Cheyenne Frontier Days revives the rough-and-tumble pastimes of the Old West with a summer exhibition complete with outdoor rodeo, interactive reenactments, and a historical museum. Sidle up to the rodeo, where you can ogle from C-stand seats as wranglers defy gravity while maintaining their balance on bucking broncos and hovering horseshoes. From 12:45 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day, spectators can catch 10 rodeo events and three track acts that feature more than 40 bulls, 70 broncos, and a trio of trick riders. Daring bull jockeys will attempt to ride a 2,000-pound bull for at least eight seconds, with the good riders successfully holding on and the great riders composing a rhyming haiku to recite on dismount.
As a young boy rafting with his grandparents, Dinosaur River Expeditions owner Tyler Callantine experienced his first whitewater rapids on the Green River and Yampa River—the same routes that his grandfather explored in the 1940s. Years later, he and his wife Jennifer extend the tradition to new generations, exposing novice rafters and seasoned adventurers alike to the clean, churning waters, red stone cliffs, and verdant pine trees of the Utah wilderness. Like Tyler, many of the staff members honed their expertise on the two waterways, granting them the unique know-how to expound on local lore and decipher the 700-year-old rock carvings’ “Do Not Touch” signs during hikes to Dinosaur National Monument.