Each summer, Casper gets a little more western when the nation’s top cowboys and cowgirls come to town. The College National Finals Rodeo (CNFR) is the meeting of the world’s best college rodeo athletes as they compete for a national title. For more than 20 years, CNFR has called Casper home and to celebrate another memorable year on the horizon, we’ve rounded up a few ways to have the best rodeo week ever.

1. Attend the Rodeo Performances

From June 9-15th 2024, CNFR’s daily performances take center stage at the Ford Wyoming Center. Athletes compete each day in saddle bronc riding, bare back riding, bull riding, tie-down roping, steer wrestling, team roping, barrel racing, breakaway roping and goat tying.

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2. Find Your Western Fit at Lou Taubert Ranch Outfitters

Arguably the most iconic building in all of Casper, Lou Taubert Ranch Outfitters in the heart of downtown is the place to find all things western in Wyoming. When you walk through the doors, you’re met with the distinct and charming smell of leather and the sight of thousands of cowboy boots — literally, the store keeps around 10,000 pairs of boots in stock! Even if you’re not in the market for western garb, the store stocks high-quality made-in-Wyoming gifts, decor and souvenirs. Plus, perusing the 55,000-square-foot store is a worthwhile adventure in itself.

Downtown Casper

3. Drink the West

From extraordinarily unique handcrafted cocktails at Backwards to local microbrews made right here in Wyoming, Casper has something for every palate. Relax on the outdoor patio at Gruner Brothers while soaking up the view of Casper Mountain or stop into Skull Tree and experience what our charming downtown has to offer. Pro tip: download our free Ale Trail brewery pass for discounts and the perfect excuse to taste each of our eight local breweries. 

Gruner Brothers Brewing

4. Touch American History

Casper sits right at the convergence of several historic trails including the Oregon, California, Mormon and Pony Express trails. Evidence of westward expansion can be found all around the Casper area with museums, historic sites and living history around every corner. Experience what it was like to make the trek west with interactive exhibits at the National Historic Trails Interpretive Center or pull a handcart at Martin’s Cove. If prehistoric history is more up your alley, then head to the Tate Geological Museum and say hi to Dee the Mammoth, an 11,600-year-old Colombian Mammoth discovered northeast of Casper in 2006.

Tate Geological Museum

5. Play America's Fastest Growing Sport

If you haven't tried Pickleball yet, now is your chance. Wyoming's only indoor Pickleball facility, Casper Pickleball & Sports Complex, is right here in the One & Only Casper, and the crowd there is always welcoming of newcomers. Rent or bring your own paddle and either find or make a friend, then it's game on. 

6. Fish the North Platte

There’s no question that the North Platte River is home to some of the nation’s best fly-fishing. With up to 5,000 fish per mile, we can’t promise you’ll catch something… but your chances are very good. The best part is, the North Platte runs right through the heart of downtown. Which means you wont have to go far from the rodeo action to hook a trophy trout. Pack your own gear or seek out one of our many trusted guides to take you out for an unforgettable day on the water.

North Platte River Fishing

7. Catch Live Music at David Street Station 

Come kick up your boots and get down like a true local at David Street Station. Nestled in the heart of downtown Casper, this iconic outdoor venue acts as a hub for visitors and locals alike. David Street Station has a way of bringing Casper together no matter the occasion, but especially during the rodeo. It's also a great place to find one of our many delicious food trucks or walk over to one of our 4 local breweries that are located downtown. All concerts are free to all are bound to be unforgettable. See you there! 

David Street Station Downtown Casper

8. After Party at The Gaslight 

After a night of rodeo action, there's no better place to continue the party than The Gaslight Social in downtown Casper.

Galentine's Day Casper, Wyoming

9. Explore Our Wide Open Spaces on Casper Mountain

Known for our wide-open spaces, Casper Mountain is one of the best places in town to experience them. Just a 15-minute drive from downtown you'll find a dense forest with miles of beautiful trails to explore. Hike to Bridle Trail at Rotary Park for an Insta-worthy photo of the waterfall, mountain bike through the ponderosa pines on the mountain trails, or take a scenic drive up to lookout point for a panoramic view of Casper!

Couple Hiking on Casper Mountain

10. Soak Your Feet in Alcova Reservoir

Lazy days on the water are what summer is all about, and there's not better place for them than at Alcova Reservoir. Rent a paddleboard or kayak from Alcova Resort and float through the towering canyon walls in Fremont Canyon or set up shop on the waterfront and let the kiddos play in the sand at Sandy Beach.

A Man In A Kayak at Alcova Lake In Casper, WY

11. Attend NIC Fest & Soak in the Western Art Scene 

NIC Fest is back in Casper in 2024, and we can't wait to kick off CNFR week with this beloved, local art festival. Meet us at the Nicolaysen Art Museum June 14-16th for an epic artisan market full of vendors, local and international artists food trucks, a beer garden, music and more. 

Casper has 11 museums, and no lack of history to explore. Visit the National Historic Trails Interpretive Center or the Nicolaysen Art Museum which includes pieces from Picasso, Charles Russell, and more.

Get your CNFR tickets here and head to our events calendar for more information about what’s going on in Casper.