NWSS is back for 2022 and better than ever! The National Western Stock Show and Rodeo was forced to cancel last year’s event due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but this year it’s coming back bigger and better than ever. One of the most iconic parts of the event, the kickoff parade, will not be part of the festivities this year, but there’s still plenty to do and see.
The 16-day event Jan. 8 through Jan. 23 at the National Western Complex is a huge event that typically attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors. It includes rodeos, horse shows, mutton bustin’ and many other things to do.
|National Western Complex
|Jan 8th – 23rd, 2022
|The Cowboy Channel, CowboyChannelPlus
The National Western Stock Show & Rodeo is an annual event that takes place in Denver, Colorado. The event consists of a professional rodeo, horse show, and agricultural trade show. Here’s how you can watch the National Western Stock Show & Rodeo from anywhere in the world.
- 1 When is the National Western Stock Show and Rodeo 2022?
- 2 Where is the National Western Stock Show and Rodeo 2022 held?
- 3 Schedule of Events
- 4 What TV Channel will the National Western Stock Show & Rodeo be on?
- 5 How to watch National Western Stock Show & Rodeo 2022?
- 6 Stock Show tickets
- 7 How to get there and park
- 8 COVID-19 rules and other policies
- 9 Where to go, what to do
- 10 Here are a few of the highlights
- 11 National Western Stock Show Parade
- 12 About
When is the National Western Stock Show and Rodeo 2022?
The rodeo is a yearly event that occurs in Denver and brings in fans and athletes from various locations. Last year, the rodeo was unable to take place because of the pandemic, but it has been rescheduled for January 8th-23rd, 2022.
Where is the National Western Stock Show and Rodeo 2022 held?
The National Western Stock Show and Rodeo is an annual event that celebrates the heritage of the American West. The event is held in Denver, Colorado at the National Western Complex. After the COVID-19 pandemic forced the cancellation of last year’s event, the NWSS will return for 2022.
Schedule of Events
The National Western Complex hosts an annual event in January that is the nation’s premier livestock, rodeo, and horse show. This event serves agricultural producers and consumers from all around the world. Attendees can enjoy rodeos with top-notch bull riders, horse shows, livestock competitions and auctions. There is also an extensive trade show with Colorado’s largest Western vendors. The full schedule of events can be found here.
What TV Channel will the National Western Stock Show & Rodeo be on?
The Cowboy Channel has the only official partnership with the PRCA, meaning that the National Western Stock Show & Rodeo will only be aired on their network. This exclusive deal is for 16 days only, so set your DVRs!
How to watch National Western Stock Show & Rodeo 2022?
Here’s how to watch the 2022 National Western Stock Show & Rodeo, even if you don’t have cable or a cable log-in. You can still watch a live stream of NWSS by using one of these methods.
The Cowboys Channel
The PRCA has announced that their events will now be aired on two national TV networks. This is a great opportunity for the sport of rodeo to be seen by millions of people live. Along with this, there will be a wide variety of other PRCA programming that will be available for viewers to enjoy. This will include expanded live coverage of the PRORODEO TOUR and the PRCA’s Xtreme Bulls Tour events. The Cowboy Channel is now available on Dish Network-232, Direct TV-603, ***-260 anytime, and anywhere. You can enjoy Rural Media on these platforms:
- AT&T (Channel 568 & 1568)
- Charter Spectrum
- DIRECTV (Channel 345)
- DIRECTV NOW
- DISH (Channel 231)
- Sling TV’s Heartland Package
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PRCA on The Cowboy Channel+ App
With the PRCA on The Cowboy Channel+ App, fans can easily stay up-to-date with their favorite PRCA rodeos and athletes. The best part is that they can access this content from anywhere in the world, as long as they have an internet connection. The app is available on both Android and iOS, and can be accessed via any mobile device or smart TV. Plus, viewers will get to enjoy free access to rodeo news, bios, highlights, and more. With a subscription to The Cowboy Channel+, viewers unlock access to live rodeo feeds, classic PRCA archived rodeos, and The Cowboy Channel video-on-demand programming. The Cowboy Channel+ is the only place to stream the National Western Stock Show and Rodeo. It is available for $9.99 a month or $89.99 for a yearly subscription. To sign up for the PRCA on The Cowboy Channel+ App, visit www.cowboychannelplus.com.
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Stock Show tickets
A grounds admission ticket at the Stock Show will give you access to the Yards, Coors Western Art gallery, hundreds of Western vendors, and events like horse shows, stock dog competitions and mutton bustin’. Rodeos and other special events require a separate ticket.
The cost of the tickets depends on the day of the week:
- $17-$25 for adults 12+
- $4-5 for children 3-11
- Free for children 2 and under
A guest badge that’s good for grounds admission for all 16 days costs $70.
There will be one free day for ground admissions on Jan. 11.
Tickets are available to buy online or in-person.
