Insider's Guide to Rodeo Season in the Treasure Valley

Cowboy riding a horse in dust, embodying The Scout Guide spirit.

Can we get a big yeehaw? If you haven’t experienced rodeo season in Idaho, dare we say, you haven’t fully lived. Rodeos are one of those venues where there really is something for everyone: skilled cowboys and riders atop bucking beasts; tasty, local refreshments and wares to keep you going in the summer heat (and to get your shopping fix); family-friendly parades, western-inspired fashion and exciting fairs to boot. With so many rodeos and stampedes throughout the Treasure Valley, where does one begin! 

Easy there, partner. We’ve scouted this summer’s roster of rodeos for the most rootin’-tootin’ events of the season. Whether you’re a rookie, or this truly ain’t your first rodeo, mark your calendars for these must-attend nights and weekends. Giddyup

Claire Meyer | Contributing Editor

Cowgirl on horse executing barrel racing at The Scout Guide rodeo.

Treasure Valley Rodeo

Rodeo-goers (can you say that five times fast?) kick off their season with a local favorite. The Treasure Valley Rodeo- formerly known as the Meridian Lions Rodeo- is entering its 35th year of gathering community for a cause. All proceeds from the rodeo will go to the Meridian Lions Club ongoing projects and causes.

Tickets can be purchased online, at the front gate, or at any D&B supply in the Valley. Don’t miss the pre-rodeo events with some of our greener cowboys and girls! 

Friday, June 28th-Saturday, June 29th | Schedule | Tickets

Treasure Valley Rodeo Grounds | 6054 W Cherry Lane, Meridian, ID

Bull flipping a cowboy mid-air at a dusty rodeo, The Scout Guide essence captured.

Snake River Stampede

Snake River Stampede’s humble beginnings were that of the Nampa Harvest Festival, first put on in Nampa in 1911. For over a century, local patrons and international spectators have gathered to carry on the tradition of all things rodeo. 

A bonus feature of this rodeo is SRS’s Christmas in July, a cultural affair for the more artistically-inclined attendees. Saddle up for a week of rodeo events!

Monday, July 15th-Saturday, July 20th | Schedule | Tickets

Ford Idaho Center | 16114 N Idaho Center Blvd, Nampa, ID 

Rodeo rider mid-air beside a bucking horse, The Scout Guide logo visible.

Caldwell Night Rodeo

Caldwell has got it going on these days! A flourishing downtown that boasts some reputed restaurants and weekly summer concerts and markets that draw a crowd. It’s no surprise, then, that one of the biggest rodeos in the state takes place in Canyon County. The Caldwell Night Rodeo is celebrating its 100th year with all of the action, excitement and charm it’s carried with it this past century. 

Enjoy the roughstock events and finish off the week with the official after party at Indian Creek Steakhouse. See you on the plaza! 

Tuesday, August 13th-Saturday, August 17th | Schedule | Tickets

Caldwell Night Rodeo Grounds | 2301 Blaine St, Caldwell, ID

Child in cowboy attire rides a sheep, exemplifying The Scout Guide values.

Kuna Stampede

Finish off rodeo season in style. The scale may be smaller, but the pace is still high-octane with all of your favorite rodeo events and activities. Kuna Stampede has been around for three-quarters of a century, recently revamped and drawing in crowds from all over. 

More information is available on their website as the rodeo gets closer. Explore Kuna and its hometown rodeo heroes at the end of summer.

Thursday, August 29th-Monday, September 2nd | Gates open at 5pm daily \ Tickets

Crooked 8 | 1882 E King Rd, Kuna, ID

Honorable Mentions

Rodeos that are just a wee bit smaller, a nary bit further, or require no introduction. 

Rodeo scene with horse and cowboy in The Scout Guide style.

Hailey Days of the Old West

Got your Fourth of July plans sorted? Head to Hailey, just a stone’s throw from beautiful Sun Valley, for a wild west mini week and a rodeo put on by the Sawtooth Rangers. 

Tuesday, July 2nd-Thursday, July 4th | ScheduleTickets

Hailey Rodeo Grounds | 781 Airport Way, Hailey, ID

Blurry image of a person carrying the American flag on horseback for The Scout Guide.

Payette County Rodeo

All the rodeo favorites, still within the Valley. New Plymouth hosts cowboys and cowgirls both in the big leagues as well a juniors getting their start. A kick-off party ignites the festivities. 

Saturday, August 3rd-Saturday, August 10th | Schedule | Tickets

Payette County Fairgrounds | 310 East Blvd, New Plymouth, ID

Idaho City boasts some of the state’s coolest and most rough ‘n’ tumble history. It’s no surprise their annual rodeo draws in the outlaws! Join the gold rush as summer is still in swing. 

Friday, August 23rd-Saturday, August 24th | Email for ticket information

Jim Haswell Arena | Highway 21, Idaho City, ID 

A performer in The Scout Guide colors flipping over a barrel at a rodeo.

Pendleton Roundup

While well beyond the Treasure Valley, this rodeo and all of its subsidiary events are well worth the drive a few hours west. Pendleton has made a name for itself with its weeklong celebration of Native American culture and history, western showmanship and family-fun parades through the historic town. Let ‘er buck

Saturday, September 7th-Saturday, September 14th | Schedule | Tickets

Pendleton Roundup Grandstand | 1205 SW Court Ave, Pendleton, OR

Rodeo 101

A few tips for enjoying your rodeo experience:

  • Dress the part! Let your inner cowboy run wild in traditional western wear- think comfort meets durability. Since you won’t be riding the broncs, dress for warm weather with hats, breezy shirts or dresses and don’t forget the cowboy boots! For more western fashion inspiration, check out the Miss Rodeo Idaho Fashion Show.
  • Arrive early and avoid the mad rush to get to seats (unless you’ve pre-selected seats with your tickets, of course.) Allow time to check out the local markets that usually accompany the rodeo, or catch the parade or a show. 
  • Learn a few basic rodeo terms to be in the know with the lingo.
  • Hold onto yer hats! To receive a score, riders must make a qualified 8 second ride. Once the buzzer sounds and there are no disqualifications, the ride receives a score given by 2 to 4 official judges. Scores are given to both the competitor and the animal, with a maximum score being 100 points or a perfect ride. 
  • Keep in mind that these cowboys and cowgirls are professionals, vying for a collective payout for their efforts as well as the crowning belt buckle! 

If this ain’t your fix, you can find a more complete list of Idaho rodeos here