Wild West Rodeo

For 12 Weeks in June through August - Rain or Shine

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February 21, 2020

Seeking 2020 CWWR Photographer

We are currently looking for a photographer for the 2020 Carbondale Wild West Rodeo season from June 4th through August 20th. Sam Lipscomb our 2019 photographer is not able to commit to the 2020 season as her family grew in the fall of 2019 with the addition of a new baby boy much to the joy of his older sister and parents. The newest addition isn’t quite ready to join the rodeo circuit on a weekly basis.

It has been the goal of CWWR to work with up and coming photographers that are getting their career started or attending college or trade school with the goal of making photography a part of their career and worklife. We have worked with CMC in the past and are reaching out to them as well. However, if you or someone you know of might be interested in being the Carbondale Wild West Rodeo photographer for the 2020 season and potentially a year or two beyond that, please contact Mike Kennedy, CWWRA Board President at 970-379-3907 or [email protected]

There is compensation and we provide free pizza and drinks each week to rodeo staff and volunteers. Our goal is to provide experience and help a student or beginning photographer build their portfolio. However, we would also consider a photographer who just wants to have some fun and get some great shots at the rodeo with a minimum compensation. As a non-profit we strive to provide scholarships and provide funding to charitable causes so we are limited in what we can pay a photographer and still contribute to worthwhile causes and in support of youth. Photos will be used on facebook and on the CWWR website. You are encouraged to offer your photos for sale and your contact info will be available on our website. If you fit either of these categories and would like to be our 2020 CWWR photographer please give us a shout.

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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.