Carbondale Rodeo Frequently Asked Questions:

How early should I get there?

The gates open at 5:30. Come out and bring your portable BBQ, cooler and a picnic dinner for a fun tailgate party. No time to cook? Slow Groovin BBQ is at the rodeo "delivering some of the best BBQ and food in the area" says owner, Ryan Vinciguerra. "click" here to see their Menu. Slack starts at 6:00 p.m. and the Grand Entry is at 7:30 p.m.

Are there parking and seating areas available for spectators with disabilities and/or mobility issues?

Up-front parking and a special seating area next to the fence with a close-up view of the action, is available for our spectators with disabilities and/or mobility issues. This parking is behind both bleachers; and the seating reserved for our guests with disabilities/mobility issues is located in front of the west bleachers (closest to Carbondale). BRING your own chairs as the seating area does not have chairs but is simply a reserved area for spectators with disabilities/mobility issues and their guests. Be sure and let the parking staff know you are headed to handicap parking so they are not trying to direct you to the main parking lots instead.

What is Slack?

Slack is the competition which occurs prior to the Grand Entry. Slack counts toward the buckle contest and nightly contest. Slack is typically barrel racers and ropers, which have the most contestants each night. 

Where is the best seat?

There are two grandstands with great views of all the action. Alternatively, for a small fee of $20 you can back your truck or car up to the arena fence (see protocol for parking at the bottom of this page) and watch the action with your friends & family. Please don’t climb on the fence.


Admission is $10 per adult or $30 per carload. A carload is 6 people or less. For each additional adult over 6 in a carload, admission is $5 per person. This does not include buses. Please call for information and pricing for buses. Mike Kennedy, Carbondale Wild West Rodeo Association Board President at 970-379-3907.

Children under ten years are free.

Where are the rodeo grounds located?

The rodeo arena is located 1 mile east of downtown Carbondale in the beautiful Roaring Fork Valley.

Gus Darien Riding Arena
County Road 100 (Catherine Store Road)
Carbondale CO, 81623

The Rodeo is centrally located in between Glenwood Spring and Aspen. Look for the sandwich board signs around Carbondale directing you to the arena.

If coming from Glenwood Springs on Highway 82 make a right at the light at County Road 100 (Catherine's Store Road) and follow the road. The rodeo will be on your right. If coming from Aspen on Highway 82, make a left at the light on County Road 100 (Catherine's Store Road) and follow the road to the arena. The rodeo will be on your right.

A map can be found on our Join us at the Carbondale Rodeo page.

What about parking?

There is parking on the rodeo grounds. Please carpool if you can and take advantage of our special admission of $30 per carload.

Should I bring a jacket?

The temperature cools down after the sun goes down, especially during the early part of the summer season. We recommend that you bring a jacket or a blanket to keep warm. A blanket can also be used to keep you warm when sitting on the bleachers.

What happens if it rains?

The rodeo goes on even if it rains. As the arena gets muddier, the action can become even more entertaining to watch.

How long does the rodeo last?

Approximately two hours. Occasionally it may go a little longer.

Can I bring my dog?

No, dogs are not allowed at the rodeo. It is dangerous for your pet, as well as the rodeo animals.

Can I pet the animals?

Please do not go near the rodeo animals, especially the bulls. These animals are not pets and can be temperamental.

Can I take pictures/video?

Yes, the rodeo is fun to photograph. You will have a great time capturing the action.

Where is the action after the rodeo?

The good times continue at the Pour House in Downtown Carbondale. It’s the place where contestants relive the joy and relieve the sorrows of the night. The nights rodeo action is replayed on the overhead screens. Rodeo appetizer, entree and drink specials offered. Look for Skip Bell behind the bar in his trademark Hawaiian shirt.

The Black Nugget Saloon also in downtown Carbondale has Rodeo Thursday! Every Thursday night after the rodeo featuring whiskey specials and country and western music.

The Carbondale Rodeo Recycles

Does the Rodeo Recycle?

Yes, Pictured here is uber volunteer TJ, demonstrating how to correctly recycle your empty aluminum beverage cans.

What is the protocol for parking around the arena fence?

The rodeo grounds open at 6:00am on rodeo Thursdays. The parking around the arena fence is first come, first-served. Vehicles, trailers, etc that park next to the arena fence will pay $20 per night. Please put your parking fee into the envelopes located at the arena . Full instructions are on the envelopes.