This year is the 95th annual Collegiate Peaks Stampede Rodeo. This Colorado Pro-Rodeo approved event started as a fall celebration for the end of the growing and shipping season for Buena Kist lettuce. They had horse races, a bucking horse and roping contests,
Later, during the Great Depression, the WPA (who was at that time building Cottonwood Pass,) crew built a much desired rodeo arena. They sourced the logs for the grandstands from Black Mountain in Park County, and many of the original logs are still found in the under-structure.
During the 40’s, 50’s and 60’s the rodeo underwent several name changes before finally settling on the Collegiate Peaks Stampede. During the 50’s they also became sanctioned by the RCA (now the PRCA). With this change the Collegiate Peaks Stampede was expected to cover additional expenses, and after years of financial struggles the Lions Club took over the rodeo in 1966.
In 1991 the Lions Club formed a partnership with the American Legion, which resulted in improvements to the rodeo grounds. The town of Buena Vista also helped with new lights, metal bleachers, and a warm-up arena.
During 2004, after the withdrawal of the Lions Club in 1997 and then the 2004 withdraw of the American Legion, and non-profit corporation was formed, the Collegiate Peaks Stampede Inc.
After all of the years of struggles and facing the unknown, the rodeo now wins awards for being a newly sanctioned rodeo, best small purse rodeo, and best medium purse rodeo.
So please come and join us for one of the oldest rodeos in the state, and well as one of the best!
Saturday, June 11, 2016: 6:00 PM
Sunday, June 12, 2016 12:30 PM