Rocky Mountain States (Vocus) July 5, 2010
Intrepid cowboys saddled up for the country’s first structured rodeo in Cheyenne, Wyoming in 1872 about the same time as many of the Historic Hotels of the Rockies were being built. While much has changed in those 100 plus years, much has also stayed the same. Visitors can overnight in hotels that once housed western legends like Buffalo Bill, Calamity Jane and John 'Doc' Holliday; and they can still tip their hats to the fearless modern cowboys who ride, rope and steer wrestle at rodeos throughout the western United States.
In Wyoming rodeo is more than a sport, it’s a way of life and at the center of it is the American hero and icon, the cowboy. The state is home to some of the most prominent rodeos in the west including Cheyenne Frontier Days, Cody Stampede and Laramie Jubilee Days. Watch as cowboys compete in traditional events like bull riding, saddle bronc riding, bareback riding, steer wrestling (bulldogging), team roping, calf roping, and barrel racing. Visitors can thoroughly immerse themselves in the experience with a stay at Historic Hotels of the Rockies in Wyoming: Chamberlin Inn, Historic Elk Mountain Hotel, Historic Hotel Greybull, Historic Plains Hotel, Irma Hotel, Nagle Warren Mansion and the Historic Occidental Hotel.
While it’s the cowboys who take center stage, it’s often the ladies who kick things up at the rodeo. The tradition of the rodeo queen and her court dates to 1910. Today these young women do more than look polished from brim to boots, they are accomplished horsewomen and genuine cowgirls - rodeo’s sweethearts. Though she wasn’t a rodeo queen, Calamity Jane is considered the quintessential cowgirl and among the many places she stayed on her travels in the west was the Pollard Hotel in Red Lodge, Montana where visitors can attend the Home of the Champions Rodeo and Parade. Other Montana members near rodeo venues are the Sacajawea Hotel in Three Forks and the Izaak Walton Inn near Glacier National Park.
At every rodeo there is literally so much to do and see. The Snowmass Rodeo, near Aspen Colorado offers all the rodeo arena action plus cowboy poetry, country music and barbequed food. The National Western Stock Show in Denver is where real ranchers go to buy and sell livestock, but visitors can also see something a little spicy like the sombrero-topped vaqueros in Mexican Rodeo Extravaganza. At the Lake County Rodeo in Leadville stick around to swing your partner round the rodeo dance floor. Colorado’s Historic Hotel members are located near many of the state’s rodeo grounds and include Castle Marne, Delaware Hotel, Historic Hotel Colorado, New Sheridan Hotel, Peck House, and the Strater Hotel.
There’s no doubt about it, for a rip roarin’ good time western-style, saddle up and head to Historic Hotels of the Rockies where cowboys and rodeo queens, bulls and broncs, livestock and lariats await visitors to the West’s most historically significant hotels.
About Historic Hotels of the Rockies
An eclectic collection of 19 vintage properties, the Historic Hotels of the Rockies resurrect the glory days of the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. For detailed information on each hotel, go to http://www.historic-hotels.com. Go to http://www.historic-hotels.com/press_room/hotel_news_mainview2 for the online press room.
Jim Osterfoss, President
Historic Hotels of the Rockies
jim (at) nwmbb (dot) com
Vicky Nash, PR Representative
Resort Trends, Inc. - Tourism & Resort Communications
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