of Alpine Bank if you are interested in contributing at 970-963-3040 to get more info or stop by the branch.

Roz’ obituary was as follows:

Rosamond Turnbull May 1, 1943 – July 4, 2020 Rosamond Turnbull died peacefully at her home in Carbondale, CO on Saturday July 4th, 2020. She was 77. Roz was born on May 1,1943 in Glenwood Springs, CO. She is a descendent of both the Brown and Perry families who have deep historical roots in Colorado. Her maternal grandfather, DRC Brown, was one of the original pioneers who helped establish the town of Aspen, CO and her paternal grandmother, Rosamond Underwood Perry (for whom she was named), was a Smith College graduate who came west as a schoolteacher at the Elkhead Schoolhouse near Hayden, CO. Her parents, Robert Perry and Ruth Brown Perry, were lifelong residents of the Roaring Fork Valley and stalwarts of the local ranching community. Roz attended CRMS and graduated from Colorado College in 1965. A year later she married Thomas R. Turnbull (Tom) and together they started their life of ranching and raising a family. They spent over 50 years devoted to raising cattle and caring for the land, as well as becoming an integral part of the fabric of the local community. Roz was a lovely person who touched many hearts. Her warmth and kindness enriched the lives of both family and friends. She was a constant source of love and encouragement and always strived to find the best in people and the positive in life. She enjoyed gardening, reading, drawing, and was an exceptional cook. Many people enjoyed sitting at her table near an old cookstove, savoring a delicious meal and thoughtful conversation. She naturally drew people together with her inclusive and accepting nature. She is survived by her husband, Tom and her four children: Catherine (Katie), Thomas M (Mat) and Pamela, Amy Turnbull and Finlay Anderson, Timothy (Tim) and Madeleine, as well as 8 wonderful grandchildren: Emily Barron, Duncan, Bruce, and MacAlister Turnbull, Lewis and Perrin Anderson, and Emma and Elizabeth (Ellie) Turnbull. A private memorial and burial service will be held for immediate family.

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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.