Fun Times at the NFR - Even Without Rodeo Tickets
|Wrangler Rodeo Arena|
You can find seats through the official ticket exchange, but this will set you back a respectable amount of pocket change. Last I checked, tickets for Saturday's final performance were running anywhere from $156 to $1500 a seat. A little too rich for my blood but that doesn't stop us from having a great time in Vegas during rodeo week.
To begin with, it's Las Vegas. A town that never sleeps and boasts stunning golf courses, world class dining, and all of the dazzling lights anyone could desire. If you prefer something a little more quiet, there are the breathtaking vistas of Red Rock Canyon and Spring Mountain Ranch just a short drive from the Strip. We love to pack a lunch and spend the day driving out in the desert, ending the day with the sunset in Death Valley. If you are into photography there are some great spots to catch some fiery images.
|Spring Mountain Ranch|
And the fun doesn't end with the final 8-second ride. No, there are plenty of after parties and great country entertainers in town during the ten-day event. The week kicked off with the Downtown Hoedown, a free party on Freemont Street complete with three stages and six country acts.
|Chase Bryant rocks the Downtown Hoedown|
|Alberta's own Terri Clark|
Upstairs from Cowboy Christmas is the Wrangler Rodeo Arena where we enjoyed seeing rodeo's next generation compete in Mini-Bucking Bulls, Wild Pony Races, and the Mini Bareback Championship, to name but a few. These events are free and a good chance for families to take in some rodeo. Kids like to watch someone their own age compete and, who knows, your youngster might be inspired to try their own hand at tie-down roping.
So, as a rodeo fan would I love to be in the arena, cheering on my favourite Canadian cowboy or cowgirl? Absolutely! Will not having a ticket stop me from coming back to rodeo week in Vegas? Never!