Special events that require separate tickets are:
- Colorado vs. the World Rodeo – Saturday, Jan. 8
- Invitational Ranch Rodeo – Saturday, Jan. 8
- Mexican Rodeo Extravaganza – Sunday, Jan. 9
- Freestyle Reining – Sunday, Jan. 9
- Bull Riding – Monday, Jan. 10; Tuesday, Jan. 11, and Wednesday, Jan. 12
- Pro Rodeos – Thursday, Jan. 13; Friday, Jan. 14; Saturday, Jan. 15; Sunday, Jan. 16; Monday, Jan. 17; Tuesday, Jan. 18; Wednesday, Jan. 19; Thursday, Jan. 20;
Friday, Jan. 21; Saturday, Jan. 22, and Sunday, Jan. 23
- Gambler’s Choice Jumper Stake – Friday, Jan. 14
- Wild West Shows – Saturday, Jan. 15, and Sunday, Jan. 16
- Xtreme Dogs Shows – Monday, Jan. 17, and Tuesday, Jan. 18
- MLK Jr. African-American Heritage Rodeo – Monday, Jan. 17
- Grand Prix – Monday, Jan. 17
- Evening of Dancing Horses – Wednesday, Jan. 19, and Thursday, Jan. 20
- Draft Horse, Mule & Donkey Shows – Friday, Jan. 21, and Saturday, Jan. 22
How to get there and park
The National Western Complex is a happening place, especially when the rodeo is in town. It’s bordered by Interstate 70 to the south, Brighton Boulevard to the east and National Western Drive to the west. You’ll find a lot of people milling around here, so it’s the perfect place to people watch.
Parking at the Stock Show can be tough to come by, so the Stock Show is encouraging visitors to park at the Coors Field lots and take free shuttles to the grounds.
Free shuttles will run every 10 minutes from the South Box Office to lots F, O, DPS near the Stock Show grounds and to Coors Field.
Your best bet for getting to the Denver Coliseum is by using a rideshare service like Uber or Lyft. If you’re using public transit, you can take the RTD Lightrail N-Line to the National Western Center stop.
For more on parking, click here.
COVID-19 rules and other policies
The Stock follows City of Denver guidelines in regards to COVID-19. That means visitors and participants must wear a mask in indoor spaces. The mask order doesn’t apply to outdoor areas or to anyone who’s actively eating and drinking.
While proof of vaccination will not be officially required, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment as well as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention strongly recommend that everyone wear a mask in public. They state that vaccination is the best protection against COVID-19.
Other things to know:
- Outside food and drink aren’t allowed, and neither are coolers. Exceptions are made for babies and those with medical conditions.
- No animals other than those being exhibited are allowed, with the exception of service animals.
- Wheelchairs are available free of charge of a first-come, first-served basis and can be checked out at the information booth above the south lobby of the Expo Hall.
- A family restroom and “nursing shed” are on the third-floor Kids Zone.
Where to go, what to do
Here’s where to go for various attractions and events:
- NW Complex Building: Box office, Expo Hall, Hall of Education, Stadium Arena, NW Club, Beef Palace Auction Arena, Junior Barnes
- Events Center: Box office, Cinch Arena, paddock, horse barns
- Coliseum: Rodeo arena, main level concourses
- Yards and Stockyards Event Center: Livestock pens, stock dog show
- The horse and livestock shows start at 7 a.m. daily.
Trade show times are:
- 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday – Thursday
- 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday
Here are a few of the highlights
Junior Livestock Auction: Every year, there is a big competition with thousands of junior market animals. Out of those thousands, only 96 qualify for the Auction of Junior Livestock Champions. 9NEWS broadcasts the live auction of the Grand Champion and Reserve Grand Champion animals. In the past, winning bids have reached as high as $150,000.
Coors Western Art Gallery: The third floor gallery is a great place to learn about Colorado’s Western heritage. It is open each day from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., and net proceeds go to the National Western Scholarship Trust.
Ames Activity Pavilion: Join us for family-friendly events in the white tent near the South Food Court. You’ll enjoy Old West Cowboy Antics, Folkloric Dancers, Sheep Shearing, and a Stick Horse Rodeo.
Shopping and food: More than 300 vendors from all around come to the NW Complex Building to sell their wares. You can find anything from clothes to food to trinkets, and the best part is that you can explore all three levels of the complex. If you get hungry, there are plenty of dining options, and if you’re looking for entertainment, you can always check out the Events Center or the Coliseum. For more on the vendors and floor plans, click here.
Petting Farm: The third floor is a great place for kids to interact with more than 60 barnyard animals. And the best part is that it won’t cost you a thing!
Colorado Fiddle Championships: Jan. 8-9 at the Beef Palace Auction Arena.
Mutton Bustin’: This event, which is one of the most popular at the NWSS, features children ages 5 to 7 and under 55 pounds riding sheep out of a shoot and into the arena. Mutton Bustin’ happens during many of the rodeo performances and also on Jan. 16 and 18 in the Stadium Arena.
National Western Stock Show Parade
The Kick-Off Parade that was supposed to occur on Thursday, Jan. 6 was unfortunately canceled because of the weather, as stated by Paul Andrews, CEO and president of NWSS.
The parade and cattle drive through the streets of downtown Denver was to begin at noon Thursday at Union Station before marching 12 blocks down 17th Street to Glenarm Place. However, due to snowy and icy conditions expected in the Denver metro area, the parade was canceled.
Organizers were concerned about potential dangerous conditions on 17th Street. The Stock Show Fair, which was scheduled to take place Thursday at McGregor Square, was also canceled as a result.
The National Western Stock Show is a 501(c) (3) charitable organization that provides scholarships for students studying agriculture and medicine. Our mission is to serve producers and consumers around the world by being the premier stock show and nationally recognized western heritage and entertainment event. The NWSS is one of Colorado’s top tourist destinations and is held each January for 16 days. The annual event is considered the Super Bowl of livestock shows, as it hosts nearly 20 breeds of cattle throughout the 16-day run.
The annual event includes one of the world’s richest regular-season professional rodeos, as well as international equestrian shows and Colorado’s largest agricultural trade show. The event attracts 660,000 guests each year and has a significant economic impact on the City & County of Denver and nearby communities, exceeding $100 million annually.
For more information visit – www.nationalwestern.com